Clifton Breast Cancer Charity Funds No-Strings-Attached Research

Many donors, one doctor.
Clifton foundation raises funds solely for breast cancer researcher

By: Kathleen O’Brien/Star Ledger

Here’s how an experienced businessman runs a breast cancer charity: He incorporates, rustles up a board of trustees, holds a golf tournament and strong-arms his business buddies into writing really big checks.

He gives all the grant money to one doctor at Sloan-Kettering. Then he gets out of the way.

That’s the simple premise of the Clifton-based Cure Breast Cancer Foundation, founded by Andrew Abramson’s family in the wake of wife Lisa’s first brush with breast cancer.

Now, in the nearly two years since the Susan G. Komen for the Cure charity rocked the world of disease-prevention charities with a controversy about abortion, donors have become more inquisitive about where their money goes.

The CBCF has an easy answer: It goes to Larry Norton, deputy physician-in-chief for breast cancer programs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York.

And what does Norton do with the half-million dollar annual donation? Another easy answer: Whatever he wants to.

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