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

Awarded $35 Million Dollars in Research Grants
Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, PhD
Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD, PhD

Columbia University Medical Center,

Sarah Tasian, MD
Sarah Tasian, MD

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia,

Alex Kentsis, MD, PhD
Alex Kentsis, MD, PhD

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center,

Birgit Knoechel, MD, PhD
Birgit Knoechel, MD, PhD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute,

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.
Fiscal responsibility

By the Numbers

We take the commitment of our donors seriously. By showing fiscal responsibility in program, administrative and fundraising costs, 92 cents of every dollar we raise directly funds the future leaders of cancer research.

Events & News

Announcing the Angel Anniversary Fund

2021 marks 25 years since Gabrielle Rich Aouad passed away from leukemia. In honor of this anniversary, we were inspired to take a look back at the many scientific breakthroughs and notable milestones that have defined the past two and a half decades of our Foundation’s history. Thanks to our generous donors, world class Medical Advisory Board, and talented grantees, Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation has been able to give hope for a cure to cancer patients everywhere. Join us as we launch our Angel Anniversary Fund to commemorate 25 years of lifesaving progress and consider a donation in a denomination of $25!

Virtual Disco Party Sizzle Reel

Thank you to all of the Angels who made our first ever Virtual Disco Party such a success! Please enjoy this sizzle reel sharing all of the highlights of the event. What a great night for a great cause!

May 22, 2020

Medical Advisory Board Selects New Scientists for Funding

We are proud to introduce five new early career scientists who were recently selected for funding by our Medical Advisory Board!