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.
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.
Medical Advisory Board
*Barrie R. Cassileth, Ph.D.
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
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 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.
The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research has partnered with the Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research to fully support two of its Medical Research Awardees. The awardees, Dr. Shannon Elf from the University of Chicago, and Dr. Yibin Yang from Fox Chase Cancer Center were announced at the Angel Foundation’s 25th Angel Ball on August 20th. Each researcher will receive $225,000 over a three-year period to support their blood cancer research. "We are so grateful to the Mark Foundation for fully supporting these two Medical Research Awards this year,” says Denise Rich, Founder of Gabrielle’s Angel Foundation for Cancer Research. “After a tough fundraising year in 2020, their support has allowed us to uphold our commitment to funding the best and brightest early career scientists focusing on blood cancer research. We are so thrilled to work together towards our common goal of curing cancer!"