Love/Avon’s Army of Women: their reply to my questions!

OK. I’m impressed. A swift answer, and one that actually addresses my questions in a substantive way. If any of you sign on, I encourage you to ask about funding. I confess I am curious to know why the Department of Defense funds breast cancer studies. It would seem they have an inherent conflict of interest, given their main mission involves strewing toxic substances about.

Still, we have here the tools we need to evaluate each study on its own merits.

Dear Victoria,

Thank you for your email and providing feedback. We have not previously included the funding source in our study e-blasts, but it is definitely something we can consider for the future. The majority of the studies we help recruit for are funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Avon Foundation, American Cancer Society, and Komen Foundation. The Breast Cancer Risk in Young Women’s Study is funded by internal, department funding from Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis.

This study is enrolling women diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer. I do not think a specific percentage of the funding for their study is earmarked specifically for bc met; rather, they are studying why young women are diagnosed with invasive breast cancer of any stage.

We are currently helping recruit for a study looking specifically for women with metastatic breast cancer. This study is funded by the Department of Defense. You can find all of the study information here:

The Army of Women conducts a rigorous review of the study applications we receive. Our goal is to identify research that is ethical, well designed, and asks an important question about breast cancer. Those studies found to be a good fit for the Army of Women are then reviewed by our external Scientific Advisory Committee, comprised of researchers, clinicians, and advocates who are nominated by the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, National Breast Cancer Coalition, American Association for Cancer Research, California Breast Cancer Research Program, and the Avon Foundation.

If you would like to know the funding source for a specific study we are recruiting for, please let me know and I will be happy to provide the information. If you have any additional questions, please let me know.

Again, thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your support!

Kind regards,


Leah Wilcox, MPH

Army of Women Research Project Manager

Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation

2811 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500

Santa Monica, CA 90403

Phone: (310) 828-0060 Ext. 27

Fax: (310) 828-5403


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4 Responses to Love/Avon’s Army of Women: their reply to my questions!

  1. Hmm it looks like your blog ate my first comment (it was super long) so I guess I’ll just sum it up what I submitted and say, I’m thoroughly enjoying your blog.
    I too am an aspiring blog writer but I’m still new to the whole thing. Do you have any suggestions for rookie blog writers? I’d definitely appreciate it.

    • Thank you! I just read one of my entries from 2006. I’d forgotten all about horse-sitting!

      As you can see, I don’t blog often and miss a lot of notifications from the site. As for advice, the best I can offer; the best I’ve been offered, is … write. Corollary to that: read. There are some books on writing that may be worth your time: Anne LaMott’s “Bird by Bird,” “Writing Down the Bones,” …. I also find it helpful to hang out with writers. I’ve won a couple of local awards, so I can pass as a Writer, which will never cease to amaze me. But the local crowd here is very supportive and eager to help others get read.

      I would produce more if I were more disciplined. I get SO CLOSE… then my son has a baby and I have to tear closets apart for his baby clothes, toys, etc. and two years later, my “dedicated writing space” remains more cluttered than my mind. One last thing, and it’s the first question I ask when I begin editing a manuscript for another author: Who is your audience? It’s one thing to have a story; it’s another to tell it. Take a “simple” story like the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. How would you tell it to people who think just like you? How would you tell it to Yankees? Southerners? Africans? African Americans? Children? Before you put pencil to paper (literally or figuratively), take a minute to visualize your ideal audience and, maybe, a minute more to consider the response you want from them. Then, set all that aside and WRITE. It’s your story. Tell it.

      Best of luck!

    • Have I replied to your question? I may have gotten your earlier post, because I distinctly remember writing A reply to Somebody. Short answer: keep writing. Read the comments and learn from them, but don’t let them derail you. Stay the course!

      Anne Lamott’s “Bird by Bird” is an entertaining book about writing. And, of course, about Anne Lamott. Here’s a summary: Writers write. Helpful, isn’t it?

      With freshly pared quill,

    • I hope that doesn’t sound to glib. And I forgot to ask for a link to your blog.

      I have mush-for-brains and no manners whatsoever.

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