May 31, 2016 (BOSTON) – Tufts Medical Center announced today that sales of “Cure Breast Cancer” license plates have surpassed $1 million raised to support breast cancer research and education, halfway through the plate’s 10th anniversary year. The license plates were first registered for use in Massachusetts on October 31, 2006.
“For nearly a decade, the ‘Cure Breast Cancer’ license plate has served as a constant reminder of the courage and resilience of breast cancer patients and their families,” said Michael Wagner, MD, President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center. “Reaching the $1 million milestone is a true testament to a widespread commitment and resolve to prevent and cure this terrible disease that affects so many lives.”
All proceeds from license plate sales benefit Tufts Medical Center’s Diane Connolly-Zaniboni Breast Cancer Research Fund, created in memory of a Tufts MC patient who passed away from inflammatory breast cancer (a rare and aggressive form of the disease) in 2000 at the age of 39. The Fund finances three primary initiatives at Tufts MC: breast cancer research; a visiting professorship on inflammatory breast cancer; and the Diane Connolly-Zaniboni Scholar in Breast Cancer Research. Rachel Buchsbaum, MD, Breast Health Center Physician at Tufts Medical Center, is the current Zaniboni Scholar, and has received grant funding for her research on the mechanism for breast cancer metastasis.
“This grassroots initiative has left an important legacy at Tufts MC through the tremendous impact it has made on our breast cancer research efforts,” said John Erban, MD, Clinical Director of the Tufts Cancer Center at Tufts Medical Center. “Now thousands of cars across the state feature the license plates as an emblem of support. It is a great source of pride every time I see one on the road.”
“The ‘Cure Breast Cancer’ license plate honors Diane’s memory and those of the thousands of people who lost their battle with breast cancer,” said Deb McNeill, a breast cancer survivor and one of the driving forces behind the Massachusetts Cure Breast Cancer License Plate Initiative. “We hope the plate also serves as a symbol of hope, strength and encouragement to those currently fighting the disease.”
The “Cure Breast Cancer” license plates are available to the general public for purchase at all Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) branches and online through the state RMV website. For more information about the Cure Breast Cancer License Plate Initiative, contact the Tufts MC Trust at 617-636-7656 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Tufts Medical Center and Floating Hospital for Children
Tufts Medical Center is an exceptional, not-for-profit, 415-bed academic medical center that is home to both a full-service hospital for adults and Floating Hospital for Children. Conveniently located in downtown Boston, the Medical Center is the principal teaching hospital for Tufts University School of Medicine. Floating Hospital for Children is the full-service children's hospital of Tufts Medical Center and the principal pediatric teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine. Tufts Medical Center is affiliated with the New England Quality Care Alliance, a network of more than 1,800 physicians throughout Eastern Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.tuftsmedicalcenter.org.
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