Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


Lynn Sage Foundation Continues Support of Breakthrough Research at Lurie Cancer Center

From left to right, Dr. Horiuchi, Laura Sage, Cameron Sage, Dr. Mendillo, Halee Sage, and Yale Sage.

On July 18, members of The Lynn Sage Foundation gathered on the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine campus to celebrate another year of high-impact support for cancer research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. Dedicated to finding a cure, the Foundation raises over $350,000 annually to support the Lynn Sage Scholars program. To date, over $1.2 million has been given to the Lurie Cancer Center.

In partnership with the Lurie Cancer Center, The Lynn Sage Foundation created the Lynn Sage Scholars program in 2007. Since then, the program has enabled the work of several talented investigators, focusing on some of the most promising breast cancer research in the country.

Addressing Foundation board members at the recent event, Leonidas C. Platanias, MD, PhD, director of the Lurie Cancer Center, shared: “You all at the Lynn Sage Foundation are remarkable. What you do makes a profound impact, allowing us to support superb scientists.”

“Your philanthropy is so valuable, particularly in that it doesn’t have restrictions on the experimentality of the research it supports,” continued Dr. Platanias, who also serves as the Jesse, Sara, Andrew, Abigail, Benjamin, and Elizabeth Lurie Professor of Oncology at Feinberg. “Your generosity encourages our top talent to think outside of the box, targeting new ideas that normally wouldn’t be able to get government funding.”

“We are thankful to Dr. Platanias and the Lurie Cancer Center for guiding us in our support,” said Laura Sage, daughter of Lynn Sage and one of the Foundation’s founders. “We are happy to help fund these extremely ambitious scholars.”

Introducing the 2017 Lynn Sage Scholars

Foundation members heard from the newest Lynn Sage Scholars. Marc L. Mendillo, PhD, assistant professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, and his laboratory hope to identify and characterize the systems that promote protein homeostasis, to understand how these systems are co-opted and perturbed in malignancy, and to ultimately identify the means to manipulate them for a therapeutic benefit. Dai Horiuchi, PhD, assistant professor of Pharmacology, and his team are devoted to understanding the cellular events that influence the aggressiveness of breast tumors.

Dr. Mendillo shares his work with Lynn Sage Foundation members.

“The work you’re supporting is mind-blowing,” said Dr. Mendillo. “Your philanthropy enables us to ask the most interesting, paradigm-shifting questions. I am humbled to speak with you and feel lucky to have your support.” After the program and reception, event attendees enjoyed a tour of Dr. Mendillo’s laboratory facilities.

“Our ideas simply cannot get government funding—truly, you are making our work possible,” said Dr. Horiuchi. “The ‘crazy’ areas in which we work are challenging, but we are passionate about their promise for the future.”

About The Lynn Sage Foundation

The Lynn Sage Foundation was established in honor and memory of Lynn Sage by her family in 2003. Ms. Sage was a beloved mother, daughter, and wife who tragically died at the age of 39 as a result of her battle with breast cancer. The Foundation was conceived to respond to high-priority breast cancer research, recruitment, and retention needs at the Lurie Cancer Center.

Click here to learn more about The Lynn Sage Foundation.

“The work you’re supporting is mind-blowing. Your philanthropy enables us to ask the most interesting, paradigm-shifting questions. I am humbled to speak with you and feel lucky to have your support.”

- Marc L. Mendillo, PhD