ATHENA Akron donates to Breast Cancer Innovation Foundation

Photo courtesy of ATHENA Akron

FAIRLAWN — To further its mission to bring together and support women leaders in Summit County, ATHENA Akron Inc. donated $1,000 to the Northeast Ohio-based Breast Cancer Innovation Foundation at its 2017 ATHENA Akron annual Women’s Leadership Day Luncheon held in December at Fairlawn Country Club.

At the meeting, ATHENA Akron officials designated part of the proceeds to support the foundation and the work of Dr. Judit Puskas, a materials scientist at The University of Akron College of Engineering. Officials added Puskas’ invention is a drug-eluting tissue expander for breast reconstruction and may radically improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients.

“Thank you to everyone from ATHENA Akron for the generous donation,” said Puskas. “We aim to improve a more efficient and less invasive treatment of breast cancer to patients, so that the side effects associated with chemotherapy are reduced or completely eliminated.”

The foundation’s current goal is to raise enough funds to support moving Puskas’ innovation into clinical trials at The Cleveland Clinic so that she can bring to market a breast implant which can detect and cure cancer.

“One of our goals is to connect established women leaders in the region, so a donation to Dr. Puskas’ organization was a natural fit for us,” said Joan Wessman, president of ATHENA Akron. “Our members were able to contribute to another woman’s innovative work. We are thrilled she’s working here in Akron on such a potentially revolutionary advancement.” Wessman is pictured above right, at left, presenting a check to Puskas.

ATHENA Akron is a nonprofit organization with goals of connecting established women leaders, providing access to established women leaders and offering leadership development. For more information, visit

The Breast Cancer Innovation Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in Akron in 2012 by Carole and Robin Reid to raise funds and donate to universities and charitable research institutions conducting breast cancer research that will benefit women. It was originally known as the Carole & Robin Reid Foundation and was changed to the Breast Cancer Innovation Foundation in 2014, according to ATHENA Akron officials.


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