The Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF) will host the 18th Annual NYC Gala at the Cipriani Broadway. The gala will welcome award-winning journalist, producer, New York Times best-selling author, podcast host, documentary filmmaker, co-founder of Stand Up to Cancer (SU2C) and longtime cancer prevention advocate, Katie Couric. As part of an unforgettable evening to celebrate and support patients, survivors and caregivers in the melanoma community, Katie will share her personal experiences with cancer and will discuss her latest collaboration with Merck’s “With Love, Me” campaign.
In partnership with more than a dozen patient advocacy groups, “With Love, Me” showcases a series of heartfelt letters written by caregivers and cancer survivors to their former selves reflecting upon what they wish they had known – or needed to hear – when they were first coping with a cancer diagnosis. Katie will also be joined by one of the campaign’s patient advocates and an active member of the MRF community, melanoma survivor Patrick Guddal.
“We are honored to welcome Katie Couric for this incredible event,” said Kyleigh LiPira, MRF CEO. “As a longtime advocate and someone with such a personal connection to the cancer community, Katie’s compassion and tireless support has touched countless lives and brought much needed awareness while giving families across the world a new reason for hope.”
At the 2019 NYC Gala, the MRF will present a Humanitarian Award to Jeffrey Weber, MD, PhD in recognition of the dedication he has shown in his work to advance the field of melanoma research and treatment development. Alexander N. Shoushtari, MD will receive the CURE OM Vision of Hope Award in honor of his exemplary patient care and work towards much needed breakthroughs in ocular melanoma research. For the inspiring bravery they have shown in facing melanoma, Mark McAndrew Brown, Laraine Pirie and Henry Seger will be honored with Courage Awards. A posthumous Courage Award will celebrate the life and enduring memory of Daryl Lynn Pace, whose courageous fight with ocular melanoma was and is an inspiration to our community.
Gala attendees will enjoy a seated gourmet meal, handcrafted cocktails, once-in-a-lifetime auction items and experiences and a special performance by Rebecca Cherry, a critically acclaimed violinist, composer and melanoma survivor. Most importantly, guests will create a powerful and lasting impact by raising life-saving funds for melanoma research. In 2018, gala attendees raised over $1 million to support melanoma research, education and advocacy!
Tickets for the NYC Gala are currently available but will sell out quickly. Sponsorships, journal recognition and VIP packages are also available. Visit 2019mrfnewyork to purchase tickets.
Thursday, October 17, 2019
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Cipriani | 25 Broadway, New York, NY