The Friends of the Mass General Cancer Center took over Bloomingdale’s, Chestnut Hill in November to help fund supportive care programs at the Cancer Center.
Nearly 400 guests gathered at the department store on Nov. 12th to join the Friends and lead sponsor Santander for Couture for Cancer Care: Celebrating Survivorship through Fashion. The event was an incredible success and succeeded in raising over $300,000 for supportive care. Emcee Scott Wahle of WBZ News and Dave Ryan, MD, the clinical director of the Cancer Center, kicked off the show by welcoming 12 model pairs, comprised of patients and their Mass General caregivers, to the second-floor runway.
This year’s featured pairs wowed the audience with their chic ensembles and compelling stories of survivorship:
- Leif Ellisen, MD, PhD, co-executive director of the Translational Research Laboratory at the Cancer Center, met his runway partner, Kristin McGlinn, the night of the event. Diagnosed with breast cancer at age 38, Kristin enrolled in one of Dr. Ellisen’s clinical research studies and received treatment at Mass General under the care of Drs. Barbara Smith, Beverly Moy, Amy Colwell and Marcela del Carmen. She now is cancer-free after more than one year.
This year’s featured pairs wowed the audience with their chic ensembles and compelling stories of survivorship.
- Paul M. Busse, MD, PhD, the clinical director of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Mass General, walked the runway with Lee McCue, the wife of his patient, Joe. Lee herself received treatment for a brain tumor at the Mass General Cancer Center earlier this year. Under the care of Drs. Daniel Cahill and Andrew Chi, her prognosis is excellent.
- Noopur Raje, MD, the director of the Center for Multiple Myeloma at the Cancer Center, shared the runway with her patient, Joe Milano. Joe hasn’t let a diagnosis of non-Hodgkin lymphoma slow him down as he quietly serves as an advocate in the fight against cancer while under Dr. Raje’s care.
- Adam S. Feldman, MD, MPH, a urologist at Mass General, walked the runway with his patient, Mary Zappas. Mary credits Dr. Feldman for successfully treating her since 2009 during her battle with bladder cancer.
- Lorrie Kubicek, MT-BC, a music therapist at the Mass General Cancer Center and the expressive therapies team lead for the Katherine A. Gallagher HOPES Program, walked with Mike Caruso. The two met during Mike’s years of treatment for leukemia and formed a lasting friendship. Today, they frequently share the stage to raise money and awareness for music therapy and to celebrate the joy of music.
- Francis J. Hornicek, MD, PhD, the chief of the Orthopaedic Oncology Service, co-director of the Center for Sarcoma and Connective Tissue Oncology, director of the Stephan L. Harris Chordoma Center and co-leader of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center Sarcoma Group, walked with his patient, Cameron Burnham. After Cameron was diagnosed at age 21 with a giant cell bone tumor, Dr. Hornicek removed the top four inches of her right shin– leaving her with a foot-long scar that serves as a daily reminder to be grateful for her continued good health.
Since 1984, the Friends have helped fund patient and family education, support and wellness services, as well as an emergency fund for families struggling with the economic demands of treatment and living with cancer.
- Andrew L. Warshaw, MD, FACS, surgeon-in-chief emeritus at Mass General and the W. Gerald Austen Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, walked with his patient and 20-year pancreatic cancer survivor, Beatriz Riordan. Beatriz credits Dr. Warshaw with giving her many wonderful years with her husband, children and seven grandchildren.
- John O. Schorge, MD, chief of Gynecologic Oncology, clinical director of the Gillette Center for Women’s Cancers at Mass General and director of the Gynecologic Oncology Program at Wentworth-Douglass Hospital in New Hampshire, danced down the runway with his patient, Gwynn DelSignore. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer just days before Christmas in 2011, Gwynn has twice been treated by Dr. Schorge.
- Caryn Kazanjian, RN, MSN, AOCNS, the access nurse coordinator for the Head and Neck Oncology Program and Thoracic Oncology Program at the Cancer Center walked the runway with her patient and friend, Beth McSherry Goyette. When Beth called to make her first appointment to receive treatment for stage IV lung cancer, Ms. Kazanjian picked up at the other end and put her right at ease.
- Hensin Tsao, MD, PhD, the clinical director of the MGH Melanoma and Pigmented Lesion Center and director of the MGH Melanoma Genetics Program, walked with his longtime patient, Alice Hatch. Alice regularly keeps in touch with Dr. Tsao, who she credits with saving her life during her battle with skin cancer.
- Brian V. Nahed, MD, a neurosurgeon at Mass General walked the runway with his patient, Christine Zinke. Diagnosed with a brain tumor in March 2013, Dr. Brian Nahed successfully performed a craniotomy to remove Christine’s tumor.
- Carlos F. Fernández-del Castillo, MD, the director of the Pancreas Surgery Program at Mass General and co-director of the Tucker Gosnell Center for Gastrointestinal Cancers at the Mass General Cancer Center, shared the runway with his patient and 13-year pancreatic cancer survivor, Rose Murphy. Diagnosed in December 2000 at age 56, Rose underwent surgery performed by Dr. Fernández-del Castillo, followed by aggressive chemotherapy and radiation. Now 69 and cancer-free, Rose is giving back through her nonprofit, Cure Cancer, which raises money for cancer research. Most recently, Cure Cancer supported the research and development of the circulating tumor cell chip at Mass General.
Committed to Enhancing Care
The Friends of the Mass General Cancer Center is a volunteer organization committed to enhancing the care experience and quality of life of cancer patients and their families. Since 1984, the Friends have helped fund patient and family education, support and wellness services, as well as an emergency fund for families struggling with the economic demands of treatment and living with cancer. Funds raised by the Friends at Couture for Cancer Care will go toward supportive care programs at the hospital, such as the Katherine A. Gallagher HOPES Program and the Maxwell V. Blum Cancer Resource Room.
You can make a gift towards supportive care programs here.
For more information on the Friends of the Mass General Cancer Center and supportive care services at the hospital, please visit the Friends page.