The Children's Cancer & Blood Foundation (CCBF) Hosts Their Annual "Breakthrough Ball" Benefit

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Proceeds benefit New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

“CCBF gives children with cancer and blood diseases a fighting chance, regardless of their ability to pay. The Breakthrough Ball funds ground-breaking research, develops innovative care and brings us closer every year to finding a cure.” – Les Lieberman, CCBF Co-Chairman.

WHEN: Monday, November 27, 2017

WHERE: The Plaza Hotel, New York City

HONOREE: Ronald J. Iervolino, Co-Chairman, Greenbacker Group LLC and Co-Chairman, Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation. Mr. Iervolino is being recognized for his philanthropic work to raise funds and awareness for children’s cancer & blood diseases, his steadfast leadership of CCBF, and his advocacy for parents of children with cancer and blood disorders.

MASTER OF CEREMONIES: Willie Geist, Host of NBC's "Sunday Today" and Co-host of MSNBC's "Morning Joe"

ENTERTAINMENT: Broadway stars Elizabeth Ward Land, Curvy Widow, Alex Newell, Once On This Island, Chilina Kennedy and Paul Anthony Stewart, Beautiful, Libby Cervais and Mariand Torres, Wicked

BENEFIT CO-CHAIRS: Trish Iervolino, Barri Lieberman, Tara Lipton, M. Reza Raein, Vincent Tese, Tristana Waltz, Carolyn Wiener

ABOUT THE BREAKTHROUGH BALL:
The Breakthrough Ball is CCBF’s annual and signature fundraising event -- bringing together over 500 influential guests, health professionals, and patients -- aimed at raising more than $1 million to support CCBF’s Research.Care.Cure. mission in the fight against pediatric cancer and blood disorders, and advance the life-saving work of its team of professionals at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center’s Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology.

“CCBF gives children with cancer and blood diseases a fighting chance, regardless of their ability to pay. The Breakthrough Ball funds ground-breaking research, develops innovative care and brings us closer every year to finding a cure.” – Les Lieberman, CCBF Co-Chairman.

Past honorees include Katie Couric, Vincent Tese, Margo and John Catsimatidis, Ted Turner, Swizz Beatz and Daryl Hall.

The event features a live and silent auction.

ABOUT CCBF:
The Children's Cancer & Blood Foundation (CCBF), through its support of the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, has created a standard of excellence in the treatment of children with chronic, life-threatening blood disorders since 1952. CCBF is the oldest and largest charitable organization in the U.S. dedicated to the care of children with cancer and blood disorders. Over the years, CCBF has helped the Division grow into one of the most comprehensive programs of its kind.

To date, funds raised from this event have enabled CCBF to deliver state-of-the-art care to over 1,000 patients and continue to conduct groundbreaking research including:

  •     A miraculous discovery by Dr. David Lyden, who found that a simple blood test could determine if a child has cancer and if so, how it could metastasize. Based on this finding, Dr. Lyden is developing drug therapies that would potentially block the cancer from spreading.
  •     Dr. James Bussel’s development of an oral medication to replace the painful and invasive treatment that children with immune thrombocytopenia are accustomed to receiving.
  •     The innovative Child Life Program created by Courtney Czepiga, MS, CCLS, to help patients cope with the stresses of treatment, expel energy, and manage their pain. 
  •     The Fertility Preservation Program, created by Dr. Jennifer Levine, to help patients proactively address fertility issues and take the necessary steps—at the time of their diagnosis and treatment—to help protect future fertility.

For more information about CCBF, please visit childrenscbf.org.

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