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CancerCare Partnerships in Hope Awards Dinner
'With [my social worker's] support, I kept my eye on the prize: life after treatment.'

Roseanne Lurie with CancerCare social worker Chrissy Rubin, who provided counseling and practical help during and after her treatment.
CancerCare client Roseanne Lurie received a standing ovation after sharing her riveting account of cancer survivorship and the many challenges that her family faced during her care and treatment. Her keynote address was the emotional touchstone of an evening filled with inspirational stories of help and hope at CancerCare’s 27th annual Partnerships in Hope Awards Dinner, held on March 2 at the historic Puck Building in New York City.

Attendees viewed the 2008 Lilly Oncology on Canvas Art Exhibit, an international competition featuring painting and photography by people affected by cancer.
Nearly 300 guests joined us to recognize organizations and individuals who have profoundly affected the lives of people facing cancer. This year’s awards dinner honored distinguished leaders in health and patient care whose charitable contributions to CancerCare have supported our ability to deliver professional support services, including counseling, education and financial assistance, completely free of charge to people across the country.

CancerCare board member Susan Smirnoff with WebMD Health Foundation Executive Director Katherine Crow.
This year’s event highlighted CancerCare’s longtime partnership with three organizations that have provided an extraordinary level of support to underserved populations. Executive Director Katherine Crow accepted the Beacon Award for the WebMD Health Foundation and spoke of the Foundation’s 12-year collaboration with CancerCare to provide financial aid to people with cancer living in the San Diego area.

Carol Kurzig, President of The Avon Foundation for Women, received the Help & Hope Award on the foundation’s behalf for its support of CancerCare’s national financial assistance program for women with breast, ovarian and cervical cancers. To date, over 50,000 women have received aid from this special program.

Rainer Boehm, MD, Novartis Oncology with CancerCare CEO Helen H. Miller.
Principal honoree Novartis Oncology was recognized for its support of our special outreach programs, such as those for African-American and Latina women with breast cancer. Rainer Boehm, MD, Executive Vice President and North American Region Head of Novartis Oncology, accepted the Partnership Award on behalf of his company.

Carol Lin, broadcast journalist and entrepreneur, presided over the evening as Mistress of Ceremonies. Lin shared the story of her role as a caregiver during her husband’s cancer treatment. She also talked about the excellent care her mother received as a part of a clinical trial, after being diagnosed with a rare cancer.

CancerCare board president Paul M. Friedman with The Avon Foundation for Women President Carol M. Kurzig. Photographer Annabel Clark and The Creative Center Executive Director Robin Glazer with selections from their exhibit,
Visual Diaries, featuring the photography of young-adult survivors depicting their personal cancer stories. CancerCare social workers and staff collaborated with Clark and The Creative Center on the Visual Diaries workshop and exhibit.
CancerCare CEO Helen H. Miller with National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship's President & CEO Thomas P. Sellers.
To view more photos from the Awards Dinner,
please visit the online photo gallery.

In her remarks, special client honoree Lurie detailed the challenges her family faced while coping with her breast cancer diagnosis. When she contacted CancerCare, she immediately received support from oncology social worker Chrissy Rubin. Lurie received a grant to assist with chemotherapy co-payments and transportation costs. She closed by thanking CancerCare for showing her that she was not alone in her journey, and expressed gratitude to the organization and to the evening’s honorees:

'I am starting my life as a cancer survivor, and I am ready to pay it forward.'

CancerCare is grateful for the support of Partnership in Hope sponsors:




Abbott Laboratories
Allos Therapeutics, Inc.
Elsevier Oncology
Harrison and Star, LLC
ImClone Systems
Lilly USA, LLC.
Merck Oncology
Morphotek, Inc.
OSI Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Strativa Pharmaceuticals,
a division of PAR Pharmaceuticals

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