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The Mandela Family To Be Honored At The John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary's 29th Annual Odyssey Ball On April 5, 2014
Date:9/5/2013

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The Mandela Family will be honored with the "True Grit" Humanitarian Award at the 29th annual Odyssey Ball, Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills.  Anton Bilchik, MD, PhD, FACS, Professor of Surgery and Chief of Medicine, John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John's Health Center, will be presented the "The Duke" Special Service Award.   The yearly fundraising event benefits the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) at Saint John's Health Center and is organized by the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary. 

"The Wayne Family is truly honored to present the 'True Grit' Award to the Mandela Family," said Patrick Wayne, Chairman of the Board at JWCI and son of the legendary actor John Wayne.  "Their spirit, fortitude and strength in ending apartheid and easing human suffering inspire us all and is unsurpassed as is our commitment to eradicate cancer and provide hope to cancer patients around the globe."  

The Mandela Family will be honored with the "True Grit" Award for continuing the mission of former President of South Africa and Nobel Peace Laureate Nelson Mandela who helped bring an end to apartheid.  As global advocates for human and civil rights, democracy, reconciliation, mutual respect and tolerance, the family is preserving the history, heritage and legacy.  A member of the African National Congress party beginning in the 1940s, Nelson Mandela was a leader against the white minority's oppressive regime in a racially divided South Africa.  His actions landed him in prison for nearly three decades and made him the face of the anti-apartheid movement both within his country and internationally.  His fa
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