Breast Cancer Research Foundation Sets New Fundraising Record

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L-R: Herbert J. Siegel and Jeanne Sorensen Siegel ,President and CEO of BCRF Myra Biblowit, BCRF Board Co-Chairman Leonard A. Lauder, and Kinga Lampert
L-R: Herbert J. Siegel and Jeanne Sorensen Siegel ,President and CEO of BCRF Myra Biblowit, BCRF Board Co-Chairman Leonard A. Lauder, Kinga Lampert, and Hoda Kotb

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With October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, there are many ways foundations and charities are raising awareness and money for research. On October 19th, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation set a new record for themselves raising almost $2.5 million dollars.

The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) held its annual symposium and awards luncheon at the New York Hilton Midtown. The event honored BCRF-funded investigators who are dedicated to ending breast cancer through research. The luncheon also served as the formal announcement of $59.5 million in research grants that were awarded to more than 275 scientists.

The event was hosted by TODAY Show co-host and breast cancer survivor Hoda Kotb. This year’s luncheon honored Jeanne Sorensen Siegel and Herbert J. Siegel with the Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award, presented by Jessica Bibliowicz. The Jill Rose Award was given to Nancy E. Davidson, MD for her research on epigenetics and resistance to hormone therapies in breast cancer, presented by Myra Bibliowit, President & CEO of BCRF, and BCRF Researcher, Gabriel Hortobagyi, MD.

Nina Garcia
Nina Garcia

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The day started with a symposium discussion, “Conquering Cancer: Breast Cancer and Beyond,” which was moderated by Judy E. Garber, MD, MPH, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Chair of the BCRF Scientific Advisory Board. Panelists included Nancy E. Davidson, MD; Jedd Wolchok, MD, PHD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center; and, Antonio Wolff, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

The symposium honorary co-chairs include Kinga Lampert, Leonard A. Lauder, William P. Lauder and Rita Wilson. The event co-chairs include Roberta M. Amon, Anne H. Bass, Clarissa Alcock Bronfman, Amy Goldman Fowler, Marjorie Reed Gordon, Betsy S. Green, Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, Gail Hilson, Aerin Lauder, Marigay McKee, Wendi Rose, Arlene Taub and Simone Winston.

Various guests were in attendance including Rachel Bay Jones, Francesca Curran, Nina Garcia, Bruce and Leslie Gifford, Kimiko Glenn, Sandra Lee, Nastia Liukin, Joan Lunden, Gary Muto, Emma Myles, Orfeh, Lela Rose and Nina Runsdorf.

L-R: Valerie Greenberg, Orfeh, Rachel Bay Jones, Nastia Liukin, Emma Myles, Kimiko Glenn, and Francesca Curran
L-R: Valerie Greenberg, Orfeh, Rachel Bay Jones, Nastia Liukin, Emma Myles, Kimiko Glenn, and Francesca Curran

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