A dinner with a thousand life-savers… and I’m not referring to the candies. I was honored to emcee the Abramson Cancer Center’s first ever Philly Fights cancer event this past Saturday. And yes, there were about a thousand people there. I joked with someone that dinner conversation was going to be a challenge for me because in the room were the best of the best doctors and researchers in the cancer field. “Uh, I had cancer.” That’s all I got. It’s not funny I know but seriously I was so in awe of these people. What they have devoted their life to,,, what they have accomplished, the lives they have saved and the hope they have given to so many who were told “There’s nothing more that can be done.”
But there were other “life-savers” in the room too, people who have give vision, support and raised funds. I was especially excited to meet Madlyn Abramson, also a cancer survivor. I can’t even begin to list Madlyn and her husband’s contributions to this community, not the least of which was the $100 Million dollars they pledged in 1997 to establish the Abramson Family Cancer Research. Madlyn sets the bar high as a role model for the rest of us who want to do for others and leave this world a better place for those who come after us. I have great admiration for her… a true “life-saver”.