U-M Breast Oncology Program benefits from televised charitable shoe sale on QVC
QVC and FFANY present U-M Cancer Center with nearly $400,000
Written by Nicole Fawcett
ANN ARBOR, Mich. - With thousands of shoes offered at half the manufacturer's suggested retail price* during the 19th annual QVC Presents "FFANY Shoes on Sale," it was easier than ever for shoe lovers to take another step forward in the fight against breast cancer.
Supporting breast cancer research and education institutions nationwide, the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY) and QVC selected the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center as one of the nine beneficiaries of last year's event. A check in the amount of $397,970 was presented by QVC and FFANY representatives to Daniel Hayes, M.D., co-director of the breast oncology program at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center, who accepted the donation on behalf of the organization.
"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's Breast Oncology Program has received more than $4 million from this event since 2001.
Since its inception, QVC Presents "FFANY Shoes on Sale" has sold more than 1 million pairs of shoes and generated more than $41 million to leading breast cancer research and education institutions. The event's "Special Pink Benefactors," The Jones Group, Brown Shoe Company and Camuto Group, each donated shoes worth more than $500,000 in 2012, bringing shoe shoppers such brands as Enzo Angiolini, Bandolino and AK Anne Klein as well as Via Spiga, Etienne Aigner, Carlos by Carlos Santana, Vince Camuto, Jessica Simpson, BCBGeneration and LUCKY Brand. Other companies that generously donated shoes included Chinese Laundry, Guess, Kenneth Cole New York, MICHAEL by Michael Kors and many more.
*The manufacturer's suggested retail price is based on supplier's representation of value. No sales may have been made at this price.
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ:LINTA), 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 250 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 26-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." Net proceeds are distributed to leading breast cancer research and education institutions across the United States, including beneficiaries for the 2013 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, and The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Breast Cancer Research Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at 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.
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 our About Us section or call the U-M Cancer AnswerLine at 800-865-1125.