Friday, May 10, 2013

Cancer Center names the one hundred honorees


COMPASSIONATE CARE: Waldstein and Francis hug during the ceremony

Spring is finally in the air, and with it comes the announcement of the MGH Cancer Center’s the one hundred honorees for 2013, recognizing outstanding individuals or groups who have made or are making a significant difference in the fight against cancer.

During a May 7 ceremony under the Bulfinch Tent, Daniel Haber, MD, PhD, director of the Cancer Center, welcomed a large group that included some of the honorees, their family members and Cancer Center staff.

All recipients – including clinicians, caregivers, philanthropists and volunteers from all walks of life – also will be honored during an upcoming gala fundraiser on June 5 at the Westin Boston Waterfront. This sixth annual event supports vital research and patient care initiatives. This year’s special guest will be actor John Krasinski, who stars in the television series “The Office.” Krasinski is a Newton native and longtime supporter of the MGH.

A number of nominators spoke during the ceremony. Karen Waldstein, a stem cell donor who gave the gift of life to her brother with leukemia, nominated Donald Francis, RN, BSN, of the Blood Transfusion Service, who “patiently and compassionately guided her through the process of her lifesaving donation.”

Lori Wirth, MD – medical director of the Center for Head and Neck Cancers and herself an honoree this year – provided an overview of the Sailing Heals program, which provides respite sailing adventures for patients and their caregivers by giving them a day at sea to forget the burdens of cancer.

And, hematologist-oncologist Amy Comander, MD, introduced the crowd to more than 20 young men dressed in pink T-shirts. As members of the St. Mary’s School baseball team in Westfield, Mass., they have been fundraising for the Cancer Center since their coach’s mother-in-law became a patient with breast cancer.

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