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Key To The Cure Women’s Cancer Initiative Kicks-Off With Women For Women Symposium


PITTSBURGH, September 14, 2006 — Leading women researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) are joining Saks Fifth Avenue to kick-off their annual cancer fundraiser, Key to the Cure, Oct. 12 to14, to raise awareness and funding for women’s cancers. The kick-off event, to be held from 5 to 9 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 12, will feature a Women for Women Symposium from 5 to 6 p.m. The event will take place at Saks Fifth Avenue, 513 Smithfield St., downtown Pittsburgh.

The Women for Women Symposium will feature a panel of women scientists from UPCI including keynote speakers Dorothea Becker, Ph.D., and Lisa Butterfield, Ph.D., who will discuss how cancer affects women differently than men and the challenges women face in the field of cancer research.

Key to the Cure is a nationwide women’s cancer initiative founded by Saks in 1999 to raise money for research and treatment programs for breast, ovarian, uterine and cervical cancers. The initiative has raised more than $20 million for cancer research since its inception.

A portion of the proceeds from sales at Saks stores across the country from the evening of Oct. 12 through Oct. 14 will be donated directly to women’s cancer organizations. The downtown Pittsburgh location will donate a portion of sale proceeds during this period to UPCI and UPMC Cancer Centers.

Tickets for the kick-off event are $50 per person in advance or $60 at the door and will benefit UPCI. For additional information and to register, please call 412-623-4700.

Sponsors for the event include Roomful Express Furniture and Babst, Calland, Clements and Zomnir Attorneys at Law. The national underwriter for the event is Mercedes-Benz USA.


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