Susan M. Love, MD, MBA, has dedicated her professional life to the eradication of breast cancer. As chief visionary officer of Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, she oversees an innovative research program centered on breast cancer cause and prevention. She is also a clinical professor of surgery at UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine. One of the founders of the National Breast Cancer Coalition, Dr. Love is well known as a trusted guide to women worldwide through the Foundation’s ImPatient Science® education program and her books, including Dr. Susan Love’s Breast Book, now in its sixth edition. The Foundation’s recent groundbreaking initiatives include the Army of Women®, developed to partner women and scientists to accelerate translational research, and the Health of Women (HOW) Study®, an online cohort study aimed at identifying the cause of breast cancer. Among the Foundation’s collaborative research projects are the development of an NIH-funded self-reading ultrasound technology for triage of palpable breast lumps, an analysis of the anatomy of the breast ductal system, and an investigation into the microbiome of the breast ducts. Dr. Love received her medical degree from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in New York. She trained at Boston’s Beth Israel Hospital, was an early member of the Multidisciplinary Breast Center at Dana Farber Cancer Center, and founded the Faulkner Breast Center and the Revlon UCLA Breast Center. She received her business degree from the Executive MBA program at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.
Abby Brown recognized what we all know too well: that everyone’s life is touched by cancer in some way. Having a mother who was not only a founding member of a chapter of City of Hope but also a dedicated annual MDA telethon volunteer, Abby was raised with a dedicated volunteer spirit.
Among her many endeavors, Abby was a founding member of the City of Hope Chapter in the San Fernando Valley and a paraprofessional psychologist of an outreach center. At Cancer Support Community Los Angeles, Abby and CSCLA Board Member Carol Kurland created and hosted the bi-monthly Celebration Circle. Often described as a book club without the book, this gathering brings community members together to celebrate life and love with lots of laughter and a delicious lunch.
In 2010, Abby was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. Her community spirit never faltered, however; she continued to host the Celebration Circle and enthusiastically fundraise for CSCLA’s signature events, including the Spirit of Community Luncheon. In 2018, Abby passed away, leaving behind a legacy of strength, hope, and community spirit that continues to be honored at each Celebration Circle.