At The Breast Cancer Research Foundation (BCRF) Annual Symposium and Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, October 26, BCRF awarded $36.5 million in grants to 186 investigators from the best scientific institutions across the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, Australia and Asia. Approximately 1,200 guests attended the Waldorf=Astoria to raise nearly $2 million at the event. Since its inception in 1993, BCRF has raised more than $330 million for research towards prevention and a cure for breast cancer in our lifetime.
Joined by four panelists, Denise Grady, The New York Times Health and Science Reporter, moderated the morning Symposium, entitled Beyond the Headlines: Hype vs. Hope, discussing breast cancer research and management in the news. BCRF Scientific Director Larry Norton, MD (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center) opened the discussion, and Clifford Hudis, MD, Chairman of BCRF Scientific Advisory Committee (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center), led the Q&A session.
Immediately following, NBC’s Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchellopened the BCRF Awards Luncheon. The Jill Rose Award for outstanding research excellence honored Mina J. Bissell, PhD (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory), in recognition of her work on the relationship between cancer biology and the three-dimensional structure of cells and tissues. The Sandra Taub Humanitarian Award was presented to Richard Anderson, CEO of Delta Air Lines, by Kenneth Chenault,Chairman and CEO of American Express, for his leadership in raising awareness of breast cancer around the globe and supporting lifesaving research.
Among the 1,200 guests, in attendance were Hoda Kotb, Tory Burch, Aerin Lauder,Gigi Mortimer, Kay Krill, Jaime Gregory, Paula Zahn, Heather Leeds.