The 17th Annual New York City fundraising event, “Stand Up to Sarcoma,” was held on Thursday, May 9, at Gustavino’s on East 59th Street.
Dr. Paddy Boland, the Irish-born surgeon who has spent his career doing groundbreaking work at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, received the “Nobility in Science Award,” and his friends in the Irish community turned out in force, making it the most successful event the foundation ever had. Almost $1,000,000 was raised in donations for the organization that advocates for sarcoma patients by funding research and increasing awareness about the disease.
The array of former patients in attendance, some 30 people ranging in age, who had been successfully treated by Dr. Boland, highlighted the importance of ongoing sarcoma research. “Thirty years ago, it was unlikely that any of these patients would have survived. Today, these patients are cured with good function and a good quality of life,” Dr. Boland said in his remarks.
Sarcoma is a cancer of the connective tissue (nerves, muscles, bones, and tendons) that is diagnosed in approximately 9,000 Americans each year. ♦