From the Director


An update from the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer

BY Lynda Houk, Executive Director

Dear Friends,

The start of a New Year brings a time to evaluate the past year’s journey, as well as to plan to improve ourselves in the New Year. In 2017 we played golf, tennis, basketball and soccer, painted, attended luncheons and dinners, bid on auction items and donated our change at the register – all to support breast cancer research. Thanks to these fundraising efforts, we were again able to donate $2.2 million to breast cancer research. That brings our cumulative total raised since our Foundation’s inception to $30.3 million. Wow, what a number!

As we begin 2018, we already have many exciting plans underway! Perhaps most exciting is the 25th anniversary of the Vera Bradley Foundation Classic Golf and Tennis Tournament! Our committee of Classic volunteers is striving to truly make this a year to celebrate. When we gather at the Classic this year, we will be celebrating 25 years of fun, 25 years of friendship, and, most importantly, 25 years of accomplishments in breast cancer research. We can’t wait to celebrate with you, our donors, what we have accomplished together. Be sure to join us on the course or on the court for a beautiful day supporting an important cause.

I encourage you, as always, to take time to learn about the talented team of researchers we support at the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer Research Laboratories at Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Canc​er Center. Our researchers’ team-based approach to science is critical. Breast cancer must be confronted by scientists in the laboratory and by physicians attending to patients to overcome the complexities this disease presents. Our funding has resulted in a critical mass of talented investigators at the Indiana University School of Medicine, each bringing complementary expertise to the battle against breast cancer.

Thank you for your past support. I’m looking forward to a bright New Year.

With Gratitude,

Lynda M. Houk
Executive Director