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Love/Avon Army of Women is a charitable services fund of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, 1 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.  Your support will enable them to recruit one million women to sign up on to the Love/Avon Army of Women and participate in simple but vital breast cancer research.  The Army of Women will expand breast cancer prevention research in new directions ~ moving us beyond a cure, to understanding what causes breast cancer and how to stop it one and for all.

To My Friends & Family,

As we near the beginning of a new year, I would like to share my wish for our future, and ask that you join me in helping to make it happen.  It is rare for me to send a mass emailing, but this is a message that I believe should reach as many people as possible, so please forgive my use of blind copies (and you have my permission and request to forward).

While many of you know of my impassioned fight against canine cancer, I never forget that cancer is also the second leading cause of death in humans.  Although it has been over thirty years since President Nixon declared "war on cancer," 1 in 4 of us will still die from cancer.  So as important as the advances since that time have been, there is still much more to do.  And that's where you come in -- and no, I am not asking for money.

One of the factors that frequently limits scientists' ability to study cancer is difficulty in recruiting people to participate.  To address this need, a wonderful collaboration between the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation and the Avon Foundation has embarked on a project called the Army of Women, with the goal of recruiting one million women to participate in cancer research.  The primary goal of this project is to move beyond searching for cures to focus on prevention.  While this project is aimed specifically at breast cancer, the information learned will undoubtedly move the whole field of cancer prevention forward. 

The Army of Women project asks women to sign up by providing some very basic information such as email, phone number, address, and age, but they do not ask for any specific participation commitments.  Once a person is signed up, they will receive periodic emails informing them of studies that are recruiting participants.  These studies may be as simple as questionnaires about dietary and exercise habits, or may include other kinds of medical history and lifestyle considerations.  Some studies may go further and request blood samples or other personal participation.  But there is NEVER any pressure to participate, so please don't be hesitant to sign up -- you will not be asked to do anything you don't want to do.  You will decide what you want to do or don't want to do, and can respond or not as you wish.

The Army of Women needs volunteers with all backgrounds -- those who have never had any cancer and those who have; those who have a family history and those who do not; those with no risk factors and those with known risk factors; all ages and all ethnic groups.  In a word, they need everyone.  If we want them to help us, we have to help them.  And although the men in our life cannot sign up, it is very likely that they will benefit from these research projects too because factors involved in cancer prevention can often be generalized.  (And that means that maybe our dogs will benefit too.)

So...thank you for letting me share my wish with you, and for considering this request.  If you would like to learn more, or to sign up, please go to   I would also be happy to talk with anyone personally about this.

Rhonda Hovan
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