The Kathy S. Harkey Breast Cancer Foundation is a breast cancer nonprofit dedicated to supporting local charitable organizations, doctors, researchers, clinicians and support groups that are willing to fight the disease and commit to extending the lives of the breast cancer patients they treat and counsel. On Friday, Sept. 30, Don Harkey, founder of the foundation, presented a check to Baylor College of Medicine in support of its efforts to develop and execute clinical trials in the quest for a cure.

Don Harkey founded the Kathy S. Harkey Breast Cancer Foundation in honor of his wife, Kathy, who passed away in April 2014 after a two year battle with breast cancer. His work through the foundation serves as a positive outlet for what has been a difficult journey for his family.

“I founded the Kathy S. Harkey Foundation with the mission to support those hospitals, physicians and researchers who are working hard to bring an end to this terrible disease so that no other families have to experience the frustration and heartbreak of a breast cancer diagnosis,” said Harkey. “Dr. Angela Coscio was one of Kathy’s doctors throughout her treatment, and I know that the team at Baylor and in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center is dedicated to finding a cure.”

Dr. Matthew Ellis, director of the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center within Baylor’s NCI-designated Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center, and Coscio, assistant professor in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center, received the $20,000 gift on behalf of Baylor. The funds donated by the Harkey Foundation will support clinical trial programs in the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center.

“We are honored to receive this generous gift from Don and the Kathy S. Harkey Breast Cancer Foundation. One of the primary focuses within the breast cancer program at Baylor is the development of clinical trials, and gifts like this truly impact our ability to do the research, testing and evaluation of novel treatments,” said Coscio. “I’ve known the Harkey family for several years, so this donation also has a very personal connection for me. It means a lot to have Don’s support.”