Every year in April, we host our annual Spring Celebration—an elegant evening of dinner, dancing and fun with many of our close friends in the cancer community. We also take this night to honor and celebrate the strides made to help us achieve our mission, “to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.” This year we are honoring four special people who have inspired us and who have made significant contributions to the community. Learn more about the 2015 Founders Award Honorees:
1. The Founders Award for Leadership: Dr. Larry Gluck & the Greenville Health System Cancer Institute. Dr. Larry Gluck has been the Medical Director for the Greenville Health System’s Aphresis Program since 1992 and the Medical Director for the Greenville Health System’s Cancer Institute since 2002. In 2012, Greenville Health System’s Cancer Institute established the Center for Integrative Oncology and Survivorship, which included the first-in-the-nation partnership with the Cancer Support Community to offer social and emotional support in the hospital setting, paving the way for a major leap forward in total cancer care. Dr. Gluck’s continued and ongoing efforts in research, vision, leadership and patient care has positively impacted the lives of countless patients and their families.
2. The Founders Award for Innovation: Lilly Oncology. Lilly Oncology is a global health care leader that unites caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. Across the globe, Lilly Oncology employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. CSC honors Lilly Oncology with the Founders Award for Innovation.
3. The Founders Award for Empowerment: Barak Goodman and Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. If you haven’t heard yet about the new documentary that’s sweeping the nation, visit the PBS website to catch all three parts of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies. This documentary series illustrates cancer like never before, with history lessons, medical advancements and personal stories of triumph and loss all rolled into one inspiring documentary. For this reason, Barak Goodman is presented with the Founders Award for Empowerment. We interviewed Barak as well as Ken Burns in a special episode of the Frankly Speaking About Cancer radio show. Check it out here.
4. The Founders Award for Spirit: Daniel Jacobs. Few things are more devastating to an athlete than to be told that they have cancer, but Daniel Jacobs refused to give up after his 2011 bone cancer diagnosis. Daniel Jacobs, the “Miracle Man” boxer became the first cancer survivor to win the WBA Middleweight Title in 2014, just three years after his initial diagnosis. For such strength of self, CSC awards Daniel the Founders Award for Spirit. Click here to listen to this week’s special encore radio show to learn more about Daniel’s inspiring story.
Don’t forget to follow the hashtag #CSCGala15 on Twitter to see pics and snippets of the night’s activities and to spot one of the amazing people listed here. And to keep up with more CSC events and to make sure you don’t miss out on the next celebration, stay aware of CSC’s calendar of events, and subscribe to our email list here. We hope to see you soon!