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Promise and Progress - The Under Armour LiveWell Breast Cancer Program and Pavilion

Reprogramming Cancer Cells - The Story of Epigenetics
Issue No. 1

The Under Armour LiveWell Breast Cancer Program and Pavilion

Date: July 16, 2014

Viragh Building
Artists conception of the planned Skip Viragh Outpatient Cancer Building

The Kimmel Cancer Center received a $10 million gift from Under Armour, Inc., to fund breast cancer and breast health support programs and a women’s wellness center.

The gift is the largest-ever by the Baltimore-based sports clothing company to any organization, and is in keeping with its focus on physical fitness and healthy lifestyles.  The funding will also be used for construction and outfitting of space to house the program in the Kimmel Cancer Center’s newest addition to its facilities, the Skip Viragh Outpatient Building.

The Skip Viragh Building, slated to open in 2017 as the primary entry point for cancer care at the Kimmel Cancer Center, will house the Under Armour LiveWell Breast Cancer Program and Pavilion on the top floor of the 10-story structure, and will include amenities such as exercise equipment, a nutrition learning center, and breast cancer navigation and survivorship services to help guide women going through treatment and beyond. The center’s programs will be offered to women worldwide through distance learning via the Internet and will include up-to-date information about breast cancer research and treatment, fitness, and breast cancer prevention.

“Because breast cancer affects so many of us, we are committed to helping women and their families stay informed, stay healthy and build strong futures,” says Kevin Plank, CEO and founder of Under Armour, Inc. “It’s exciting to work with experts at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center to do that.”

 “Patient-centered care is our top priority, and this generous donation from Under Armour gives us the opportunity to provide innovative services in new state-of-the-art space for thousands of women and their families,” says William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., Kimmel Cancer Center Director.

Plank, whose company and philanthropic foundation has contributed broadly to educational, sports, and medical institutions recognized the dedicated teams of Under Armour employees and its loyal customers who support the Power in Pink breast cancer awareness campaign for helping to make this gift possible.

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