Friday, June 14, 2013

Honorees shine at sixth annual MGH Cancer Center gala


On June 5, the MGH Cancer Center hosted the sixth annual the one hundred gala. Hosted by actor and Newton native John Krasinski, the fundraiser attracted some 900 attendees, raised more than $1.3 million, and honored 100 individuals and organizations for their commitment and contributions to the fight against cancer.

Honorees were selected from nearly 750 nominations received from across the country and represent scientists, caregivers, patients, advocates, volunteers and philanthropists of all ages and backgrounds. Money raised through the one hundred supports cancer research, patient care, education programs and community outreach at the Cancer Center. During the event, Daniel Haber, MD, director of the Cancer Center, said, “I promise you that every year we will celebrate the one hundred until cancer is no longer the scourge that it is today.”

Several honorees were highlighted during the evening program, including Stephanie Quinn, MSW, LICSW, oncology clinical social worker in the MGH Inpatient Medical Oncology Unit. Quinn was recognized for arranging a memorable event where the dean of Worcester Polytechnic Institute presented a patient, a senior at the school, with his diploma just 12 hours before he died. Bruce Chabner, MD, director of Clinical Research at the MGH, was honored as an oncology pioneer and beloved teacher. And, honoree Ann Murray Paige shared insights from her inspiring journey after being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 37, telling the audience, “Cancer is hard ... but you make it easier.”

The 2013 the one hundred was co-chaired by The Kraft Group President Jonathan Kraft and his wife Patti, and Vicary Graham, regional president at BNY Mellon Wealth Management. During the event, Kraft paid tribute to the 2013 Mass General Marathon Team: Fighting Kids’ Cancer ... One Step at a Time. Many members of the team joined him onstage, including team captain Howard Weinstein, MD, chief of the MassGeneral Hospital for Children Hematology-Oncology Unit, who presented Kraft and Krasinski with Boston Marathon medals.

In a video message from Cambridge, England, where he is currently filming a movie, actor Matt Damon recommitted to coming back to host the one hundred in 2014, along with his pal and “pinch-hitter” Krasinski. Damon hosted both the 2011 and 2012 events.

 To view videos from the event, read about this year’s honorees, and submit nominations for the 2014 the one hundred, visit

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