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The one hundred honoree: Michele & Steven Kirsch

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The one hundred honoree: Michele & Steven Kirsch

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MIT graduate and serial entrepreneur Steven Kirsch has founded and chaired several notable Silicon Valley start-ups. He and his wife Michele are also renowned in the Silicon Valley as philanthropists. Early on in their careers, Michele and Steve established a foundation to promote a safer and healthier world. The couple’s philanthropy and advocacy have made a difference to numerous non-profit and academic organizations, many with a focus on medical science.

In 2007, Steve was diagnosed with Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia, a rare blood cancer. Today, grants from their foundation are now helping to support progress toward treatment and cure of this rare disease. In addition, Steve’s public chronicling of his condition has built awareness of the disease and inspired others with hope.