Demetra Fund for Breast Cancer
Research and Patient Assistance

To date, the EOK’s Demetra Fund for Breast Cancer Research and Patient Assistance has committed to and/or fulfilled $400,000 in pledges to fund research and/or patient care initiatives at Dana Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI) and at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Care Center. (MGHCC). These patient care named funds continue to be the only ones of their kind solely benefitting breast cancer patients at both institutions and fund much needed items such as compression sleeves, food and gas cards, rent, transportation, and the like. The research projects we fund focus solely on the eradication of breast cancer through various avenues, as per our mission statement.

The latest research project at DFCI, to which we will be providing substantial support in the form of a $100,000 pledge over 3 years, commencing in 2016 is being led by two prominent and brilliant Greek doctors, Constantine S. Mitsiades, MD, PhD and Eugen Dhimolea, PhD, who are conducting groundbreaking experiments in the areas of breast cancer metastasis and drug resistance to the disease. They have developed a series of laboratory culture systems which simulate the tumor’s 3D architecture and its metastatic microenvironment in order to better understand which therapies and treatments will be more successful. This area of cuttingedge research has the potential to establish major inroads in the cure of breast cancer.

Pamela Lazares, Chair
Helen Papoulias O'Leary, Honorary Member
Felicia Kiehm, Ex-Officio
Janice Panagako, Treasurer
Joan Aliapoulios
Stephanie Andrews
Jean Canellos
Patti Dukakis
Kathleen Hamilton
Tamara Lingos
Tania Lingos-Webb
Daphne Meredith

Adobe Acrobat PDF icon EOK featured in IMPACT, Fall 2009 issue.

Helen O'Leary DMD and Demetra Samellas

Helen P O'Leary DMD established the
fund in loving memory of her sister
Demetra “Toulie” Samellas

Dr. Karalis, Helen O'Leary, Dr. Garber

Dr. Judy Garber (far right)
spoke at the 2010 Spring Soirée.