Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company announced it is helping the Vera Bradley Foundation for Breast Cancer, Ft. Wayne, Indiana, to raise money for the foundation’s research.

MassMutual, Springfield, Mass., notes the Vera Bradley Breast Cancer Research Laboratories are studying genetic information that may lead to improved detection and treatment of breast cancer.

In a joint announcement with the foundation, MassMutual also said it is covering the expenses of the foundation’s spokesperson, Heidi Floyd, as she tours the country talking about her own personal battle with breast cancer while raising awareness of the foundation’s fund-raising efforts.