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Megan’s Story

The One That Saved My Life I remember standing in our family room scrolling through Facebook when I learned that Megan had breast cancer. My heart broke as I tried to understand how my old sailing friend—someone so young, vibrant, ...
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Chicago In Good Taste: Charlie’s Story

Charlie McKenna, Chef + Founder, Lillie Q's The Lynn Sage Foundation has a generous and diverse base of supporters, none more so than Chicago's restaurant community. For the past twelve years, over 200 restaurants have supported innovative breast cancer research ...
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Ways to Make an Impact

Support Creativity & Innovation Locally The Lynn Sage Foundation has a generous and diverse base of supporters, none more so than Chicago’s restaurant community.  For the past twelve years, over 200 restaurants have supported innovative breast cancer research each October through In ...
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Anna’s Story

Teaming Up for Breast Cancer Research Anna Tomaszewski grew up going to the Chicago Marathon as a spectator with her mom and siblings.  When Anna decided to run the marathon in 2019, it was clear she would run to benefit ...
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Kayla’s Story

Honoring the Beautiful Spirit of a Mother “Aside from her striking beauty, my mom was endlessly selfless and energetic,” Kayla describes her mom.  “I try to honor her spirit, embodying love and light, every day to everyone I meet.” After ...
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Zhe Ji, Ph.D.

A Tragic Diagnosis Drives a Career In 2004, when Dr. Zhe Ji was a sophomore in college, his mother was unexpectedly diagnosed with bone cancer.  At the time, he was majoring in biotechnology.  He knew cancers undergo uncontrolled cell proliferation ...
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Welcoming Elizabeth Hibler, PhD, Lynn Sage Scholar

Assistant Professor, Preventative MedicineDivision of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicin Dr. Hibler’s lab is studying the biological links between behavior and breast cancer risk with the goal of using biological signatures to improve precision prevention ...
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Stacey’s story: Running for her sister

Leslie Arenson Auslander was an active, healthy, 34 year-old working her way towards partner at her law firm in October 2016, when she felt a lump in her armpit.  While her original doctor was not concerned, she was compelled to ...
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Meet Team Lynn Sage

Angie during training Angie:  I know what you are thinking. . . what on earth would possess a person to train for a marathon!  There are times, while running, when I ask myself "why the hell am I doing this ...
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Foursomes 4 Philanthropy

Hitting the Links for Charity & Community Foursomes 4 Philanthropy (F4P), a charity golf event, began in an unlikely way. In the summer of 2008, Jon Center and Josh Lieberman, met on a Birthright trip to Israel. Both golf enthusiasts, ...
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Summer Toast 2019 Highlights

Summer Toast SuccessWhat an amazing night!  In only two short hours, The Lynn Sage Foundation Associate Board raised over $27,000 for the Lynn Sage Scholars program.  We met Dr. Ji and learned more about his efforts to develop personalized therapies for breast ...
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Danielle’s Story

Newlyweds Off to Thailand Danielle Schmitz was a young newlywed anxiously awaiting her honeymoon when her gynecologist felt a lump.  Her mother had often had benign lumps.  With no family history of breast cancer, she decided to wait until life calmed ...
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Welcoming Dr. Ji, Lynn Sage Scholar

The Lynn Sage Foundation is proud to announce the ninth Lynn Sage Scholar, Zhe Ji, Ph.D. Dr. Ji is an Assistant Professor of Pharmacology and Biomedical Engineering at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. He joins a prestigious group of ...
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Dr. Marc Mendillo

Following the science to breast cancer breakthroughs Current Lynn Sage Scholar Dr. Marc Mendillo leans on his own personal experience with breast cancer to inspire his research. "My godmother and my cousin (during her first pregnancy!) were diagnosed with breast ...
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Team Lynn Sage Matt DeBole Chicago marathon charity team

Matt’s Story

Making the miles count This Sunday marks the 41st annual Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Team Lynn Sage member Matt DeBole committed to making his miles count this year for The Lynn Sage Foundation’s breast cancer research initiatives. “My wife ...
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Lynn Sage Foundation breast cancer research Dr. Horiuchi

Dr. Dai Horiuchi

Funding the new ideas that lead to breast cancer breakthroughs It is nearly impossible for young researchers with novel theories to receive substantial funding to test and develop a track record. The Lynn Sage Foundation provides seed funding to early-career ...
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Michelle’s Story

The story of one surprising breast cancer patient It took Michelle Kallick years to consider and finally find the right dog to adopt. She could never have guessed that within three short months, she’d be treating her new dog for ...
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In Good Taste

Celebrating 11 years of Chicago's In Good Taste 2018 marks eleven years of the Chicago’s In Good Taste campaign, raising funds for innovative breast cancer research. Jim Lederer, the owner of Bluegrass in Highland Park, has participated in the program since its inception. “The ...
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Lindsay’s Story

Remembering and celebrating our mothers  Mother’s Day can be bittersweet for those who have lost a mother. The Lynn Sage Foundation Associate Board member, Lindsay Feldman, recognizes that pain while acknowledging some unexpected gifts that grew from her loss. “Breast cancer has ...
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Maysem’s Story

Breast cancer is never "one size fits all.” As Maysem Alsaidi recalls her mother’s aggressive breast cancer treatment, she’s reminded of why she connected with The Lynn Sage Foundation in the first place. “We were living in Baghdad in the early ‘90s ...
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Jan’s story

Team Lynn Sage's Jan Ferris finds the fun in fundraising  One of the greatest compliments an athlete can hear is “you have a lot of heart.” By Jan Ferris’ own words, running races doesn’t come easy for her. But you’ll ...
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Lynn Sage Foundations

Scholar Highlights

What a year The Lynn Sage Foundation enjoyed a wonderful year thanks to the generous and thoughtful support of so many. Thank you! We're thrilled to share that the Lynn Sage Scholars, past and present, also had an outstanding year: ...
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Joanna’s Story

Even though October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month is over, the impact of the 10th Anniversary Chicago’s In Good Taste campaign continues. Over 190 local restaurants participated in The Lynn Sage Foundation’s Chicago’s In Good Taste, donating a portion of sales to fund local breast ...
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Leesa’s Story

Leesa pictured with friend and running partner Lisa Bennett An elite athlete’s ultimate endurance training Leesa Drake’s physical accomplishments are awe-inspiring. This past spring, she was planning for her 99th and 100th marathon.  In addition to her own races, she ...
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