Inspirations Volume 23 - Gabrielle`s Angel Foundation



Inspirations Volume 23 - Gabrielle`s Angel Foundation
inspirations 2014
volume 23
a n e w s l e t t e r f r o m g a b r i e l l e ’ s a n g e l f o u n d at i o n f o r c a n c e r r e s e a r c h
in this issue:
Carl June Gives Keynote Speech at Symposium page 3
Panel Event a First for Patient Advocacy page 11
Save the Date for our 2014 “Gabrielle’s Gala” page 2
Annual Gala
Raises Over
$3.1 Million!
On October 29th the Angel Ball raised
over $3.1 million for cancer research.
Held annually in the heart of the
Financial District at Cipriani Wall Street
and sponsored by celebrity jeweler
Lorraine Schwartz, the gala featured
“Entertainment Tonight’s” Rocsi Diaz
as host. The red carpet was packed
with paparazzi who snapped pictures
of celebs like Hugh Jackman, Rita
Ora, Debra Messing, Martha Stewart,
Salman Rushdie, Montel Williams,
Selita Ebanks, Dee and Tommy
Hilfiger, Donna Karan, Star Jones,
Clive Davis and many more. Dinner
Chairs Hugh Jackman and his wife
Deborra-Lee Furness presented an
award to her mother, Fay Duncan
for her life’s work as the Founder of
Australia’s Fight Cancer Foundation.
The night’s two other honorees were
legendary art world visionary and
philanthropist Simon de Pury who
also conducted the live auction and
Seattle Genetics’ CEO and Co-Founder,
Dr. Clay Siegall whose pioneering
work with the cancer drug Adcetris
is saving the lives of those living
with lymphoma including Angel
Ambassador Ethan Zohn. Co-Founder
Denise Rich welcomed the crowd with
daughter Ilona Rich Schachter by her
side. A beautiful hush fell over the
room during their candlelit moment
of silence in memory of all of those
whose lives have been touched
by cancer.
The gala included one of the best
live shows to date beginning with
a powerful set by R&B legend
Chaka Khan. Later in the evening
singer-songwriter and producer
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Pharrell Williams took the stage with
DJ Kiss to perform a medley of his
hits including “Blurred Lines” and
“Get Lucky.” The crowd flooded
the dance floor and went wild when
surprise musical guest, Usher, joined
him onstage (shown left) to perform
another full set of tunes including the
hit “Yeah.” A highlight of the evening’s
live auction came when Tommy
Hilfiger and Usher got into a bidding
war for the legendary Richard Avedon
photograph, “Dovima with Elephants”
and Board Member Lorraine Schwartz
outbid them both to take the prize
home. With event design by Hélène
Benhamou & Adriana Weiss and décor
by Kobi Karudo and Muscari Fine
Flowers and Blooms, Founding Board
Member and Gala Chair Michèle Rella
thanked the co-chair committee for
all of their hard work and support. At
night’s end, guests stepped out into
the gorgeous autumn night with a
canvas “Limited” gift bag overflowing
with donated goodies. Pharrell
Williams spoke movingly of family
members lost to cancer and told the
assembled “You guys are saving lives
tonight.” (For more photos of the
event, see pages 6–9. )
who we are
Board of Directors
Loreen Arbus
Loreen Arbus Productions, Inc.
Dr. Michaela de Pury
de Pury de Pury
Star Jones
Television Personality, Author & Attorney
Eric S. Lerner
Brooke Milstein
Attorney & Vice Chairman, Northfield Park Race Track
Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Patricia Quick
Thomas C. Quick
First Palm Beach Properties, Inc.
Frank Rella
Trine Corporation
Michèle Rella
Denise Rich
President & Co-Founder
Daniella Rich Kilstock
Ilona Rich Schachter
Paul Schindler, Esq.
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Third Annual
London Gala
Slated for
7 May 2014!
Mark your calendar for Wednesday, 7th May 2014 for our Third Annual
“Gabrielle’s Gala” to benefit Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation UK! The
event will be held in the heart of London on the Thames River at Old
Billingsgate from 7:00 pm to midnight. The gala will include dinner,
dancing, live auction and show. Proceeds will support the UK’s top
research scientists at Great Britain’s leading institutions. Last year’s
gala sold out, so call for your booking today! Tables are available at
£10,000.00 and individual tickets are £750.00.
Place your reservation with our team at Total Management either by
Email: [email protected] or Phone: +44 (0) 207 384 6308.
We look forward to seeing you in the spring!
Lorraine E. Schwartz
Lorraine E. Schwartz, Inc.
Medical Advisory Board
Stephen D. Nimer, M.D.—Chairman
Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
Barrie R. Cassileth, Ph.D.
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
Curt I. Civin, M.D.
University of Maryland School of Medicine
James R. Downing, M.D.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
Carl H. June, M.D.
University of Pennsylvania
Jerome E. Groopman, M.D.
Harvard Institute of Medicine
Janet D. Rowley, M.D., D.Sc.*
The University of Chicago
Rainer Storb, M.D.
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Jeffrey D. White, M.D.
Bethesda, Maryland
Cheryl L. Willman, M.D.
University of New Mexico Cancer Research &
Treatment Center
* Deceased
Angel Ambassadors
Alan Cumming
Suleika Jaouad
Erin Zammett Ruddy
Ethan Zohn
Jennifer Ranieri
Christa Justus
Gina Balsan
Inspirations is written and
edited by Christa Justus
Five Top
for UK Grants
Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation UK announced new
Medical Research Awards totaling £125,000.00 to five of
the United Kingdom’s best and brightest young scientific
investigators. With the help of a team of the UK’s
foremost experts in the hematologic malignancies,
in conjunction with Stephen D. Nimer, MD of the
Foundation’s US Medical Advisory Board, the Foundation
awarded one-year grants in the amount of £25,000.00
to each of the following: (shown left, top to bottom)
Adam Mead, University of Oxford; Bella Patel,
University College London; Clodagh Keohane, Guy’s and
St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust; Karin Ottersbach,
The University of Cambridge and Nicola Potter,
The Institute of Cancer Research. Additional grants were
given to select programs at the Great Ormond Street
Hospital, the Macmillan Cancer Centre, and St. John’s
Hospice for a grand total of £165,000.00. Coupled with
the grants awarded in 2012, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation
UK has awarded grants totaling £215,000.00.
Carl June Gives Keynote Speech at Symposium
Our Fourth Annual Medical Symposium & Luncheon, held November 20th at The Loeb Boathouse at Central Park, was by some
accounts our best yet. The Foundation hosted over 50 of our grantees who were welcomed by Medical Advisory Board Chairman
Stephen D. Nimer, MD. Grantees past and present heard 11 presentations on the latest cutting-edge advancements being made
by the nation’s best physician-scientists. Donors and select press joined the afternoon session and were treated to a special
presentation by Medical Advisory Board member and leukemia research scientist Dr. Carl June whose pioneering work at the
University of Pennsylvania is curing patients of their leukemia. Co-Founder Denise Rich beamed with pride calling the scientists
the “real rock stars” and the entire room gave a standing ovation to AML survivor Suleika Jaouad after she shared her moving
story of survivorship. Collaborative grant recipient Ross Levine of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center remarked that it was
“inspirational and catalytic for all of us!” We agree 100%, Dr. Levine.
Photos: Sylvain Gabourey
1) Grantees Eddy Yang, Alex Huang & Alan Cantor 2) Drs. Tami Kingsbury & Wen-Chih Cheng 3) Drs. Ben Ebert, Michael Kharas, Daniel Starczynowski,
Alejandro Gutierrez 4) Drs. Carl June, Barrie Cassileth, Stephen Nimer & Curt Civin with Denise Rich & Suleika Jaouad 5) Drs. Young Jik Kwon & Jeffrey Tyner
6) Board Members Carl June & Stephen Nimer with Grantee Ross Levine
“This symposium has become such an important part of what we do. It is a day that inspires
us, educates us and gives us hope. To our grantees, this day is about you. You bring life to
Gabrielle’s dream. Thank you for working so hard to make a difference for those living with
cancer. We are proud to support your research.”
• Denise Rich, Co-Founder
Photo Courtesy of Dolphins Cycling Challenge
Nimer Rides Again in Miami Bike Challenge
On November 2–3, Medical Advisory Board Chairman, Dr. Stephen D. Nimer
completed 170 miles on his second annual Dolphins Cycling Challenge in Miami,
Florida. This two-day tri-county event donates 100% of the profits raised by
participating cyclists to the Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center of which
Dr. Nimer serves as director. A “Top Team Member” for Team UM Sylvester, Nimer
raised an incredible $52,620.00 for DDC IV which brought in a total of over $3.1
million for the cancer center. Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross presented Nimer
with the check at a Dolphin’s pre-game ceremony (shown left). In his second year at
the University of Miami, Nimer remarked, “The ride was amazing and inspiring! I am
so proud to be a member of the South Florida community as we came together to
support life-saving research.” Congratulations on another job well done, Dr. Nimer!
Michaela de Pury Joins Board
In December, art world impresario and philanthropist Dr. Michaela de Pury joined
the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Dr. de Pury (shown right) currently serves as
Co-Founder and Partner of de Pury de Pury, a company specializing in private treaty
sales and advising major private collections. Until recently, she served as Senior
Director at Phillips de Pury & Company and was instrumental in securing major
consignments and private transactions surrounding key works in all sales categories
of Contemporary Art, Design and Photography. Her consignments include the Hoener
Collection of German Expressionist Art in 2001, the FER Collection in 2004, and the
largest-ever single owner collection of contemporary Russian art in February 2007.
Early in her career, Dr. de Pury served as CEO of Neumeister Auctions in New York,
the leading Munich auction company founded by her father Rudolf Neumeister.
She obtained her Ph.D. from the University of Hamburg and trained at Christie’s in
London, Sotheby’s in New York and at Taijan in Paris. Dr. de Pury is married to one of
the art world’s leading figures, Simon de Pury former Chairman of Phillips de Pury &
Company and they have a two-year old daughter. An auctioneer, avid collector, and
longtime Foundation supporter, we warmly welcome Dr. de Pury to our Board!
VIP Launch Party at LAVO
1) Victoria Hunter & Ethan Zohn 2) Gala Sponsor Lorraine Schwartz with Denise Rich 3) Donna Poiyadjis & Lauren Day Roberts
4) H.E. Mr. Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser & Muna Rihani 5) Elena Volgin & Guest 6) Launch Party Sponsors 7) Denise Rich with Howard & Allison Lutnick
8) Nikki Haskell, Ivana Trump, Peter Cervinka, Denise Rich & Michèle & Frank Rella
Photos: Brian Ach for Wire Image
On an unseasonably warm October night, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation
held the VIP Launch Party in anticipation of its annual fundraising
event, the Angel Ball. On October 3rd, supporters and sponsors hit NYC
hotspot LAVO for the soiree where 200 guests enjoyed delicious food
and drink and a special welcome speech from Co-Founder Denise Rich.
Great thanks to our evening’s sponsors: Marc Packer & LAVO, Azuňia
Tequila, elit by Stolichnaya, Seth Greenberg & Forever Young Wines,
FIJI Water, Sparkling Pointe, and DJ Claudius.
Ruddy Family Welcomes New Angel
On November 16th, newly minted Angel Ambassador Erin Zammett Ruddy and her husband Nick Ruddy welcomed their third
little angel, Molly Kate. Adding a baby sister to their family of four carries special meaning for the Ruddy clan, as Erin is a
12-year chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) survivor and had to go off of her life-saving medication, Gleevec, for the duration
of each of her three pregnancies. In her recent Yahoo Shine! Column, Erin wrote about resuming her cancer treatment and
remarked, “The number one thing to me has always been family. I didn’t want cancer to take my chance to have kids away
from me and it didn’t. I may still be in treatment but I am a survivor. I am proof that there is life after cancer; life with cancer.
You don’t often hear “having cancer” and “being lucky” in the same sentence but as I swallow my pill today—with my
three kids sitting around me—that’s exactly how I will be feeling. I know that I have won big time. And I will never forget it.”
Jaouad Wins Emmy!
New York Times columnist, patient advocate and leukemia survivor Suleika Jaouad
(shown left) can now add Emmy-winner to her resume. The Angel Ambassador nabbed the
prestigious golden statue for the companion video series to her New York Times “Well”
column, “Life, Interrupted.” Editor Tara Parker-Pope was on hand to celebrate with Suleika
and series producer Shayla Harris. Jaouad, whose column chronicles her life as a young
adult cancer patient, called standing on stage accepting the award “one of the most surreal,
amazing moments of my life.”
In Memoriam Janet Davison Rowley, M.D., D. Sc. 1925­­–2013
Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation mourns the passing of Medical Advisory Board member and cancer
research pioneer Janet D. Rowley, M.D., D.Sc. who died December 17th at the age of 88 from
complications of ovarian cancer. Dr. Rowley’s research in the 1970’s focused on chromosomal
abnormalities and established that cancer is a genetic disease. This led the New York Times to dub
her “the Matriarch of Modern Cancer Genetics.” Dr. Rowley’s discoveries changed the way cancer was
understood and treated, paving the way for targeted therapies such as Gleevec. Humble, hardworking
and a hero to many, Dr. Rowley received numerous accolades throughout her career including the
prestigious Lasker Award, the National Medal of Science and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Medical Advisory Board member Jerome Groopman, M.D. remembered Dr. Rowley as “...both
a towering intellect and an extraordinary soul, brilliant in her work and unparalleled as a mentor
and inspiration. We honor her memory by doing the best we possibly can for so many in need.”
July, 2005 grantee Dr. Iannis Aifantis was promoted to Chairman of Department of Pathology at the NYU School of
Medicine. To learn more about his work, visit:
2013 grantee Dr. Christopher D’Adamo and the Greenebaum Cancer Center’s Music Therapy program at the University
of Maryland were featured on WBAL-TV in Baltimore. The story was picked up and aired nationally on
2010 grantee Columbia University’s Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee received the Memorial
Sloan-Kettering Medal for Outstanding Contributions to Biomedical Research, awarded
every year to the keynote speaker of the 2013 Academic Convocation and Gerstner
Sloan-Kettering Graduate School Commencement.
2006 grantee Dr. James Rubenstein of the University of California, San Francisco
published “encouraging results” from his research involving treatments for primary
CNS lymphoma in the April 8th edition of ASCO’S Journal of Clinical Oncology.
2011 grantee Dr. Dorothy Sipkins’ work was featured on the June 13th cover of Blood
magazine (shown right) for her paper entitled “Adhesion to osteopontin in the bone
marrow niche regulates lymphoblastic leukemia cell dormancy.”
Angel Ball 2013
1) A moment of silence in memory of all those lost to cancer
2) Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell with Larisa Martinez
3) “It’s a Good Thing”—Martha Stewart with Co-Founder Denise Rich
4) Sandra Sanchez & Henry Hay
5) Charleen Sacks & friend
6) Honoree Fay Duncan with her daughter Deborrah-Lee Furness
& Hugh Jackman
7) Andrew Shore with Hélène Benhamou
8) Fashion world royalty, Dee & Tommy Hilfiger
9) Star Jones, Rocsi Diaz, Usher, Denise Rich & Montel Williams
10) Our friends from COTY, Catherine Walsh & Jim Shiah
11) Usher with music industry legend Clive Davis
12) DJ Kiss works her magic
13) Tina Knowles with Gala Sponsor Lorraine Schwartz
Photos: Dimitrios Gambouris & Jamie McCarthy for Getty Images North America; Dustin Harris & Patrick McMullan for Patrick McMullan & Co., Inc.
Angel Ball 2013
14) Ondine de Rothschild & Marija Skara are all smiles
15) R&B legend Chaka Khan kicks off the show
16) Simon de Pury & his “doppelgänger,” supermodel Karolina Kurkova
17) Foundation supporters Cynthia Ott & Jim Coleman
18) Stacey Cooper & Benny Shabtai
19) Gala Sponsor Lorraine Schwartz & her sister Ofira Sandberg have some
laughs on the red carpet with Pharrell & actress Debra Messing
20) Jon Najarian & Victoria Hunter
21) “Orange Is the New Black’s” Dascha Polanco with Maxwell
22) The artist Peter Tunney & his wife, Amy
23) Forever Young Wine’s Seth Greenberg & his wife, Sasha
24) Ethan Zohn with Seattle Genetics’ Dr. Clay Siegall & Chip Romp
25 ) Gabriel Saporta & Erin Fetherston
26) Model Selita Ebanks gets a peck on the cheek from George Wayne
Angel Ball 2013
27) Sonja Morgan, Carol Asscher & friends enjoy the gala
28) Co-Founder Denise Rich with her daughter, Ilona Rich Schachter
29) FSHN Magazine’s Elisabeth Thieriot
30) Pamela Johananoff, Brenda von Schweikhardt, Norah Lawlor
& Alisa Roever
31) Sisterly love: Brooke & Brinah Milstein
32) Longtime Foundation supporters Michele & Larry Herbert
33) Fashion designer Nicole Miller
34) Angels smile for the camera
35) Pharrell, Ofira Sandberg, Dr. Nimer & his wife, Georgia
36) Model Lindsey Wixson snuggles with admirer, Joachim Johnson
37) Supermodels Angela Martini & Maryna Linchuk strike a pose
38) Marnie Lewis with comedian Caroline Rhea
39) Model Alex Lundqvist
Photos: Dimitrios Gambouris & Jamie McCarthy for Getty Images North America; Dustin Harris & Patrick McMullan for Patrick McMullan & Co., Inc.
Angel Ball 2013
40) Supermodel Irina Shayk with Eli Mizrahi
41) 2012 Honoree & Angel Ball Co-Chair Bonnie Pfeifer Evans
42) Hugh Jackman welcomes the crowd
43) Brit pop star Rita Ora with fashion legend Donna Karan
44) The children of our donors are philanthropic, too!
45) Pharrell’s fans join him onstage
46) Pretty in Pink—E! News correspondent Alicia Quarles
47) Supermodel Jessica White struts her stuff
48) Renowned author Salman Rushdie & Missy Brody
49) Marlena Helene & Robin Cofer with Co-Chair Louise Kornfeld
50) Co-Chair Heather McDowell Levin (2nd from left) & friends
51) Founding Board Member & Gala Chair Michèle Rella & husband, Frank
52) Denise Wohl smiles for the paparazzi
Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation wishes
to thank the following for their generous
support of the Angel Ball 2013:
Gala Angel Sponsor
Lorraine Schwartz
Live Auction
Khaled AL Muhairy
Donald Baechler
Colin Cowie
Kenny Schachter
Lorraine Schwartz
Marc Quinn
Online Auction
Elsa Adams
The Algonquin Hotel
Amanyara Resort
Kim Baker
B & Co. NYC
Dennis Basso
The Blavatnik Family Foundation and
the Grand-Hôtel du Cap-Ferrat
Fadil Berisha
Melissa Bridgers & Eduard De Guardiola
Alison Brod Public Relations
Americana Manhasset
Barking Fire Couture by Patricia Fistes-Adams
Barnes International
Barneys New York
Bradford Renaissance Portraits Corp.
Brattle Street Coaching
Barbara Bui
Buzz Aldrin Enterprises, LLC
Roberto Cavalli
Caesars Entertainment
The Club Barbados
Glynn and Nadiia Cohen
Alan Cumming, Roundabout Theatre Company
Nathalie Dauriac-Stoebe
Clive Davis
Clos-ette Too
Cucina Ciano
Cynthia Rowley
Laura Day Inc.
Johan Eliasch
Maria Theresa Fauci
Federal Air
Brad Fisher
Dionisio Fontana
Deborra-lee Furness & Hugh Jackman
Nancy Gonzalez
Jeff Gordon & Ingrid Vandebosch
Josh Groban
Lizzie Grubman
Clara Hallencreutz
Harper’s Bazaar
Deborah Harry~Blondie
Hospitality Afrika, Federal Airlines,
Molori Safari, Sabi Sabi
Hotel Belleclaire
Hotel Fasano Fazenda Boa Vista
Hotel Fasano Las Piedras
Hotel Fasano Rio de Janeiro
Hotel Fasano São Paulo
Hotel Plaza Athenee, New York
Ivor & Eric Ichikowitz
Italia Independent
Jennifer Fisher Jewelry
Pamela Johananoff
The Jones Group
Jujamcyn Theaters
Clara Kasavina
Gavin Keilly
Naeem Khan
Kramer Portraits, New York
Katherine Kwei
Lawlor Media Group Inc
The Leela Palace New Delhi / The Leela Palace
LexxStar Transportation
“LIVE! with Kelly & Michael Show”
Long Bay Beach Resort & Villas, Tortola
Los Establos Boutique Inn
Lowenberg, Lituchy & Kantor
Allison & Howard Lutnick
The Milstein Family
Rebecca Minkoff
Robin & Mitchell Modell
Mohegan Sun
Monticello Motor Club
Jon and Pete Najarian
Necker Island, Sir Richard Branson
Mr. James L. Nederlander & The Nederlander
Producing Company of America, Inc.
The New York Jets
Johan Ernst Nilson
Richie Notar
NYOP~NY Optimum Performance
Paramount Hotel NYC
Danica Patrick
Peace & Love Jewelry by Nancy Davis
The Pearl Theatre Company
The Peninsula Beverly Hills
People’s Choice Awards
Plush Fashion Styling
Zac Posen
Prada Spa
Bar Refaeli
Jordan Roth
S. A. Chrobak, LTD.
Saks Fifth Avenue
Mark Sanchez
Rubin Singer
Sony Pictures~on behalf of Andrea Wong
Théo E. Spilka
Howard Stern, Gary Dell’Abate & Robin Quivers
St. James’s Club Morgan Bay
St. James’s Club & Villas
Tom Ford Beauty
Tosca New York
Peter Tunney
Jon B. Turk, MD
Alan Valley
The Verandah Resort & Spa
William Henry
Natalie White
Zelko Photography
Gift Bag Courtesy of
Marc Leder & The Limited
Gift Bag Collection Courtesy of
Americana Manhasset
Amrita Singh
Romero Britto
Clive Davis
Elizabeth Grant Skin Care
FSHN Magazine
Herban Essentials
Kusmi Tea
Laura Geller Beauty
Magnetic Field Therapy Systems~Franz Zach
Robin & Mitchell Modell
Nick Chavez Beverly Hills
NYX Cosmetics
Printen-und Schokoladenfabrik~Henry
Lambertz GmbH & Co. KG
Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmetique
Noreen and Peter Thomas Roth
Unique Specialty Products Ltd.
Virginia Cocktail Peanuts
Yes To, Inc.
Angel Ball Launch Party
Marc Packer / LAVO
Azuňia Tequila
DJ Claudius
elit by Stolichnaya
FIJI Water
Forever Young Wines, Seth Greenberg
Sparkling Pointe Méthode Champenoise
Event Design
Hélène Benhamou & Adriana Weiss
Event Décor
Muscari Fine Flowers & Blooms
Celebrity Accommodations & Services
The Greenwich Hotel
The Mercer Hotel
Audi, Official Automotive Sponsor
Online Auction
Photos: Christa Justus & Jamie McCarthy for Wire Image
Millennial Ball 2.0 Raises $50,000!
On June 18th, Millennial Ball 2.0 hit MARQUEE New York and raised $50,000 for the Foundation’s research initiatives.
The evening featured a revolving crew of the city’s top millennial DJs including Chachi, George Garcia, Imanos & Zeke Thomas
who kept everyone out on the dance floor. More than 250 of New York’s hippest young philanthropists attended and Angel
Ambassador R&B singer Estelle stopped by to show her support. Thiel Fellow, biotech whiz kid and healthcare entrepreneur,
Riley Ennis spoke to an attentive crowd and sponsors included Sam & Drew, Ambitious Media, Azuňia Tequila, elit by
Stolichnaya, Voss Water, Tumeric and Magnifico Wine. Special thanks to event hosts Andrew Warren and Louie Torrellas as well
as Event Chairs Caroline Pires, Grymes Cannon, Steve Liu & the entire millennial committee for their enthusiasm and hard work.
1) Marquee signage 2) Angel Ambassador Estelle 3) Host Louie Torrellas with Michèle Rella 4) Millennial angels strike a pose
5) Tiffany Trump with Peter Brant II 6) Event Host Andrew Warren
Foundation Launches
“Conversations About Cancer”
Photos: Sylvain Gabourey
On September 12th, the Foundation held its first-ever patient advocacy
event, “Conversations About Cancer: Fertility, Intimacy & You” which
brought together patients and healthcare providers to address the
important issues patients deal with when faced with a cancer diagnosis.
The six-member panel included Dr. Sage Bolte as moderator and Angel
Ambassadors Suleika Jaouad and Ethan Zohn representing patient
perspectives. Other panelists included Christopher Anrig, LCSW-R,
Dr. Mercedes Castiel of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and
Foundation grantee Dr. Shari Goldfarb all of whom spoke from a medical
standpoint on topics exploring the effects of chemotherapy on fertility,
treatment-induced sexual dysfunction and dating after cancer. Also
emphasized was the need for patients and doctors to discuss openly
these important and sensitive issues. Special thanks to Judith R. King and
King + Co. for kindly donating their space. Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation
hopes this will be the first in a series of important discussions facing
cancer patients today.
1) Panelists Drs. Mercedes Castiel & Sage Bolte with Suleika Jaouad, Ethan Zohn,
Dr. Shari Goldfarb & Christopher Anrig, LCSW-R
2) Our panelists enjoy a lighter moment
3) Stupid Cancer CEO Matthew Zachary & friends
For all the latest, follow us online!
Twitter @CureCancerNow
• With help from our Angel Ball co-chair committee, our recent eDROP-OFF promotion raised nearly $3,400
for cancer research! eDROP-OFF offers online shoppers a place to buy and sell authentic designer clothing,
handbags and more.
• Medical Advisory Board Member Dr. Cheryl L. Willman, director and CEO of the University of New Mexico Cancer
Research and Treatment Center was honored by the YWCA as “La Estrella.” Part of their 27th Annual Women on
the Move awards, the committee cited Dr. Willman’s “distinguished medical career and leadership in the field of
cancer research” as reported in UNM’s Mirage Magazine.
• “Survivor: Africa” winner and two-time lymphoma survivor, Ethan Zohn hit a milestone on November 12th when
he celebrated his 40th birthday. A professional soccer player and philanthropist, Zohn partied with friends
and family including his brother and transplant donor, Lee and created the perfect hashtag for the occasion:
#Ethanisstillalive! Reason to celebrate, indeed and we wish Ethan many, many more!
Praise for Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation...
“... if there were not philanthropists out there like [Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation] who are willing to support and believe in
the research that I do and so many others do, we would NOT have the cure rates and medical advances that we can now
offer to patients. It means so much to not only us as researchers, we are secondary in this, it means the world to the
patients and their families knowing that there are physicians and scientists out there every day trying to find better therapies,
better early detection methods, and advances in therapies to cure their cancer. .. A million thanks for your hard work!”
• Leslie Doros, MD, Children’s National Medical Center
“Congratulations on another terrific [symposium]. The testimony and the discoveries of the young scientists that
Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation supports should really make Denise and the team SO proud.”
• Curt I. Civin, MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Medical Advisory Board Member
“I didn’t know Gabrielle but I can only imagine she would be so proud of all your efforts, the difference you are making to the
lives of so many and the way you present this incredible organization that may not have benefitted her, but is benefitting
so many and helping create new breakthroughs in science.” • Jill Samuels, Films Without Borders
“The Angel Ball is such a worthy cause and truly demonstrates the passion of a mother’s love for her child.”
• Deborah Larrison, US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management
“The good will in the room [at the Angel Ball] was palpable. You did a brilliant job, and your guests left humming the party
(and working on a hernia from the goodie bags!) Bravissimi!” • Catherine P. Saxton, Co-Chair Committee
By the Numbers
Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation takes its commitment to its donors very seriously.
By showing fiscal responsibility in program, administrative and fundraising costs,
the Foundation remains committed to supporting the country’s most cutting-edge,
innovative thinkers. We are proud that 89 cents of every dollar we raise directly
funds the future leaders of cancer research.
89% Program Service Expenses
7% Administrative Expenses
4% Fundraising Expenses

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