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About the Army of Women

Bringing Together Researchers and People to Advance the Work

The Army of Women is a program of the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation. This groundbreaking initiative connects women and men, with or without breast cancer, to researchers committed to solving important breast cancer questions. Our goal is to forge partnerships between our members and the scientific community.

In October 2008, the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation partnered with the Avon Foundation for Women to launch the Army of Women. Thanks to the Avon Foundation's generous support over five years, the Army of Women has developed into a vital resource for breast cancer researchers and a model for fast-tracking breast cancer research. Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit breast cancer organization dedicated to achieving a future without breast cancer by engaging the public and the scientific communities in innovative research. We do this through performing and facilitating innovative and collaborative research, translating science to engage the public as informed partners, and inspiring novel research.


Over and over I've heard scientists lament how difficult it is for them to find the volunteers they need for research studies. I've long believed that helping scientists overcome this obstacle would accelerate our understanding of what causes breast cancer and how to end it. By responding to this need, the Army of Women will change the face of breast cancer research.

Susan Love, MD, MBA
Chief Visionary Officer, Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation


Our members are what make the Army of Women great

Members like you signed up to learn about and participate in breast cancer research studies around the country.

383,000+ Members

Have joined and are learning about breast cancer research around the country.

135+ Studies Launched

These studies work with our members to accelerate breast cancer research.

300+ Researchers

Connected with the Army of Women program over the last 10 years.



Featured study: REIMAGINE Trial, 2016 investigated the impact of a structured online patient support program on women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and are experiencing chronic pain. The research team's accrual goal for the Army of Women was 75 women. Within 24 hours of the request to participate, 112 women signed up for the study, with a total of 222 women signing up over six weeks.



AOW Member Spotlight:

Lori Godfrey

"After a serious breast cancer diagnosis, I recognize that my life was literally saved by the experiences of those that have gone before me. I have a choice to either shut that chapter or help another woman overcome her illness. I choose to be useful and the Army of Women provides me that opportunity."

AOW Researcher Spotlight:

Sophia Smith, PhD, MSW

"Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation has been a wonderful partner and greatly facilitated our recruitment efforts for the Reimagine trial. The staff were extremely responsive to our needs and their registration process is highly efficient. We were able to hit our recruitment goal in a brief six weeks at very little cost with minimal effort."