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ATHENA Akron Presents Donation to the 
Breast Cancer Innovation Foundation

ATHENA Akron presented a check for $1,000 to Dr. Judit Puskas for the Breast Cancer Innovation Foundation.

Joan Wessman, President of ATHENA Akron, presents a check for $1000 to Judit Puskas for the Breast Cancer Innovation Foundation.

Akron, OH (Jan. 9, 2018) – To further its mission to bring together and support women leaders in Summit County, ATHENA Akron presented a $1,000 donation to the Northeast Ohio-based Breast Cancer Innovation Foundation at the ATHENA Akron annual meeting held at the Fairlawn Country Club in December.

The Breast Cancer Innovation Foundation funds innovative, local breast cancer research for a breast implant that treats cancer.

At the 2017 ATHENA Akron annual Women’s Leadership Day Luncheon, the organization designated part of the proceeds from the event to support the Breast Cancer Innovation Foundation and the work of Dr. Judit Puskas, a materials scientist at the University of Akron College of Engineering.

“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. Our members were able to contribute to another woman’s innovative work,” shared Joan Wessman, President of ATHENA Akron. “We are thrilled she’s working here in Akron on such a potentially revolutionary advancement.”

Dr. Puskas’ invention is a drug-eluting tissue expander for breast reconstruction and may radically improve the quality of life for breast cancer patients throughout the world. The foundation’s current goal is to raise enough funds to support moving Dr. 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.

“Thank you to everyone from ATHENA Akron for the generous donation,” said Professor Judit E. 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.”

About the Breast Cancer Innovation Foundation
The Breast Cancer Innovation Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in Akron, Ohio in 2012 by Carole and Robin Reid. Originally known as the Carole & Robin Reid Foundation, our name changed to the “Breast Cancer Innovation Foundation” in 2014. The mission of the Breast Cancer Innovation Foundation (BCIF) raises funds and donates to universities and charitable research institutions conducting breast cancer research that will benefit women, by transferring innovations from the laboratory to the bedside.

About ATHENA Akron
ATHENA Akron, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded as the first affiliate of ATHENA International. The goals of ATHENA Akron are to connect established women leaders, provide access to established women leaders and offer leadership development. For more information visit the website at www.ATHENAAkron.org.

 

 

Akron ATHENAPowerLink® Requests Women Business Owners Apply for Program Featuring a Board of Advisors

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AKRON, OHIO (May 15, 2016) – Akron ATHENAPowerLink®, a licensed program of ATHENA International, is accepting applications from woman-owned businesses to receive an individually selected board of advisors for the one year period September 2016 – August 2017. Applications will be accepted through September 12, 2016.

The ATHENAPowerLink® Program links a woman-owned business with a board of advisors recruited from the local community. The board of advisors and the woman business owner work together for one year to meet the specific objectives of the owner.

Business owners access new networks, capital resources and implement best practices from these volunteer advisors. It is designed to increase the growth and profitability of women-owned businesses.

This program is operated by ATHENA Akron, Inc. To request an application, please email athenapowerlinkakron@gmail.com before June 15, 2016.

About ATHENA Akron
ATHENA Akron Inc., a nonprofit organization, was founded as the first affiliate membership program of ATHENA International. Additional information is at www.ATHENAAkron.org.

About Akron ATHENAPowerLink®

For more information about ATHENAPowerLink®, visit Akron ATHENAPowerLink®.

ATHENA Akron Presents Donation to Project RISE

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(From left) Patricia Smoot Wicks of PATHworks!™ and Laura King of Bruner Cox presented a $500 donation on behalf of ATHENA Akron to Debra Manteghi and Rachel Breece of Project RISE to help their organization keep homeless children in school.

AKRON (Dec. 4, 2015) — ATHENA Akron presented a check for a $500 donation to Project RISE at the monthly Leadership Forum held at the Fairlawn Country Club.  Project RISE helps Akron children who are homeless to continue to stay in the Akron Public School system despite their living situation.

“Thank you to everyone from ATHENA Akron for the generous donation,” said Debra Manteghi, Director of Project RISE.  “We are on track this year to help over 2200 homeless children ages 3-18 years old in the Akron area.”

When ATHENA Akron held their annual Women’s Leadership Day Luncheon in September, the organization designated part of the proceeds from the event to go to support Project RISE.

Project RISE works through the Akron School System but receives funding federally, as well as grants and donations to provide services. “The state of Ohio has legislation in place for each of the school systems to have services to help keep homeless children in school,” said Manteghi.  “Because there is never enough funding available, we are very grateful for donations.”

About Project RISE
Project RISE (Realizing Individual Strength through Education), under the Office of Student Services, is a collaborative effort by Akron Public Schools, local shelters, and the community.   It is a federally funded program, facilitated by Ohio Department of Education, through the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act: Education for Homeless Children and Youth Programs.  The main purpose is to remove barriers to the educational process and success of students who have lost their housing due to hardship.

About ATHENA Akron
ATHENA Akron, Inc. is a nonprofit organization founded as the first affiliate of ATHENA International. The goals of ATHENA Akron are to connect established women leaders, provide access to established women leaders and offer leadership development. For more information visit the website at www.ATHENAAkron.com.