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Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation Gala Raises $3.5 Million for the Lurie Cancer Center
This past November, the Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation (HCRF) raised more than $3.5 million to benefit high-impact translational research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. “I Will Survive” was the theme of HCRF’s third annual gala, The Wings to Cure, attended by more than 600 guests at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Chicago’s Navy Pier.
Gala co-chairs, Alex and Danielle Samoylovich, welcomed guests and shared how losing their close friend and business partner, Jay Michael fueled their desire to find cures. Together with HCRF’s founding chair, Eleni Bousis, they thanked friends and supporters for raising funds to “create hope and a bright future for those affected by cancer.”
LeeAnn Trotter, entertainment reporter for NBC 5, and Lou Canellis, sports anchor at WFLD-TV, were the evening’s emcees. The black-tie event began with an elegant cocktail reception. Matt Lewis and The Union Band set the tone for dinner and dancing.
A video highlighting the ground-breaking research of Lurie Cancer Center’s talented physicians and scientists was followed by remarks from director, Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD. “Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being here today. We have built a very strong group, all working to fight cancer together, through research and clinical care. I’m confident, with your support, we will make a big difference.”
Nearly half of all men and one-third of women in the United States will develop cancer during their lifetime. The mission of the Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation is to discover, develop and implement effective new treatments for patients with cancer by advancing groundbreaking research. Their goal — to eliminate cancer and save lives — is ambitious but achievable.
The Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation’s diverse network of donors provides the philanthropic support to fund interdisciplinary research teams at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, empowering their world-class investigators to join forces and address the most urgent questions in the fields of cancer biology and oncology in daring and innovative ways. By investing in “out of the box” research, with an emphasis on translational cancer research, the HCRF will accelerate and heighten the impact of scientific discoveries.
Often referred to as the “father of medicine” for his lasting contributions to the field, Hippocrates was revered as the ideal physician and admired as a teacher. The Hippocratic Oath is considered a rite of passage for doctors to this day, setting the highest ethical standards for compassionate care, respect for patient privacy and sharing scientific knowledge for the benefit of future generations. Hippocrates’ approach to scientific discovery and empathetic care has inspired the establishment of the Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation (HCRF).