Discovery Ball recognizes Edelman Gardner Research Foundation with Inspiration Award Earlier this month.
Wilmot Cancer Institute held its 20th Annual Discovery Ball, raising more than $818,000 for fundamental cancer research happening in the Hallmarks of Cancer research program at Wilmot.
The event also honored the Edelman Gardner Research Foundation with the Inspiration Award.
The Inspiration Award, given annually, aims to recognize an individual or group in the community whose story helps illustrate the importance of cancer research. This year, Karen Hermance gave remarks on behalf of the Edelman Gardner Research Foundation, the Inspiration Award recipient this year. In 1984, after losing his wife and a good friend to cancer years before, George Edelman Jr. decided he wanted to raise $1 million for cancer research, and in the following decades, the organization did. Over the years, the Foundation has funded equipment and projects in Wilmot’s Hallmarks of Cancer research program, which focuses on foundational research, and projects to study treatments for colon, ovarian and breast cancer, among others. “It all began with one person wanting to make a difference and has grown from one to the commitment of many,” said Karen Hermance, who now leads the organization. Edelman died last month, but before he died, he encouraged the group to continue their important efforts around cancer research. After Hermance’s remarks, the audience turned to a video featuring Wilmot researchers and patients discussing the importance of foundational cancer research. See the video here. “In so many ways, it was a successful evening, and we’re so thankful to all who helped make it possible,” said Jonathan Friedberg, M.D., M.M.Sc., director of Wilmot Cancer Institute. “As we continue to work toward growing our research strengths and applying for NCI designation, community support like this is increasingly important. We’re so fortunate to have groups like the Edelman Gardner Cancer Research Foundation and others in the community who are willing to support this important work.”
Published on May 23, 2019