As a national women’s retailer, ANN INC. is dedicated to women and the causes that matter most to them.

We are active in the fight against breast cancer through our support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation® (BCRF). BCRF’s mission is to advance the world’s most promising research to eradicate breast cancer.

Since 2005, ANN INC. has raised over $38 million to support BCRF. Our annual contribution currently funds 19 BCRF research grants that support groundbreaking studies worldwide. Our goal is to reach 21 research grants in the next year.

During the Breast Cancer Awareness season, we offer the Ann Taylor Cares and LOFT Cares Cards in all of our stores, enabling clients to join the fight with us. Ninety percent of the purchase price of every card sold is donated to BCRF to fund lifesaving research. In addition, every year the Ann Taylor and LOFT brands offer unique products and opportunities to engage associates and enable clients to support the cause.

Our 2017–2018 BCRF grant recipients include:

  Monica Bertagnolli, MD – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School/Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Boston, MA
  Graham A. Colditz, MD, Dr.PH, FAFPHM – Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO
  Nancy E. Davidson, MD, FACP – University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, Pittsburgh, PA
  Laura J. Esserman, MD, MBA – University of California at San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  Carol J. Fabian, MD – University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS
  Dawn Hershman, MD, MS – Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY
  Stephen D. Hursting, PhD, MPH – Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center/University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
  Melissa Irwin, PhD, MPH – Yale School of Public Health, New Haven, CT
  Johanna A. Joyce, PhD – University of Lusanne, Switzerland
  Seema Khan, MD – Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, IL
  Nancy U. Lin, MD and Eric Winer, MD – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
  Kathy D. Miller, MD – Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN
  Meredith Regan, ScD – Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA
  Lois Shepherd, MDCM, FRCPC – Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  Annette L. Stanton, PhD – Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of California, Los Angeles, CA
  Sandra Swain, MD, FACP – MedStar Washington Hospital Center, Georgetown University, Washington, DC
  Kala Visvanathan, MD, MHS – Johns Hopkins University, Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, MD
  Mina J. Bissell, PhD – Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Berkeley, CA
  Melissa Accordino, MD – Columbia University, New York NY
Supporting Women and the Fight against Breast Cancer
  At ANN INC. we are dedicated to women and the causes that matter to them most. We are active in the fight against breast cancer through our support of the Breast Cancer Research Foundation®. Hear from Kay Krill, ascena board member, and our ANN INC. associates about their commitment to making a difference in the fight against Breast Cancer.

For more than 18 years, our associates have volunteered to participate locally at a grassroots level in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure series to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer. Our field associates sign up to walk in more than 40 cities throughout the U.S. every year.

On September 29, 2004 my life changed forever when I was diagnosed with stage three breast cancer. I was 29 years old with an 18 month old son and afraid that I would never see him grow up. With no history of breast cancer in my family I was shocked and scared. Why was this happening to me? What did I do to deserve this? How am I going to survive? These were all questions I asked day in and day out. I immediately had surgery and six months of chemotherapy followed by more surgery and six weeks of radiation. Throughout it all, I trusted in my doctors and the research that has been done to bring me to survivor status. I am happy to say that seven years later I am still cancer free and enjoying life with my husband and eight year old son. I am getting to see him grow up and so blessed to be healthy and a SURVIVOR.

When I was sick, I continued to work full time here at Ann Taylor and was so thankful to work for a company dedicated to their employees and the fight against breast cancer. I walk for all those that may have to go through this in their lives so we can continue to research and help find a cure for this awful disease.

– Lisa Arnett, Manager, Multi-Channel Client Contact Center