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Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research Announces Honorees for the Army of Women’s 10th Anniversary Celebration

Visionary Surgeon Laura Esserman and Distinguished Author/Advocate Hollye Jacobs to be Recognized at Foundation’s Milestone Event  

Los Angeles, CA. July 29, 2019 – Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research announced today that Dr. Laura Esserman and Hollye Jacobs will be honored at the Foundation’s upcoming Army of Women 10th Anniversary Celebration on September 21st, 2019. These two practitioners and advocates exemplify the pioneering spirit of the Army of Women, and their efforts will be recognized as part of a day that celebrates the Army’s tremendous impact. For ten years and counting, the innovative Army of Women program has been activating the future of breast cancer research. Today, the program is comprised of over 390,000 members, researchers, advocates, and a scientific advisory committee who have driven vital progress in the breast cancer clinical research world by connecting the public to groundbreaking studies in the breast cancer field.

“I am proud to say that a decade later 390,000 women and men and almost 145 clinical research studies have yielded roughly 110,000 study sign-ups and 95 scientific publications. Well, that’s worth celebrating!”  says Dr. Susan Love, Chief Visionary Officer, Dr. Susan Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. 

Event attendees will participate in a panel discussion followed by a series of breakout sessions that touch on some of the most vital issues facing the breast cancer field today— such as diversity, inclusion, and access to breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Afterwards, our guests— including Army of Women members, researchers, advocates, and thought-leaders— will enjoy a dinner and reception.

In addition to the 390,000 members that make this program so effective, the Foundation will also be honoring Laura Esserman, MD, MBA, and Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW at the Army of Women 10th Anniversary Celebration for their work in breast cancer research and advocacy. The two women will join Dr. Susan Love, Chief Visionary Officer and co-founder of the Army of Women, at the celebration.

Event honoree, Laura Esserman, MD, MBA, is an internationally recognized breast surgeon, breast oncology specialist, and visionary in personalized medicine. Dr. Esserman is an engaged researcher with the Army of Women, having recruited over 299 Army of Women members who were interested in participating in her WISDOM study focused on optimizing mammogram scheduling to improve breast cancer screening. As a Professor of Surgery and Radiology at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Director of the UCSF Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center, Dr. Esserman’s breast cancer work spans the spectrum from basic science to public policy issues and the impact of both on the delivery of clinical care. Additionally, Dr. Esserman led the creation of the University of California-wide Athena Breast Health Network, a learning system designed to integrate clinical care and research as it follows 150,000 women from screening through treatment and outcomes. Dr. Esserman was included as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2016, and was the recipient of the 2016 Stanford Business School Ernest C. Arbuckle Award and the 2016 Personalized Medicine World Conference Pioneer and Luminary Award. The San Francisco Business Times honored her with the Most Influential Women in Business Awards for 2018, and she also received the 2018 Giant of Cancer Care® in Cancer Diagnostics award. 

Also to be honored at the Army of Women 10th Anniversary Celebration is Hollye Jacobs, RN, MS, MSW, who has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women in the breast cancer space. Hollye Jacobs is a longtime supporter of the Army of Women, and a highly sought-after speaker, nurse, social worker and child development specialist. We are excited to invite her to share her professional knowledge as a health practitioner and her personal experiences as a cancer patient and survivor as covered in her New York Times, Washington Post and LA Times bestselling book The Silver Lining, A Supportive and Insightful Guide to Breast Cancer. Jacobs, who currently resides in Montecito, CA has worked at esteemed Universities and hospitals such as the City of Hope National Medical Center, the University of Chicago Children's Hospital, the University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Hollye received her MS in Child Development from the Erikson Institute as well as her BSN and MSW from Loyola University Chicago. She completed training in the Educating Physicians on End-of-Life Care (EPEC) program, the Palliative Care Program at Harvard University Medical School and a post-doctoral fellowship at the MacLean Center for Clinical Medical Ethics at the University of Chicago. 

"This event will honor the commitment and participation of over 390,000 members of our signature program, the Army of Women, the largest database of its kind in the world.” says, Christopher Clinton Conway, CEO, Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. 

The Army of Women 10th Anniversary Celebration will be held from 3:00 – 8:00PM at the UCLA Meyer & Renee Luskin Conference Center. Tickets are available for purchase for $10 for general seating at  A limited number of reserved seating and VIP reception tickets are also available for purchase ranging from $100 to $10,000 with all proceeds going to Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. A limited number of travel vouchers will be provided for Army of Women members who wish to attend the event.  

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Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research challenges the status quo to end breast cancer and improve the lives of people impacted by it now through education and advocacy. The Foundation drives collaborative, cutting-edge research with nontraditional partners, brings to light the collateral damage of treatment and seeks ways to diminish it, and interprets science to empower patients. Fast, flexible, and project-based, the Foundation actively engages the public in scientific research to ensure that it produces accurate and meaningful results. The Army of Women is a flagship program of the Dr. Susan Love Foundation for Breast Cancer Research. This groundbreaking initiative connects more than 390,000 women and men, with or without breast cancer, to researchers committed to solving important breast cancer questions. The goal of the Army is to forge partnerships between members and the scientific community. 

Sponsors: The Army of Women 10th Anniversary Celebration is made possible by generous sponsorships from the following: Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Celgene, Genentech, Genomic Health, Lilly Oncology, Puma Biotechnology, and Pfizer Oncology. For more information about how to become an event sponsor, please email

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