Breast cancer research at U-M benefits from multi-platform charitable shoe sale on QVC

Date: 
08/12/2014 - 10:30am

QVC and FFANY present U-M Cancer Center with $342,143

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” makes it easy to shop for a good cause. This past October during the 20th annual charitable shoe sale, nearly 75,000 pairs of shoes were ordered at half the manufacturer’s suggested retail price,* all in the name of cancer awareness.

Dr. Daniel Hayes, center, receives a check from FFANY and QVC representativesSupporting breast cancer research and education institutions nationwide, the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) and QVC selected the Breast Oncology Program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer as one of the nine beneficiaries of the 2013 event. QVC and FFANY representatives presented a check for $342,143 to Daniel F. Hayes, M.D., director of the breast oncology program.

"FFANY and QVC have been instrumental in supporting several avenues of research that would not have been pursued otherwise,” Hayes says. “We've used this support to move our research in breast cancer forward, including one of the first clinical trials with a drug directed against breast cancer stem cells. Other studies are looking at markers that can be used to personalize anti-cancer treatments, such as circulating tumor cells and inherited genetic differences that may make individual patients more or less susceptible to toxicities of our therapy.”

U-M has received almost $5 million total since becoming involved with the event.

Since its inception, QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” has sold more than 1.7 million pairs of shoes and generated more than $44 million to benefit leading breast cancer research and education institutions. Designated as the event’s “Special Pink Benefactors” in 2013, The Nine West Group, Brown Shoe Company and Camuto Group each donated shoes worth more than $500,000. Their contributions included brands such as Nine West, Anne Klein and Easy Spirit, as well as Via Spiga, Franco Sarto, Naturalizer, Vince Camuto, Jessica Simpson and VC Signature.

*The manufacturer’s suggested retail price is based on supplier’s representation of value. No sales may have been made at this price.

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About the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center

The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center provides its patients comprehensive diagnostic, treatment and support services in an environment that reflects our mission: the conquest of cancer through innovation and collaboration. The Breast Oncology Program consists of both laboratory and clinical investigators who work together to translate exciting ideas and observations from the laboratory to the clinic to further advance evaluation and treatment of patients at risk for or diagnosed with breast cancer. Visit www.mcancer.org or call the U-M Cancer AnswerLine™ at 800-865-1125.

About QVC

QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: LINTA, LINTB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 300 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and a joint venture in China. West Chester, Pa.-based QVC has shipped more than a billion packages in its 27-year history and the company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

About the Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation

The Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation was created to support ongoing research and education programs in the fight against breast cancer and is supported by members of the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY). Donated footwear is sold on live television through QVC during the Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation’s annual charity benefit, QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale.” Funds are distributed to leading breast cancer research and education institutions across the United States, including beneficiaries for the 2014 event: The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, The Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Breast Oncology Program, The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Breast Cancer Research Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. The Fashion Footwear Charitable Foundation makes its home at 274 Madison Avenue, Suite 1701, New York, NY 10016, www.FFANY.org.

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