Auction of Fulton collection benefits cancer research

December 27, 2010

FREDERICK, Md. — At a recent estate sale, a great number of antiques and furniture collected over the years by the late Barbara Fulton, a Boonsboro resident, was auctioned to raise funds for the American Cancer Society.

Fulton, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2006, was a well-known, active pillar in the Boonsboro community. She is survived by her husband, Adna Fulton, who decided to donate proceeds from the sale to the society's research program to honor his late wife.

The auction raised more than $33,000 for the American Cancer Society, and money raised will support inflammatory breast cancer research  being conducted by Dr. Gayathri Devi, an assistant professor of surgery at Duke University Medical Center in North Carolina.

Inflammatory breast cancer is rare, but often goes unrecognized by physicians and patients because the disease most often lacks a palpable tumor. Instead, inflammatory breast cancer often makes the affected breast red, swollen and tender, and leads to frequent misdiagnosis as mastitis or generalized dermatitis. The cause of inflammatory breast cancer is not known, and most often the disease is diagnosed at an advanced stage. when it is more difficult to treat.

Devi was awarded an American Cancer Society research grant in 2008 to focus on anti-cancer drug discovery and development, mechanisms of cancer cell signaling, tumor immunity and applications to overcome therapeutic resistance in inflammatory breast cancer.

"Cancer is a terrible disease. Barbara fought it for over three years," Adna Fulton said. "I'm hoping this memorial auction will help cure other people. I believe this is something she would think is the right thing to do."

For more than 60 years, the American Cancer Society has funded research and training of health professionals to investigate the causes, prevention and early detection of cancer, as well as new treatments, cancer survivorship, and end-of-life support for patients and their families.

Since its founding in 1946, the American Cancer Society's extramural research grants program has devoted more than $3.5 billion to cancer research and has funded 44 researchers who have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation's largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing more than $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit For cancer news in your community, visit

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