At its annual fall festival conference on Saturday, the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW presented the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation with a $5,400 donation to fund cancer research. The organization has given over $114,000 to OMRF in its 39-year association with the research group. Funds were raised through bake sales, garage sales and bingo games and donated by individuals.
“The Ladies Auxiliary has generously supported OMRF’s efforts to fight cancer through the years,” said Eileen Williams, OMRF senior director of development. “We are honored to have them as one of our philanthropic partners.”
At OMRF, scientists are making crucial inroads against cancer. Using sophisticated imaging techniques, Dr. Rheal Towner seeks to improve the diagnosis and treatment of brain and liver cancers. Dr. Linda Thompson’s work at OMRF helped create Oncovue, the first genetic-based breast cancer risk assessment test.
Founded in 1914, the Ladies Auxiliary counts more than 767,000 members nationwide, including 7,200 in Oklahoma. The group consists of wives and relatives of veterans, as well as female veterans themselves. In addition to raising funds for cancer treatment and research, the Auxiliary awards scholarships through its Voice of Democracy Program and provides more than eight million hours of volunteer service in local communities.
OMRF (omrf.org) is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institute dedicated to understanding and developing more effective treatments for human disease. Its scientists focus on such critical research areas as Alzheimer’s disease, cancer, lupus and cardiovascular disease.