Star-studded ‘Philly Fights Cancer’ event helps Abramson Cancer Center
Philly Fights Cancer Round 3 fundraising event raised more than $2 million dollars to benefit the Abramson Cancer Center at Penn Medicine.
The event took place at The Navy Yard in Philadelphia Saturday October 28 with special guest Whoopi Goldberg in attendance and entertainment performances by singer John Legend, Caly Bevier and legendary group Earth Wind & Fire.
In addition to the special guest and entertainment, more than 1,500 VIP guests and philanthropists were also in attendance.
The main purpose to the event was to raise money and awareness to supporting the clinical trials and translational research at the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center.
Philly Fights Cancer was founded in 2015 and acts as the Abramson Cancer Center’s main fundraising channel.
“Our goal is to increase awareness about the Abramson Cancer Center and the world class research and clinical trials that are being conducted there and individualized patient care towards clinical trials and research geared towards melanoma,” said Nancy Abramson-Wolfson, co-chair of Philly Fights Cancer.
Dr. Lynn M. Schuchter and the Tara Miller Melanoma Foundation were Honorees of the night for being a big part of why the foundation is where it is today.
Singer and former America’s Got Talent contestant Caly Bevier gave an inspirational speech before performing during Saturday’s event. She is currently a cancer survivor that overcame dysgerminoma, a form of Ovarian Cancer.
Melissa Dietz co-chair of Philly Fights Cancer and Vice President of Neiman Marcus began getting involved when cancer affected her personally two and a half years ago. Her late husband passed away from multiple melanoma.
“I knew that could not go in vein. So Nancy and I made a conservative effort that we were going to be responsible and take the bull by the horn and go after clinical research,” said Dietz
To learn more about Philly Fights Cancer visit www.PhillyFightsCancer.org .