About Gabrielle

Gabrielle Rich Aouad grew up in Switzerland where she graduated from Aiglon School. She graduated with honors from Oxford University in England, earning her B.A. in philosophy and modern languages. Fluent in five languages, Gabrielle was a champion skier, an expert in horseback riding and a skilled rock mountain climber.

In the summer of 1991, she moved to New York and joined the NYU intensive film program where she met her future husband, Philip Aouad. At the tender age of 23, she was diagnosed with advanced stage Hodgkin’s disease. Her strength and feistiness never failed through months of painful treatment.

Our Inspiration

Over two decades of funding

Helping to improve the efficacy of cancer treatments, reduce their toxicity and improve the quality of life of patients.

The Foundation funds innovative clinical or basic science research that will lead to novel therapeutic approaches that could replace, or be used in combination with existing effective therapies for patients with leukemia and lymphoma. Such therapeutic approaches could include alternative or complementary medicine.

More about what we do

Who We Fund

Gabrielle's Angel Foundation has awarded more than $37 million in research grants to the best and brightest scientists in America.

Our most recent grantees include: Dr. Andrew Inltekofer, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; Dr. Shannon Elf, University of Chicago; Dr. Nathan Singh, Washington University St. Louis; Dr. Yibin Yang, Fox Chase Cancer Center; Dr. Brian Dalton, Johns Hopkins University; Dr. Jamie Berta Spangler, Johns Hopkins University.
Dr. Andrew Inltekofer
Dr. Andrew Inltekofer

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 2021

Dr. Shannon Elf
Dr. Shannon Elf

University of Chicago, 2021

Dr. Nathan Singh
Dr. Nathan Singh

Washington University St. Louis, 2021

Dr. Yibin Yang
Dr. Yibin Yang

Fox Chase Cancer Center, 2021

Dr. Brian Dalton
Dr. Brian Dalton

Johns Hopkins University, 2021

Dr. Jamie Berta Spangler
Dr. Jamie Berta Spangler

Johns Hopkins University, 2021

Medical Advisory Board

Eduardo D. Bruera, MD
Eduardo D. Bruera, MD

The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

Michael A. Caligiuri, MD
Michael A. Caligiuri, MD

City of Hope National Medical Center

Curt I. Civin, MD
Curt I. Civin, MD

University of Maryland School of Medicine

John F. DiPersio, MD, PhD
John F. DiPersio, MD, PhD

Washington University School of Medicine

Jerome E. Groopman, MD
Jerome E. Groopman, MD

Harvard Institute of Medicine

Carl H. June, MD
Carl H. June, MD

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Stephen D. Nimer, MD – Chairman
Stephen D. Nimer, MD – Chairman

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Rainer Storb, MD
Rainer Storb, MD

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Cheryl L. Willman, MD
Cheryl L. Willman, MD

University of New Mexico Cancer Research & Treatment Center

Jeffrey D. White, MD
Jeffrey D. White, MD

Bethesda, Maryland

*Janet D. Rowley, M.D., D.Sc.
*Barrie R. Cassileth, Ph.D.

Events & News

Aspen Snow Ball Kickoff Cocktail

Thank you Thomas E. Pierce II for hosting such a beautiful evening in Aspen for the Snow Ball Kickoff on January 28th! We are so grateful for your commitment to our mission and the fight against cancer. Thank you to Presenting Sponsor Chopard and to LALO Tequila, Tito's Handmade Vodka, and Ripe Life Wines for your beverage donations. Thank you to Chopard, Zegna,  Rolls-Royce Motor Cars,  Versace, Tiffany & Co., The Weber Boxer Group, and Bala for your silent auction donations. Because of Thomas and all of the wonderful attendees, over $60,000 was raised for our mission! We can't wait for the inaugural Aspen Snow Ball event next year, and we are so grateful to be the chosen beneficiary.

Announcing our Newest Class of Grantees

Clockwise from top left: Andrew Intlekofer, MSKCC; Shannon Elf*, University of Chicago, Nathan Singh, Washington University St. Louis; Yibin Yang*, Fox Chase Cancer Center; Brian Dalton, Johns Hopkins University; Jamie Berta Spangler; Johns Hopkins University *Mark Foundation for Cancer Research Fellows – these grants will be fully funded by the Mark Foundation The Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board has recently selected six of the nation’s top junior investigators to receive our three-year, $225,000 Medical Research Award. We are so proud to support these innovative projects and look forward to sharing updates about them throughout the year!

The Angel Ball Summer Gala 2021

The Angel Ball Summer Gala 2021 was an incredible success and raised over $2.3M for our mission! Thank you to our honorees, host, and performers for keeping our guests dancing all night long.

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In June, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation’s Medical Advisory Board selected 16 talented early career scientists to receive funding for a total of $1.8M in grants! Awards ranged from $25,000 – $225,000. We are delighted to welcome these brilliant investigators to our Gabrielle’s Angels family! Stay tuned for spotlights on each grantee and their work throughout the rest of the year.

** Special thanks to The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research for their generous funding of Dr. Christopher Ott’s grant!

As always, you can check out the incredible research breakthroughs from our current and past grantees on our website.

Top row L to R: Dr. Miriam Kim, Washington University in St. Louis; Dr. Avery Posey; University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Santhosshi Narayanan, MD Anderson Cancer Center; Dr. Luisa Cimmino, University of Miami
2nd row L to R: Dr. Brent Ferrell, Vanderbilt University Medical Center; Dr. Phuong Vo; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Dr. Matthew Christopher, Washington University St. Louis; Dr. Jaebok Choi, Washington University St. Louis
3rd row L to R: Dr. Christopher Ott, Massachusetts General Hospital**; Dr. Xiaolei Su, Yale School of Medicine; Dr. David Kurtz, Stanford University; Dr. Paul Castillo, University of Florida
4th row: Dr. Min Jung Kim, University of Maryland, Baltimore; Dr. Gabriel Birrane; Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Not pictured: Dr. Lei Tan; City of Hope
Amazing @burberry shopping event and F/W preview yesterday in Bridgehampton hosted by @jannabullock and @lisettesantanabartlett where proceeds go to support Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation and our efforts to #CureCancerNow❗️ THANK YOU to everyone who attended 💜
ANGEL BALL performers are going to be announced soon and we CANNOT WAIT to share them with you! Be sure to get your tickets while you still can…last year we sold out so don’t wait to get your tickets and tables - we don’t want you to miss out on a chance to dance the night away on October 24th❗️💃🏻✨💜 
Link to tickets in bio! #CURECANCERNOW
It's #NationalNonprofitDay so we take this opportunity to remember the reason we are here - Gabrielle Rich Aouad.
It was Gabrielle's wish and vision to fund research for better treatments, preventions and to ultimately find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. We are reminded every day to never lose hope...#curecancernow
We are SO lucky and SO grateful to have such amazing donors who support our mission! Thank you to @dennisbassonyc for donating two tickets to your NYC Fashion show! Bid now for this incredible experience which also supports cancer research! Link in stories and here to check it out: https://www.charitybuzz.com/catalog_items/auction-2-tickets-to-dennis-basso-fashion-show-on-2426577
Acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, is the most common acute blood cancer in adults — and one of the most difficult to treat. Scientists at Oregon Health & Science University have discovered a potential new target for stopping it: a gene that, when active, predicts worse chances of survival. We are proud to have funded your work Dr. Tyner! Read the full article here and in our stories: 

https://news.ohsu.edu/2022/08/09/a-better-roadmap-for-beating-a-deadly-leukemia
Fiscal responsibility

By the Numbers

We take the commitment of our donors seriously. By showing fiscal responsibility in program, administrative and fundraising costs, 88 cents of every dollar we raise directly funds the future leaders of cancer research.