New York, NY (PRWEB) May 16, 2013
On May 16, Voices Against Brain Cancer, an organization dedicated to brain cancer research and advocacy, will host its 8th Annual “Sounding Off For A Cure” benefit concert on Thursday, June 6, 2013 at The Hammerstein in New York City at 6:00 PM.
The concert is dedicated to moving the world one step closer to finding a cure for brain cancer and brain tumors, with an evening filled with great music, special celebrity guests, terrific food and drinks sponsored by local New York City restaurants, silent and live auctions and more. Members of the local medical community as well as brain cancer survivors and their caregivers will be honored at the charitable gala.
Juliet Papa, the award-winning reporter for 1010 WINS Radio, will serve as Mistress of Ceremonies for the event, which will feature live performances by The Wailers with Ky-Mani Marley – whose father, Bob Marley, lost his life to a brain tumor metastasized from melanoma.
Each year, “Sounding Off For A Cure” is organized to further the mission to find a cure for brain cancer and brain tumors by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers afflicted with this devastating disease.
This year’s honorees have been chosen for their continued efforts to help spread brain cancer and brain tumor awareness. The recipient of the 2013 Gary Lichtenstein Humanitarian Award is Dr. John Boockvar of Weill Cornell Medical College/New York Presbyterian Hospital, who is largely involved in the development of new advances in brain tumor and brain cancer research. American icon Tony Danza will receive the 2013 Ambassador Award.
Additional award recipients include:
● Courage Award: Philomena Cummins, Jodi Kaye, John Lawler, Greg Polanski, Jacqueline Roy, Edward Rudge, Israel Sanchez
● Caregiver Award: Amy Savoury
● Compassionate Care Award: Ashley Ray, MS, FNP
● Youth Ambassadors: Darren Gerstenblatt, Avi Wisnia
Voices Against Brain Cancer was founded in loving memory of Gary Lichtenstein, who lost his valiant battle with brain cancer on October 1, 2003. Since then, the organization has garnered support from other brain cancer patients, brain cancer survivors, their families, caregivers, prestigious doctors and celebrities.
VABC has a wide variety of initiatives in place for brain cancer and brain tumor research, awareness and support. The organization’s research grants fund cutting-edge research programs that will have a monumental impact on the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer. VABC currently funds research at several esteemed institutions such as Brookhaven National Laboratory, Cleveland Clinic, Columbia, Cornell, Duke, Harvard, John Hopkins, Memorial Sloan-Kettering and Yale, to name a few.
VABC's mission is to find a cure for brain cancer by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers afflicted with this devastating disease.