MMRF PRESS RELEASES
General Schwarzkopf and Actress Bonnie Hunt Help Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Raise More Than $950,000
New Canaan, Conn. — April 22, 2005
Last night the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation held its fourth Chicago Awards Dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. The event raised more than $950,000 for myeloma research.
"Chicago truly is our second home," said MMRF President Kathy Giusti. "Due to the generosity and support of this community, we are moving faster to a cure than ever before."
The evening featured keynote speaker General Norman Schwarzkopf, longtime friend of the MMRF and recipient of the 1999 MMRF Leadership Award for his role in raising the visibility and awareness of cancer. Diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1994, he has been an important spokesperson for cancer awareness and research, and an inspirational voice for thousands of cancer patients and advocates.
Paraphrasing a quote by President Theodore Roosevelt, Schwarzkopf remarked, "The credit belongs to the woman who is actually in the arena…who spends herself in a worthy cause; who at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if she fails, at least fails while daring greatly." He concluded that, "We all need to join Kathy Giusti in the arena."
The MMRF also welcomed back Chicago-born Bonnie Hunt, actor, director and producer of hit comedy shows like "Life With Bonnie," and recently seen in the hit movie "Cheaper by the Dozen," as mistress of ceremonies. While her witty humor was present throughout the evening, Bonnie realized the seriousness of bringing attention to multiple myeloma and other cancers. Bonnie also shared her life experience at Northwestern University Hospital, where she served as an oncology nurse while pursuing her acting and comedic career.
Hunt and Schwarzkopf joined Corporate Co-chairmen, Philip Purcell, Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley, and his son, David Purcell, Founder and Managing Partner of Continental Advisors LLC for the event. This line-up was supported by an extensive list of Dinner Chairs, including: William Aldinger III, HSBC-North America; Thomas Bernardin, Leo Burnett Worldwide; Robert DeBaun, RoundTable Healthcare Partners; Alexander Dimitrief, Kirkland & Ellis; Charles Douglas, Sidley Austin Brown & Wood; Brian Feltzin, Sheffield Asset Management, LLC; Joseph Hogan, GE Healthcare Technologies; John Jordan II, Jordan Industries, Inc.; Lester Knight, RoundTable Healthcare Partners; McCormick Tribune Foundation; Andrew McKenna, Schwarz; Lee Miller, DLA Piper Rudnick Gray Cary US LLP; William Osborn, Northern Trust Corporation; Robert Parkinson Jr., Baxter International, Inc.; J. Christopher Reyes, Reyes Holdings, LLC; Ronald Robison, Van Kampen Funds; Patrick Ryan, Aon Corporation; Michael Sacks, Grosvenor Capital Management, LP; Perry Snyderman, Shell Vacations LLC; and Miles White, Abbott Laboratories.
The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) was established in 1998 as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization by twin sisters Karen Andrews and Kathy Giusti, a newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patient, with the unique mission of accelerating the search for a cure for multiple myeloma. Today, the MMRF is the world's number one funder of myeloma research, a pioneer in building interdisciplinary scientific collaborations, a leader in professional and patient education, and a powerful advocate for patients living with the disease. To learn more about the MMRF, visit www.themmrf.org.
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