HudsonAlpha opens Hope Grows Garden for 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

About HudsonAlpha: HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a nonprofit institute dedicated to innovating in the field of genomic technology and sciences across a spectrum of biological challenges. Opened in 2008, its mission is four-fold: sparking scientific discoveries that can impact human health and well-being; bringing genomic medicine into clinical care; fostering life sciences entrepreneurship and business growth; and encouraging the creation of a genomics-literate workforce and society. The HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus consists of 152 acres nestled within Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second largest research park. Designed to be a hothouse of biotech economic development, HudsonAlpha’s state-of-the-art facilities co-locate nonprofit scientific researchers with entrepreneurs and educators. The relationships formed on the HudsonAlpha campus encourage collaborations that produce advances in medicine and agriculture. Under the leadership of Dr. Richard M. Myers, a key collaborator on the Human Genome Project, HudsonAlpha has become a national and international leader in genetics and genomics research and biotech education, and includes more than 30 diverse biotech companies on campus. To learn more about HudsonAlpha, visit

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