Cancer Group Will Honor David Eisenberg at Annual ASPS Gala

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The Alliance Against Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma, ASPS, will honor Needham investment manager and biking enthusiast David Eisenberg at their annual gala. Eisenberg is being recognized for helping raise awareness and $75,000 in contributions for ASPS research through the annual Pan Mass Challenge cycling event. Mercer Global Investments, MGI, is sponsoring a table at the event.

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David Eisenberg, a Needham investment manager and biking enthusiast, will be honored at the annual gala dinner of the Alliance Against Alveolar Soft Part Sarcoma, ASPS, in New York on Friday, Nov. 11. The event will take place at the Copacabana, 560 West 34th Street, New York, NY.

In 2003, Ynbal Landesman, a ninth-grade Boston classmate of one of David’s children was diagnosed with this rare cancer that afflicts nearly 100 people annually. First characterized in 1952, most ASPS cases occur in patients before the age of 30, very often as teenagers. ASPS is a soft tissue tumor that may exist for a long time before being diagnosed. While the cancer begins in soft muscle tissue, the most common organs attacked by ASPS tumors are the lungs and brain.

David, together with sons Benji, 16, Adam, 18, and Ynbal’s sister, Hila, 18, decided to help by riding in the Pan-Massachusetts Challenges (PMC) to raise awareness and funds to find a cure for ASPS. In the past two years, their PMC team has collected over $75,000 while logging more than 6,000 cycling miles in preparation for the annual 189-mile ride.

“The PMC has been our commitment to contribute to Ynbal’s treatment and help find a cure for ASPS,” David said. “The honor recognizes all the members of our team and the many members of the community who have contributed to our effort.”

In addition to Benji, a junior at Needham High, and Adam, a Brandeis freshmen, David’s PMC team members included Ynbal’s sister, Hila Landesman, a graduate of Brookline High who is now studying in Israel, and other local parents and children ranging in age from 16 to over 50. David’s youngest son, Josh, 10, participated this year by riding in the kids PMC.

Mercer Global Investments, MGI, is sponsoring a table at the dinner. Individuals interested in attending or learning more about ASPS or the annual PMC ride are encouraged to contact David by email.

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