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Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation Breakthrough Ball Gala Honored Margo & John Catsimatidis, Amar’e Stoudemire and Dr. Patricia J. Giardina
Date:11/1/2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) November 01, 2013

The Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation (CCBF) hosted its annual “Breakthrough Ball” benefit gala on Tuesday evening, October 29, 2013 in the Grand Ballroom of the Plaza Hotel. A stunning success, the evening raised over $1 million to provide medication, chemotherapy and other life-saving treatments to thousands of children at the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology of New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

CCBF presented the coveted “Breakthrough Spirit” awards to Margo and John Catsimatidis, owner of Red Apple Group/Gristedes Food, and Amar’e Stoudemire, six-time NBA All-Star. The Catsimatidis are renowned for their philanthropic activities and their activism has fueled the hope of countless people through their community outreach and dedication to a plethora of charitable endeavors. Amar’e Stoudemire has proven himself an outstanding role model for children and adults alike, using his success and influence to creatively inspire and help at-risk youth. His foundation has changed the lives of many children, and Amar’e continues to spread his philanthropy through his commitment to multiple causes.

CCBF bestowed the prestigious Medical Breakthrough Award on former Chief of the Division and current Director of the Thalassemia Program, Dr. Patricia J. Giardina. A world-renowned expert on thalassemia, Dr. Giardina has fostered research that led to the development of new therapies to treat life-threatening blood diseases, and in doing so has effectively altered forever the way children receive treatment.

CCBF’s chairman Les Lieberman spoke appreciatively of all those who participated in this year’s event, saying “I have had the privilege of witnessing the discovery and development of new treatments that have changed the lives of children across the world thanks to funds raised each year at the Breakthrough Ball. Without the support of o
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