Thursday, February 2, 2023

American Cancer Society Launches ResearcHERS Campaign to Support Women-Led Cancer Research

The American Cancer Society (ACS) is on a mission to free the world from cancer. For more than 100 years, ACS has helped lead an evolution in how the world prevents, detects, treats, and thinks about cancer. As the primary private nonprofit funder of cancer research, ACS has invested more than $5 billion over 75 years. Its work has made possible multiple breakthroughs in preventing, finding, and treating cancer and has helped lead to a 31% decline in the US cancer death rate from 1991 to 2018, resulting in 3.2 million fewer deaths during that time.

Today, the leader in the fight against cancer is also on a mission to diversify the research workforce. To this end, the organization launched its first-ever ResearcHERS campaign aimed to raise funds to support women-led cancer research. 

Undoubtedly, women bring diverse and unique perspectives to cancer research, making invaluable contributions and discoveries. But unfortunately, women are continuously underrepresented in research leadership. The Society is proud to be a top supporter of women in cancer research, with half of its grantees being women, most of them in the early stages of their careers. 

The ReseacHERS campaign will help ACS sustain this pipeline of talent and engage those in the field to help impact the number of women in leadership roles. Through this novel campaign, ACS convenes community leaders to raise funds to support cancer researchers directly – women cancer researchers. Ultimately, the goal is to sustain women-led cancer research, launch new careers, and inspire a new generation of young women considering careers in science. 

In Southeast Florida, the community leaders who have answered the call and became ResearcHERS Ambassadors are: 

  • Dr. Estelamari Rodriguez, ResearcHERS Co-Chair and Associate Director for Community Outreach, Thoracic Oncology Division at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Marta Alfonso, ResearcHERS Co-Chair and Partner at BDO 
  • Rachelle Ferrara, Vice President, Account Management at ModivCare
  • Olivia Hollaus, Director of Community Relations and Events at Boca Magazine 
  • Gloria Hosh, Founder of Cristino Chocolates 
  • Diya Kohli, Founder Sustainable Recycled fashion of RedoneitbyDIYA
  • Zoe Lanham, Vice President at The Addison 
  • Maureen Mann, Assistant Vice President at Lynn Cancer Institute and Lynn Women’s Health and Wellness Institute, Boca Raton Regional Hospital
  • Linda Spielmann, Philanthropy Director at American Cancer Society 
  • Sarah Gaymon, Senior Manager at HBK CPA
  • Annie Syed, Student at Tulane University School of Medicine
  • Anthea Walker, Owner & Founder of AW Concierge LLC
  • Ingrid Fulmer, Senior Leasing Advisor at Coldwell Banker Commercial
  • Jeffrey Schultz, President at Vision Payments, Inc.
  • Carmine Giardini, Owner of Carmine’s La Trattoria & Carmine’s Gourmet Market
  • Ivey Leidy, Certified Health and Wellness Coach at Living with Ivey
  • Claudia Rodney, Vice President, Financial Sales Manager at First Citizens Bank

For more information about Southeast Florida’s ResearcHERS Campaign or to donate, please contact Mildred Delgado at or visit 

The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers dedicated to saving lives, celebrating lives, and leading the fight for a world without cancer. From breakthrough research, to free lodging near treatment, a 24/7/365 live helpline, free rides to treatment, and convening powerful activists to create awareness and impact, the Society is attacking cancer from every angle. For more information go to

This sponsored post is part of a nonprofit partnership between Boca magazine and the American Cancer Society.

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