HudsonAlpha Opens Hope Grows Garden: Breast and Ovarian Cancer

Huntsville, Ala. — HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology held a grand opening for the “Hope Grows Garden: Breast and Ovarian Cancer,” to recognize its commitment to breast and ovarian cancer research and pay tribute to those people impacted by these devastating diseases.

The Hope Grows Garden will bloom on the double helix pathway in McMillian Park (on the HudsonAlpha campus) and is made possible by a generous gift from long-time HudsonAlpha supporters Pam and Joe Alexander.

“I have been a nurse all of my life and have taken care of friends and relatives with cancer,” said Pam Alexander. “However, when I developed breast cancer, it put a whole new perspective on this devastating disease for me. I don’t wish for anyone to have to go through what my husband and I went through battling my breast cancer. It is our hope that someday the research being conducted at HudsonAlpha will eliminate this and other types of cancer.”

Available naming opportunities include the ribbon pathway where you can recognize and remember your mother, sister, wife, daughter, aunt, neighbor or friend; and the Kimberly Strong, PhD, Memory Area.

Dr. Strong lost her battle to breast cancer in March of this year. She courageously shared her own struggle with cancer at HudsonAlpha’s annual Tie the Ribbons luncheon in 2015 and 2016. She also led the Information is Power initiative at HudsonAlpha and educated the public on how genetic cancer screening can help save lives. Strong’s professional and personal impact on the field of genetics and genomics is commemorated in a special memorial area of the Hope Grows Garden.

To learn more about donations and additional naming opportunities in the Hope Grows Garden, visit


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