$10,000 Donation Helps Breast Cancer Research

New secondary breast cancer research will be conducted at University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for Medical Research next year, thanks to a donation from Assistant Commissioner Donna Adams and Tasmania Police.

The $10,000 being donated by the Tasmania Police Charity Trust (TPCT) will fund an Honours research student for one year to work specifically on secondary breast cancer research.

Almost half the donation is funded by Ms Adams’ prize money as the winner of the 2014 Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year.

Ms Adams, whose family members will be attending the donation event, has a special interest in breast cancer research after her mother died from the disease last year.

The Honours program is usually undertaken by a student who has completed three years of a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery degree.

Commissioner of Police and Chair of the TPCT, Darren Hine, said:

“The Trust makes donations to many good causes to help improve the lives of Tasmanians.

“Secondary breast cancer research is certainly something that fits within this remit.

“This area of research is particularly significant as Assistant Commissioner Adams’ mother died from breast cancer last year.

“Ms Adams’ generosity in donating her prize winnings has helped make this scholarship possible.”

Associate Professor Jo Dickinson, who leads the Cancer, Genetics and Immunology research theme at Menzies, said:

“Secondary cancers arising from the spread of primary tumours are frequently very difficult to treat effectively, and this is true for secondary breast cancer tumours.

“This generous donation will contribute to our research aiming to understand the changes that occur in breast cancer cells that allow them to spread to form secondary tumours, and why they then become resistant to treatment. It will also provide an important training opportunity for our students.”


[Picture: Donna’s father (left) was also at the donation ceremony to see the cheque handed over to Menzies Associate Professor Jo Dickinson (right)]

Image: TPCT Breast Cancer Donation