On November 14, 2017, the Second Annual Gala was held at the magnificent Frick Collection in New York City. It was well attended, and substantial funds from this amazing night will play a significant role in funding pediatric brain tumor research.
Ms. Lesley Stahl is a 60 Minutes broadcast journalist, former CBS News White House Correspondent, and Lifetime Achievement Emmy recipient. She hosted the evening, spoke about the importance of The Kamen Brain Tumor Foundation’s mission, and introduced the night’s guest speakers.
Dr. Mazen Kamen is President and Founder of The Kamen Brain Tumor Foundation and a cardiologist at The New York Presbyterian Hospital-Weill Cornell Medical Center. He gave a warm welcome and opening remarks regarding the foundation’s mission and accomplishments last year. Dr. Kamen emphasized that brain cancer is now the leading cause of cancer-related deaths among children and explained the critical role that The Kamen Brain Tumor Foundation plays in funding pediatric brain tumor research.
The Honorable Paul Volcker is Chairman of the Volcker Alliance Foundation, former Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve of the United States, and former President of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. He spoke about how brain cancer has affected the families and friends of some attendees at the event and called on the research community, with the support of funding from donors, to drive home a cure for this devastating disease.
Dr. Ira Dunkel is Chairman of the Pediatric Brain Tumor Consortium and a Pediatric Oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He spoke about how recent advances in the treatment of pediatric brain tumors are providing hope to those afflicted and in need of safer and more effective treatments options. Dr. Dunkel discussed that private funding from The Kamen Brain Tumor Foundation plays a critical role in further developing these treatments that are beginning to show great promise against pediatric brain tumors.
Everyone enjoyed a fabulous evening together in support of a great cause. We are already looking forward to next year’s gala!!!