Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Communities Rally Support for Cancer Care and Research

Events in our Community
Lisa Doyle

At the June 11 Four Seasons Hotel Boston Run of Hope: (l-r) Patriots Cheerleader, Tiffany Ortiz, Bill Taylor, Litsa Menounos, Costas Menounos, Maria Menounos, Keven Undergaro, Patriots Cheerleader (photo credit: Raymond Jones)

Run of Hope

The 24th annual Four Seasons Hotel Boston Run of Hope was held on June 11. Despite a rainy morning, spirits were high as 412 runners and countless volunteers and supporters came out to the Esplanade to support pediatric cancer care and research at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Cancer Center. Special guests included Access Hollywood special correspondent and NBC news reporter Maria Menounos; Boston Mayor Tom Menino; and Tiffany Ortiz. Thanks to the extraordinary efforts of the Four Seasons team and many supporters, the event raised more than $95,000!


At the Julie Fund Walk on June 18: (back row, left to right) Mohapatra Gayatry, MD; Robin McQueen; Mike Birrer, MD, PhD; Liz Birrer; Nicole Birrer; Elizabeth Birrer; (front row) Lily Growdon, Whitfield Growdon, MD

Julie Fund Walk

The Julie Fund held its annual walk on June 18 at Artesani/Herter Park in Brighton. The Julie Fund's recent gift of $200,000 brings its cumulative giving to over $1.5 million. The Julie Fund supports ovarian cancer research, education and supportive care services at the Mass General Cancer Center.


Naomi Little exits the water looking like she has some energy to spare after completing the 1.5 mile Sharkfest Swim: Escape from Alcatraz

Naomi Little’s Sharkfest Swim: Escape from Alcatraz

On June 25, Naomi Little successfully completed the Sharkfest Swim: Escape from Alcatraz, a hazardous 1.5 mile journey across the frigid, shark-infested waters of San Francisco Bay. Her inspiration for the swim was a mentor and friend who was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer last year and treated at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center; her friend has been cancer-free for eight months. Through the swim, Naomi raised nearly $4,000 to support head and neck cancer research at Mass General – an extraordinary feat! Not to mention that she completed the swim in under an hour!


At the Granite State Quest on July 9, 100 riders set out on either the 50 mile or 100 mile course to raise money for pediatric cancer research and care (photo credit: Ann Marie Kane)

Granite State Quest

On July 9, 100 riders traversed the 50 or 100 mile bike routes to complete the 9th annual Granite State Quest in Southern New Hampshire. This was a record breaking year for the Granite State Quest, with total funds raised through the 2011 ride topping $216,000 and total fundraising over nine years reaching the $1 million milestone! 100% of proceeds support pediatric cancer care and research at the MassGeneral Hospital for Children (MGHfC) Cancer Center. The Quest is a special event for the MGHfC Cancer Center, with physicians, staff, patient parents and family members, and former patients participating in the Quest over the nine years. Additionally, teams from Timberland, Dunkin’ Brands, Infinity Pharmaceuticals and Biogen helped make this year’s ride such a huge success.


Honoree Erin Cortright and her care team, Yi-Bin Chen, MD (left) and Eyal Attar, MD (second from left), and Scott Hayworth, MD, President and CEO of Mount Kisco (right), at the July 20 Miracle Luncheon. (photo credit: Todd Shapera Photography)

A Miracle Luncheon in Honor of Erin Cortright

The Miracle Luncheon in honor of Erin Cortright was held on Wednesday, July 20 at Trump National Golf Course in Briarcliff Manor, NY. This first time event raised over $25,000 for the Leukemia Treatment and Discovery Fund at the Mass General Cancer Center. Over 100 people joined together to celebrate Erin's courageous battle with leukemia and subsequent bone marrow transplant, as well as her two year anniversary of being cancer free.


Dr. Bruce Chabner, Director of Clinical Research, MGH Cancer Center; Dr. Jay Loeffler, Chief, MGH Radiation Oncology; Dr. Barry Mills, President, Bowdoin College; and Dr. William Curry, Attending Neurosurgeon, MGH at the July 20 Brian D. Silber Memorial Golf Tournament

The 14th Annual Brian D. Silber Memorial Golf Tournament

The 14th Annual Brian D. Silber Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at The Meadow at Peabody. A dinner followed the golf event, including speaking remarks by Jay Loeffler, MD, Chief, MGH Radiation Oncology; Scott Plotkin, MD, PhD, Director, MGH Neurofibromatosis Clinic; and Anna Terry, MD, an MGH Neurosurgery resident with a spinal tumor research focus. An impressive 124 golfers and 200 dinner attendees showed up in support of the Brian D. Silber Memorial Fund. At the end of the evening, the Silber Family was thrilled to present Dr. Plotkin with a check for $75,000 in support of spinal cord tumor research, education of physicians, patients and families; and the Brian D. Silber Spine Tumor Clinic in the Brain Tumor Center at Massachusetts General Hospital. Since 1996, the Silber Fund has raised over $1.5 million in memory of Brian Silber to support Mass General.


At the Patty Fund Annual Golf Outing on July 21: (l-r) Brad Bevis, Sarah Bevis, Deb Bevis, Neil Bevis, Andrea Berardino Bevis, Tate Bevis, Sarah Ryder, Topher Bevis

The 6th Annual Patty Fund Golf Tournament

The Annual Patty Fund Golf Outing commemorates the life of Patricia Ann Bevis. Her husband, three sons and their spouses organize a golf tournament each year in an effort to aid in the fight against brain cancer, by providing much needed funding for research and development in the study and treatment of brain cancer at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Stephen E. and Catherine Pappas Center for Neuro-Oncology. This year’s tournament was held on July 21 at Waverly Oaks Golf Club in Plymouth. The tournament has raised more than $60,000 since its inception.


Pictured at the entrance to the Nashua Country Club are Justin Stanton and his mother, Dr. Anne Vemette, kicking off the 5th annual Kenneth Stanton Memorial Golf Tournament on July 25

The 5th Annual Kenneth Stanton Memorial Golf Tournament

The Fifth Annual Kenneth Stanton Memorial Golf Tournament was held on Monday, July 25, at Nashua Country Club. Dr. Peter Slavin attended and was a guest speaker at the dinner. This annual tournament raises over $30,000 a year to support sarcoma cancer research in memory of Dr. Kenneth Stanton, a prominent dentist in Southern New Hampshire. 


John “Ace” Estrella’s daughter, Elicia Estrella, with John’s grandsons David (with hat) and Jonathan Burke, along with Kyle Thorne at the July 25 golf tournament

8th Annual John “Ace” Estrella Memorial Golf Tournament

The 8th Annual John “Ace” Estrella Memorial Golf Tournament was held on July 25 at Thomson Country Club in North Andover, MA. 135 participants came out to pay tribute to the life of John Estrella by spending a fun filled day playing the game he loved, followed by a ‘funny money’ casino night. The event raised $14,000 for cancer research. The John Estrella Foundation for Cancer Research has donated a total of $76,000 to Mass General to date in support of kidney cancer research under the direction of Dr. Dror Michaelson and his colleagues.


Bill Dunderdale, Sara Kelly, Kelly Clark, Barbara Dunderdale and Dr. Paul Busse at the Billy Burchard Foundation’s 5th annual Hit It & Hope golf tournament on August 1

5th Annual Hit It & Hope Golf Tournament and Auction

Decked out in Hawaiian shirts and leis, friends of Billy Burchard and supporters of the Billy Burchard Foundation hit the golf course on August 1 for the 5th annual Hit It & Hope Golf Tournament and Auction at The Club at New Seabury in Mashpee, MA. Complete with hula dancers at the 18th hole, the event was a great success and a wonderful tribute to Billy Burchard, who passed away from pancreatic cancer in 2006. The foundation supports research at the Tucker Gosnell Center for Gastrointestinal Cancers at Mass General, under the direction of Drs. David Ryan and Carlos Fernandez-del Castillo; in the first four years of the event, the foundation donated $335,000 to support this important work.



To Learn More

To learn about upcoming events, pleasevisit the Mass General Cancer Center online calendar

For information on hosting a fundraiser in support of the Mass General Cancer Center, pleasevisit our giving page

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