By Wendy Sarubbi | December 8, 2015 3:40 pm

With bowl games on everyone’s mind, you might not know that December 19’s AutoNation Cure Bowl in Orlando is supporting UCF cancer researcher, Dr. Annette Khaled.

The Cure Bowl is the first of the nation’s bowl season and proceeds support the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF), the largest private founder of breast cancer research worldwide. The foundation so far has donated $250,000 to Dr. Khaled’s work.

Affectionately known as the “Cancer Assassin,” Khaled is working to stop cancer cells that metastasize – or spread from their original tumor to the body’s brain, lungs and bones. That’s what kills most patients. The cells are medicine’s fierce enemies because they are hard to find, hard to target and hard to kill. Khaled and her team are looking at drug therapies and other technologies to do just that.

BCRF is the only breast cancer organization to receive an A+ rating from Charity Watch and spends 91 cents of every $1 it receives on research into a disease that affects one in eight women. Khaled is one of just five cancer researchers in Florida to receive BCRF support. The others are at the University of Miami and Mayo Clinic.

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