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Braman Family Foundation Renews Commitment to Fight Breast Cancer

Irma and Norman Braman
Irma and Norman Braman

To elevate care, research, and outcomes for patients battling breast cancer, the Braman Family Foundation announced a $2.5 million gift to Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center in October 2020.

The gift enhances Sylvester’s ability to recruit and retain world-class researchers, physicians, and scientists, as well as all nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, technicians, and staff needed to continue life-saving work at the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute.

“At our family foundation, we value the partnership we have with Sylvester, built over the years in our collective battle against breast cancer,” said Debi Wechsler, whose parents, Norman and Irma Braman, created the foundation.

The family’s dedication to fighting breast cancer stems from watching Irma’s sister battle the disease for almost 20 years before succumbing to it. Since then, it has been their family’s mission to find ways to better detect and treat breast cancer, estimated to impact one in every eight women in their lifetime.

The Braman Family Foundation has long had a transformative impact at Sylvester in the fight against breast cancer. In 2002, they made a formative $5 million gift to launch the Braman Family Breast Cancer Institute, and usher in a new era in research, clinical trials, and world-class care. The vision then remains the same today — to develop new means of prevention, diagnosis, and research breakthroughs that lead to powerful treatments for patients, with the help of compassionate support programs, all within one cancer center.

“We believe in Sylvester’s commitment to outstanding patient care and top-level research,” added Wechsler. “Hopefully, together we can eradicate the suffering of thousands of breast cancer patients.”