The Symposium & Awards Luncheon, held at The Waldorf Astoria in New York yesterday (October 9, 2014), showcased the Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) as a leading resource for worldwide breast cancer research and fundraising.
BCRF’s supporters, loyal donors and researchers came together at the event to shed light on the critical financial investment that BCRF makes in the research arena.
The event was co-chaired by Dee Ocleppo Hilfiger, Roberta M. Amon, Muffie Potter Aston, Anne H. Bass, Clarissa Alcock Bronfman, Marjorie Reed Gordon, Betsey S. Green, Ronnie F. Heyman, Gail Hilson, Aerin Lauder, Wendi Rose, Arlene Taub, and Simone Winston. Leonard A. Lauder and Kinga Lambert, the board co-chairmen, also attended the event.
Honoree Peter Greenwald, MD, Dr.PH, who was awarded the Jill Rose Award for outstanding research excellence, in recognition of his leadership role in cancer prevention research and policy.
During the luncheon, BCRF also announced millions of dollars directed at grants that fund more than 200 investigators whose research projects are aimed at prevention and a cure for breast cancer.
Special guests included ABC’s Amy Robach, who came with her husband actor Andrew Shue, and Barbara Walters, who was honored with the Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award in recognition of her many humanitarian accomplishments and commitment to women’s health.
Barbara Walters spoke publicly for the first time about her battle with cancer, saying she found a lump in her breast and underwent a lumpectomy procedure which was successful. Amy Robach also discovered she had cancer after an on-air mammogram and, after losing her sister to ovarian cancer, she had her ovaries removed for preventative reasons.
For more information on the BCRF, visit www.bcrfcure.org/