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Supporters Gathered in Brooklyn to Honor Big Wins in Cancer Care
The first-ever Perlmutter Cancer Center – Live From Brooklyn event was a huge success! More than 275 attendees came together to celebrate $4.6 million in recent contributions to the Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center—including nearly $1.7 million raised in support of the event.
Guests enjoyed live music and dancing, and celebrated the many significant achievements of the Perlmutter Cancer Center’s faculty and staff over the past year. Among those achievements: the construction of the soon-to-open, comprehensive Perlmutter Cancer Center site in Sunset Park, and the National Cancer Institute’s designation of Perlmutter Cancer Center as one of an elite group of 50 comprehensive cancer centers across the nation.
NYU Langone Trustees, Lori and Larry Fink and Laura and Isaac Perlmutter, generously co-chaired the event. Lori Fink also served as the evening’s emcee. Mrs. Fink addressed the crowd, remarking on her long tenure with the cancer center. “You could [always] feel what this place would become: a true force, the gold standard of excellence, and the kind of place you want on your side when you or someone you love is diagnosed with cancer… Today, we have become that force.”
Ali Fisher, whose husband’s life was saved by a stem-cell transplant provided at Perlmutter Cancer Center, told her story.
Perlmutter Cancer Center’s director, Benjamin G. Neel, MD, PhD, spoke about the institution’s deepening investment in and commitment to Brooklyn. For example, the new Perlmutter Cancer Center in Sunset Park will offer leading-edge treatment for a wide variety of cancers, bringing “Manhattan-quality care” to Brooklyn residents.” “Brooklynites deserve to get top-tier care without leaving the borough, and NYU Langone Health and Perlmutter Cancer Center are deeply committed to making that happen,” he said.
A live appeal led by Rachel Orkin-Ramey, regional managing director at Christie’s, raised supplementary onsite funds for cancer-related initiatives in Brooklyn, including Stamp Out Cancer – Brooklyn, a new initiative in education and prevention that aims to reduce the disproportionate burden of cancer on a variety of communities in the borough.