Chicago Awards Dinner
SAVE THE DATE - April 3, 2017 - UPDATED!
Beloved Chicago Cubs players and blood cancer survivors, Anthony Rizzo and Jon Lester, helped kick off the 15th Anniversary of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) Chicago Awards Dinner on Monday, May 16 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. Emmy Award-Winning CBS 2 reporter and multiple myeloma patient, Derrick Blakley, introduced the evening’s Keynote Speaker, boxing legend, Sugar Ray Leonard, whose father is currently living with multiple myeloma. Actress, Director, Producer, Writer and MMRF Honorary Board Member, Bonnie Hunt, served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies.
The MMRF honored the Andrea and Michael Rosengarden Family with the 2016 Spirit of Hope Award for their commitment to the MMRF and advocacy on behalf of all cancer patients. Andrea is a multiple myeloma patient and the family credits Andrea’s current remission to the MMRF’s leadership in speeding new drugs to market.
The event included cocktails, dinner, a live auction and keynote address. Over 500 supporters including patients, healthcare leaders and business executives attended this year’s event, which raised over $950,000, to fund groundbreaking research in multiple myeloma.
The MMRF is thankful for the longstanding partnership with leading pharmaceutical companies including Presenting Sponsor, Takeda Oncology and Leadership Circle Sponsor, Janssen Oncology.
The MMRF is an organization founded by a patient, Kathy Giusti, to help patients. The MMRF has a tremendous sense of urgency to speed multiple myeloma research, drive new insights and advance the precision medicine model to find new treatments. The MMRF’s Precision Medicine Model is the only end-to-end system in cancer research today and is leading the way in developing the next generation of treatments and ultimately finding a cure.