Friday, December 5, 2014

Catwalk for cancer


ROLE MODELS: Robbins and Haber walk the runway

Daniel A. Haber, MD, PhD, director of the MGH Cancer Center, and Kate Robbins, a 10-year survivor of advanced stage lung cancer, were among the many models who walked the runway at the Friends of the Mass General Cancer Center Fall Benefit: Couture for Cancer Care at the Revere Hotel in Boston. Featuring MGH caregivers and their patients, the annual fashion show celebrates survivorship and raised more than $285,000 for supportive care programs at the center.

“Dr. Haber wanted me to walk with him because he was the one who figured it all out,” said Robbins. “It has been a wonderful opportunity. It is a celebration of not only my life but also the life others can have through this discovery.”

Robbins’ dramatic response to an experimental drug in 2004 led Haber and his team to identify a genetic target within her cancer that was sensitive to the drug. This discovery helped launch the field of targeted cancer therapy.

“There are so many challenges dealing with cancer,” said Haber. “But this is a chance to have fun and celebrate the successes and the relationships that are built between patients and their caregivers.”

The Nov. 12 event, which attracted nearly 350 guests, was co-chaired by Cheryl Clarkson, Sylvia Fernandez-del Castillo and Remy Stressenger, and sponsored by Santander Bank.

Scott Wahle, a former WBZ-TV anchor, and David Ryan, MD, clinical director of the Cancer Center, served as emcees, sharing the models’ inspiring stories while also showcasing designs from fashion and beauty partners NIC+ZOE, North River Outfitter, Moxie, Fulham Salon and Giorgio Armani Beauty.

For more information about the Friends of the Mass General Cancer Center and Couture for Cancer Care, visit

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