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15 November 2016
On Tuesday, November 15, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation celebrated 20 years of transformations in cancer treatment and care with its Seventh Annual Medical Symposium & Luncheon.
Sponsored for the second year in a row by Foundation Medicine, grantees from all over the country convened at Midtown Manhattan’s 54 Below to hear about the latest scientific advances being made by the nation’s top physician-scientists working in the hematologic malignancies.
Medical Advisory Board Chairman and world-renowned leukemia expert, Stephen Nimer, MD led both the morning and afternoon sessions and proudly introduced his friend and colleague of nearly 40 years, Medical Advisory Board member Dr. John F. DiPersio (pictured above) who gave an the afternoon’s keynote address. Dr. DiPersio traveled to New York from St. Louis, Missouri where he helms Washington University’s Siteman Cancer Center. Follow this link to view our program with the full list of presenters and click here for our photo album.
Co-Founder and President, Denise Rich, spoke from the heart about the 20th anniversary of the Foundation’s creation, which was her daughter, Gabrielle’s last wish. Denise thanked the doctors for their hard work and dedication and for “bringing Gabrielle’s dream to life.” Angel Ambassador and CML survivor, Erin Zammett Ruddy, updated the group on her recent participation in a Gleevec discontinuation trial at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Once again, as in years past, connections were made, scientific collaborations were formed, and the day proved an inspiration to all.