Our Work

The Nancy Owens Memorial Foundation is organized to fund one or more qualified public charities that supports education, care, and research to find a cure for breast cancer, while memorializing Nancy Owens’s life, the values she lived by, and the courage with which she faced her bout with breast cancer. Since its inception, the Foundation has donated over $1.4 million.

Each year, NOMF sponsors a luncheon and golf tournament and bestows the Spirit of Courage Award to recognize extraordinary courage in the face of adversity resulting from the diagnosis of cancer. Donations from previous Foundation events have been given to the Houston Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure and the Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine.

Dr. Alessandro Grattoni, Dr. Matthew Ellis, and Dr. Elizabeth Mittendorf with NOMF Chairwoman Amy Bernstein at the 2016 Annual Luncheon.

Updates from the Lab

Lester & Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine

“You commitment to making things better for those that suffer from breast cancer inspires me! Rest assured I will always try my best to make the most of the precious dollars you raise.”
Dr. Matthew J. Ellis

Learn more about Dr. Ellis’s research at Baylor to fight the kind of breast cancer known as “triple negative.”

Department of Breast Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

“One of the ways we are using the generous contribution from the NOMF is to support our vaccine trial in patients with DCIS. … It is the passion and dedication of folks like you that inspires the work we are doing in our fight against breast cancer.”
Dr. Elizabeth Mittendorf

Annie Toms (left), a research nurse at MD Anderson, with a patient and trial participant.

Department of Nanomedicine at Houston Methodist Research Institute

“We are dedicated to translating our research to impact the lives of breast cancer patients worldwide. We express our heartfelt gratitude for your generous support and hope to continue our productive partnership to achieve better care and clinical outcomes for breast cancer patients as well as those at high risk of developing it.”
Dr. Alessandro Grattoni

Read an update from Dr. Grattoni and learn more about his research to use nanomedicine for the prevention of breast cancer.

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