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March 4, 2010

SIU Breast Center Receives Research Donation

The Breast Center at SIU, a program of SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, has received a gift of more than $12,000 for breast cancer research.  The donation was made by the Department of Illinois Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and presented by breast cancer survivor and SIU patient Jan Morrow of Springfield.

Morrow is past president of the Illinois auxiliary which provides financial and moral support to troops and their families and has been in existence since 1914.  The group has raised more than $6 million and volunteered more than one million hours for various activities, including support of cancer research.

“I was extremely pleased and pleasantly surprised to accept this check from Jan on behalf of her organization which will help us continue our research efforts,” said Dr. Gary Dunnington, director of the Breast Center at SIU and professor and chair of surgery.
The SIU Breast Center, which opened in 1998, emphasizes patient centered, research based, and interdisciplinary care for those with breast cancer, including expedited treatment options provided by a team of medical specialists.  More information is available online at or by calling 217-545-7432 weekdays.

The mission of the SimmonsCooper Cancer Institute at SIU is to serve the people of central and southern Illinois by addressing their present and future cancer care needs through medical education, biomedical research and patient service.  For more information, go online at or call 217-545-6000 weekdays.

Gifts received by the Southern Illinois University Foundation support the growth of the School of Medicine, including its medical research efforts.  Those interested in making a donation can contact the SIU Foundation online at by calling 217-545-2955 weekdays or online at

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