GOOD WILL: Peter L. Slavin, MD, MGH president, left, and Damon
One individual can make an incredible difference for a patient with cancer. On June 1 at the Westin Waterfront, the MGH Cancer Center held its fourth annual fundraiser to celebrate this year's the one hundred -- 100 individuals and groups who have helped advance the fight against cancer in many different ways. The event raised nearly $1.3 million in funding for the center's research, clinical care, education and community outreach efforts.
This year's keynote speaker was award-winning actor and Boston-area native Matt Damon, joined by his father, Kent, who is receiving treatment at the MGH Cancer Center for multiple myeloma. Both father and son provided candid remarks about the quality care the Cancer Center provides.
More than 850 guests -- including many of the one hundred honorees, MGH leadership and event co-chairs U.S. Sen. John Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz; President of the New England Patriots Jonathan Kraft and his wife, Patti; Chief Executive Officer of Digitas Laura Lang and her husband, Stephen -- attended the event. This year's honorees ranged from individuals like 20-year-old American Idol singer David Archuleta, who has worked to raise funding for cancer research, to groups such as the staff of Ellison 14, who put together a wedding for a cancer patient. For a full list of the one hundred honorees or to nominate a 2012 honoree, access www.theonehundred.org.