THANC Foundation hosts Biennial Gala on April 26, 2018

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Celebrating 15 years of Research, Education, and Awareness

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Every day 328 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck and thyroid cancer. Our work is not done.

The Thyroid, Head and Neck Cancer (THANC) Foundation’s Kaleidoscope Ball will be held on Thursday, April 26, 2018 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Physicians, researchers, community leaders, and patients will gather at Cipriani - 42nd Street to recognize our outstanding achievements made in research and education of thyroid and head and neck cancer. Proceeds from the gala will benefit THANC’s mission of supporting research and education, advancing new therapies, and alleviating the suffering of patients who undergo treatment. Sponsorships and tickets are now available; for more information please call 917-387-7482 or visit

“Every day 328 Americans are diagnosed with head and neck and thyroid cancer. The THANC Foundation has made great progress over the past 15 years in improving the outcomes for patients diagnosed with these debilitating cancers, however, there is still so much to do to improve their quality of life,” says Dr. Mark Urken, Founder and Medical Advisor. “Our work is not done.”

The event will include performances by musical artist John Dokes, jazz pianist Jerry Vezza, clarinetist and saxophonist Dan Levinson, and bassist Tom Kirchmer. Actor, producer, and director Sam Waterston will emcee the event.

The evening’s honorees: Elliott Bernerd, Margie and Steve Black, The Conklin Family, The Dawson Family, Mitzi and Warren Eisenberg, Staci and Andrew Friedwald, Jack A. Garraty, Jr., The Haberman Family, Liz and David Hirsh, The Kuflik and Sobel Families (Brahman Capital), The Levy and Golden Families, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Sally and Steve Paridis, Wynn Plaut, and Linda Swalling.

The gala is chaired by Lesley Nan, Robert Haberman, Laura Urken, and Dr. Mark Urken.

About THANC Foundation
Founded in 2003 in New York, NY, THANC is the largest private funder of research in the United States for thyroid and head and neck cancer. We are committed to supporting research and education in the early detection and treatment of thyroid and head and neck cancer, to advancing new therapies, and to alleviating the suffering and functional impairment of patients who undergo treatment. To learn more, visit

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