Friday, May 27, 2016

Second lady of the U.S. featured speaker at the one hundred

HUMBLING HONOREES: From left, Solder, Fitzgerald, Biden and David Ryan, MD, chief of the Cancer Center

The MGH Cancer Center raised nearly $1.8 million its ninth annual gala fundraiser, the one hundred, at the Westin Waterfront on May 24. The event honors 100 individuals and groups from all walks of life who have made an indelible impact on the fight against cancer. Funds raised are critical for continued momentum in both research and patient care.

After a moving introduction from Jack Connors, former chairman of Partners HealthCare, special guest Dr. Jill Biden, second lady of the U.S., gave an impassioned and heartfelt speech about the mission she and her husband Vice President Joe Biden have embarked on to infuse the research community with a “moonshot” vision to eradicate cancer.

“For Joe and me, this fight is personal,” she said. “My sister recently had a stem cell transplant. Our son Beau. My mother. My father. So we know how important this fight is. But we also know it’s bigger than us. It affects millions of people around the world every day.” 

Other honorees who addressed the crowd were New England Patriots player Nate Solder, a testicular cancer survivor who was successfully cared for at the MGH Cancer Center. Solder and his family are now waging a battle against cancer once again as his 10-month-old son Hudson is being treated for a rare kidney cancer. “I thank each and every one of you for all that you do,” said Solder, acknowledging both his and Hudson’s MGH care teams. 

Honorary Chair Jonathan Kraft thanked the crowd of more than 900 and asked all of the 2016 honorees to stand and be recognized for their “Everyday Amazing” contributions. Moving video presentations highlighted some of the honorees – including MGH oncology nurses, immunotherapy researchers, and 10-year-old Liam Fitzgerald, a leukemia patient known as the “Boston Bruins fist bump kid.”

Kraft wrapped up the night by introducing comedian Quincy Jones, another cancer warrior, who was emotional as he expressed how special he felt to have been part of such an amazing evening.

Nominations for the 10th annual the one hundred are now open at

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