The sun was shining and spirits were high as the golfers hit the links for the 2017 Annual Cancer Hope Network Golf Classic on Monday, June 12. The event was held at Cedar Hill Golf & Country Club in Livingston, NJ and raised more than $70K.
“The Golf Classic serves two purposes,” said Executive Director Wanda Diak. “As our second-largest annual fundraiser, it provides critical operating support. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to recognize the achievements of a patient, caregiver or professional who is making an impact in the cancer community with the Flame of Courage Award.”
The Flame of Courage recognizes an individual who “has shown exceptional courage and determination” in the fight against cancer. This year’s winner, Roger K. Strair, MD, PhD is the Chief of the Division of Blood Disorders, Hematologic Malignancies and Bone Marrow Transplantation at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. He is also a Professor of Medicine at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. He is a Founding Member of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and an expert in hematologic malignancies and related diseases. Dr. Stair is the author or co-author of more than 55 peer-reviewed publications and works as part of a basic, translational and clinical research team that has developed successfully a variety of new investigator-initiated treatment approaches currently being studied in clinical trials at the Cancer Institute.
He was nominated by CHN Trustee Michael Kzarian. Mike has served as a member of the CHN board since 2010. “Three months after meeting Dr. Strair at a charity event, I found out that I was no longer concerned about cancer because of the loss of two family members. I now had an up-close and personal experience of my own when I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. As too many of you know, that kind of information can be devastating, transformational and just plain scary,” he recalled during his introduction of Dr. Strair.
“From my first meeting with Dr. Strair, he gave me HOPE. He explained my condition and the treatments we would use to fight it. He embodies the delivery of hope to cancer patients. At CHN, we connect patients with survivors, providing emotional support. Dr Strair’s work in research and treatment provides the clinical hope. He has an incredible ability to bring the overall perspective of hope and progress that’s going on in oncology research to the personal level, making complex subjects like immunotherapy and CAR-T easy to understand.”
This year’s Golf Classic was co-chaired by Lindsay Tasher and Steven Tasher, Executive Vice President. “We are deeply gratified by the unsung and unselfish efforts of our Support Volunteers who provide the much needed help to cancer patients at a time of crisis.” Lindsay and Steve were joined in the planning by William Fredericks, Mike Kzirian, Steven Robbins, MD and Mike Sonnabend.
“We are fortunate to have an experienced, proactive committee leading this event,” said Adam Weissenberg, Chairman and CEO of Cancer Hope Network. “Each year, they recruit foursomes, search out sponsors and sell raffle tickets. Their efforts create an enjoyable day and a successful fundraiser – and help ensure that no one faces cancer alone.”
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