Building upon an initiative with Cancer Research Racquet, which has funded six American Cancer Society researchers during the past fifteen years, the WTA Charities Aceing Cancer campaign will fund research specifically focused on cancers that primarily affect women and/or have high incidence and mortality rates with women, including breast, ovarian, uterine, cervical, lung, colorectal and pancreatic cancers.
Like many of us, cancer has touched the lives of the WTA family directly. In 2014, just months after her diagnosis, celebrated WTA player Elena Baltacha succumbed to liver cancer at the age of 30. Through spearheading the Aceing Cancer campaign, the American Society, Cancer Research Racquet and the WTA honor her legacy.
Funds from the Aceing Cancer campaign will support a researcher from the American Cancer Society’s “pay-if” program, which includes projects that pass the American Cancer Society’s rigorous research standards and are funded as money becomes available. There are currently 740 active research grants which support scientists and health professionals ranging from basic lab research to bedside patient care. One of the main goals of the WTA Charities Aceing Cancer campaign is to increase the total number of researchers.
Cancer is the second leading cause of death among women, and this year 8.2 million women will be diagnosed. This initiative to fund important, women-centric research will have worldwide impact to find cures to save the lives of women like Elena Baltacha in the future. The American Cancer Society’s global program of work leverages more than 100 years of experience in the U.S. to make a difference for women around the world.
The time is now to fund bright minds to attack cancers that affect women. We hope you’ll help us as we work together to improve the lives of women worldwide.