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ing. They are doing critical work, and what we're doing is critical to their research." Since 2003, the NIH budget has declined by nearly 25 percent, or more than $5 billion when adjusted for inflation. "Only one in six NIH research proposals now receives federal funding — that's compared to one in three projects earning federal support 15 years ago," Noble points out. The co-chairs say that by working with the Smith Center, they're able to see directly where the money raised goes—"They're able to hire new staff or fund someone who made a small discovery continue with their research," Starr says. "These exceptional women leaders work tirelessly to create aware- ness around new developments in the treatment of women's cancers and to raise money for essential research that might not otherwise be conducted," says Dr. Eric Winer, chief of the division of Women's Cancers at Dana-Farber. "This funding allows us to generate prelim- inary data that can be used in grant applications to the government and foundations." Staying the Course Capossela herself is a breast cancer survivor. "Fifteen years ago, when I was a young mom, I was treated at Dana-Farber," she says. "Like many patients, I wanted to give back and do something for other women, because I felt so lucky." By getting involved, she learned about the latest research and find- ings that doctors had uncovered. "They had clinical trials to conduct, with new ideas to explore, but the continual theme is that they didn't have enough money," she recalls. As for the yearly lunch, the co-chairs agree that there is a lot of energy and empowerment in the room. "There are so many women in good works "there is a lot of energy and empowerment in the room" 150 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s u m m e r 2 0 1 6

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