Upper LobbyTeam Jade
In the United States alone, 1 in 8 women are expected to be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. That is 12% of the population; approximately 18 million mothers, daughters, and sisters who will have breast cancer. When someone is diagnosed with breast cancer, it doesn’t affect only them; it also affects the ones who love and care for them. When these millions of women are diagnosed with breast cancer, it can be difficult for them and their families to understand what is going on in their bodies.
That is where Jade steps in. Through a summer program funded by Eli Lilly and PRA Health Sciences, a team compiled of three William Tennent High School students (Victoria Alanis, Spencer Fairall, and Cayla Yannuzzi) have worked together to create a kit that explains what breast cancer is. Through an assortment of visuals and interactives, the kit starts at the basics, beginning with the cell, and then builds around the story of a woman going through breast cancer to give a greater understanding of what breast cancer is and how Eli Lilly’s drug, Abemaciclib, works to combat it. The kit also introduces clinical trials, explaining what they are and how they save lives, in an effort to raise awareness about the importance of participation in clinical trials.
Join Jade, as we introduce new ways to learn about breast cancer. Unlike most kits, we focus not only on the body, but the patient in the body. Our goal is to make people understand what it is like to live with breast cancer, and stress how vital awareness of clinical trials are if we ever want to find the cure to cancer. Our mission is to make a kit that will “educate the people of tomorrow, today”, making a difference in the lives of patients and their families.