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Gilda's Club New York City
16th Anniversary Benefit Gala


 


Celebrating 16 Years of Cancer Support at
Gilda’s Club NYC


Photos by:  Rob Rich robwayne1@aol.com

 

David Schenkein, Lynn Fantom and James Allison

David Schenkein, Lynn Fantom and James Allison

Gilda's Club Staff

Gilda's Club Staff

 

NEW YORK – Gilda's Club New York City (GCNYC) honored
 Dr. David Schenkein, Dr. James Allison, and ID Media on
Thursday, November 17, 2011 at their 16th Anniversary Benefit Gala. 
This exciting affair was held at the renowned Pierre Hotel.
The evening began with a cocktail hour and silent auction,
followed by a formal dinner, award ceremony and live auction.  Donations made will enable GCNYC to raise awareness and
help fulfill its mission to provide social and emotional support for everyone living with cancer in New York City, including
their families and friends – FREE of charge.

GCNYC was proud to honor two visionaries at this year’s event,
whose work has helped individuals diagnosed with cancer,
David Schenkein, MD, Chief Executive Officer,
Agios Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
and James Allison, PhD, Chairman, Immunology Program,
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

The efforts of these individuals have helped shape the course of medicine for thousands of patients living with cancer and
 their families. Dr. Schenkein joined Agios in 2009 as the CEO
and has been a hematologist and medical oncologist for
more than 20 years. He has published more than 75
peer-reviewed articles.  Under his leadership as the
former head of oncology drug development at Millennium and Genentech, multiple novel and important oncology medicines
have come to market.  Agios is passionately committed to the fundamental transformation of cancer patients’ lives
through scientific leadership in the field of cancer metabolism. 

Dr. Allison is a leader in the field of immunology, particularly in developing ways to help the immune system recognize
and destroy cancer cells. His research is focused on
the mechanisms that regulate the immunological response of T lymphocytes.  He found a molecule, CTLA-4 that plays a
critical role in turning off T cells.  He went on to show
that antibodies to CTLA-4 could induce rejection of tumors
in preclinical animal models.   Allison was involved in the generation of antibodies to human CTLA-4 which have been extensively
tested in clinical trials in a variety of human cancers. 
It was recently shown to significantly increase survival in late stage melanoma patients, with about 25% surviving 4+ years. 
This antibody, Ipilimumab, was the first drug ever to show survival
benefit in late stage melanoma.  It was recently approved
by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment
 of melanoma. 

In addition, a special presentation of “The Bill Modell Heart of Gold Award” will be made to ID Media for their outstanding
volunteer efforts within our community.

GCNYC is proud to have ABC’s Diana Williams host the
 event for her seventh year in a row. “We are honored
to have Diana’s continued support as part of this important event, and to help us share our story,” said Lily Safani, CEO of GCNYC. A new addition to the evening is our auctioneer, C. Hugh Hildesley,
from Sotheby’s.

 

About Gilda’s Club New York City:

Gilda’s Club New York City creates welcoming communities of free support for everyone living with cancer - men, women, teens and children - along with their families and friends.
Our innovative program is an essential complement to
medical care, providing networking and support groups,
workshops, lectures and social activities, all free of charge.
 
We provide our program in beautiful, non-residential
homelike settings: our clubhouse is a four-story brownstone
on West Houston Street in Manhattan, and we have seven
sites in Brooklyn and the Bronx as part of our community satellite program. Visit www.gildasclubnyc.org for more information.

 

 
Joyce Brooks

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