Upstate News

April 15, 2003
Darryl Geddes 315 464-4828

SUNY Upstate researchers awarded $100,000 from the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund

Researchers at SUNY Upstate Medical University have been awarded two grants totaling $100,000 from the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund of Central New York Inc. An additional $50,000 grant will endow a lectureship named for Carol Baldwin, a breast cancer survivor. The research grants are named for area women who have died from breast cancer.

Matthew Allen, Ph.D., assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, received a $50,000 grant to study the effect of radiation therapy on tumors that have metastasized to the bone. Seventy percent of all women with breast cancer will eventually be diagnosed with cancer of the bone, Allen said. The study could provide the medical community with a better understanding of how radiation therapy hinders tumor growth once it has spread to the bone.

The grant to Allen is named for Cathy J. Cook Hintz of Camillus, a mother of two who taught in the Solvay School District. Hintz was diagnosed with melanoma in 1983 and breast cancer in 1998. She died May 1, 2000.

Bernard Poiesz, M.D., professor of medicine, received a $50,000 grant to study the role of human alpha-fetoprotein in breast cancer. Poiesz, along with researchers at the Serometrix, are examining part of the protein to see whether its molecular composition may be an indicator of early breast cancer.

The Poiesz grant honors Floreen Elizabeth Stedman-Kenyon, a Syracuse native who was employed by Carrier Corp. and Van Duyn Home and Hospital. Stedman Kenyon, a mother of four, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1985, Despite surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Stedman-Kenyon died in 1989 at the age of 68.

An additional $50,000 grant willcreate the Carol Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Lecture at SUNY Upstate. The annual lecture will feature a prominent scientist to discuss the latest in breast cancer research. Each year the lecture will honor a local woman who has died of breast cancer. The first lecture honors Diane E. Rizzo, a mother of four, who was employed in the hospitality industry for many years. Rizzo was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1990 and underwent a mastectomy, radiation and chemotherapy. In 1996 doctors found more cancer, which had metastasized to her lung. She died in 1998 at the age of 54.

“The women honored through the grants to Upstate Medical University fought valiantly against a disease that has no cure,” said Baldwin, who heads the foundation. “We cannot let their fight be in vain. Through continued support from public to fund research efforts, we will eradicate breast cancer and save the lives of our daughters and their children.”

In 1996 Baldwin and her family founded the Carol M. Baldwin Breast Cancer Research Fund. Since its inception, it has provided more than $1.8 million for breast cancer research. Baldwin also was actively involved in the Onondaga County Breast Cancer Mapping project, which provided critical information about the incidence and prevalence of breast cancer.

Baldwin is the mother of six children: Elizabeth, Jane and the actors Alec, Daniel, William and Stephen.

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