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About Dalvin Tomlinson
Dalvin Tomlinson is an American football nose tackle for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). When Dalvin was five years old, his father died of lung cancer. Today, he is an NFL Crucial Catch Player Ambassador, supporting work that funds cancer screening grants and promotes early detection, as well as increasing access to care for those who are uninsured or underinsured. He, along with several of his Giants teammates, have also hosted dinners at Hope Lodge NYC for cancer patients and caregivers.
The Coaches vs. Cancer NYC Dinner Benefit brings together sports enthusiasts, industry leaders, coaches, players, and sports personalities. Now in its tenth year, the event is hosted by the Coaches vs. Cancer executive committee and has raised more than $2.1 million dollars to support the American Cancer Society’s mission and goal of eliminating cancer as a major health problem.
About Health Equity
To the American Cancer Society and our nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat, and survive cancer. We believe no one should be disadvantaged in their fight against cancer because of how much money they make; the color of their skin; their sexual orientation; their gender identity; their disability status; or where they live. Through a partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, ACS and ACS CAN are strengthening our organizational commitment to advance health equity through our work at the national, state, and local levels. We are also providing training and other educational opportunities for staff and volunteers to deepen their health equity knowledge and skills, which can enhance the integration of health equity into our research priorities, programs, services, and advocacy.
About Tom Wipf
Tom Wipf serves as the Vice Chairman of the Institutional Securities Group at Morgan Stanley. He has been sitting on the Financial Services Cares Gala Executive Committee for six years, and recently joined our inaugural CEO’s Against Cancer NY Chapter Board. Tom is a two-time cancer survivor and in his spare time he rocks out as lead guitar player in the popular local band Hell or Highwater.
Over the past 14 years, the Financial Services Cares Gala has raised an incredible $22 million to benefit the American Cancer Society. Originated to pay tribute to the late Eugene O'Kelly, former CEO of KPMG, the annual event brings together powerhouse financial institutions for a night of fundraising, networking, and exciting live entertainment. This year, we may not be able to gather in person, but you can join the fight from the safety of your living room.
About ACS Research
The American Cancer Society is the largest NGO funder of cancer research in the country. We've invested more than $4.9 billion in cancer research since 1946, all to find more – and better – treatments, uncover factors that may cause cancer, and improve cancer patients' quality of life. Our work has played a role in most of the cancer research breakthroughs in recent history, including the first successful chemotherapy treatment and the first targeted cancer therapy to receive FDA approval.
About Maria Teresa and Juan Olivera
When Maria Teresa and Juan Olvieri had to travel from their home in Venezuela for her bone marrow transplant, the American Cancer Society was able to provide them with a place to stay at the Hope Lodge Jerome L. Greene Family Center in New York City.
Each year the Hope Lodge NYC Bash raises critical funds exclusively for the Hope Lodge Jerome L. Greene Family Center which provides a free home away from home for cancer patients and their caregivers. Since opening its doors in 2007, the Jerome L. Greene Family Center Hope Lodge has provided more than 210,000 nights of free lodging for 25,000 guests from 50 states and 52 countries, saving them over $69 million.
About Hope Lodge
Facing cancer is hard. Having to travel out of town for treatment can make it even harder. Yet the American Cancer Society has a place where cancer patients and their caregivers can find help and hope when home is far away - an American Cancer Society Hope Lodge.
Each Hope Lodge offers cancer patients and their caregivers a free place to stay when their best hope for effective treatment may be in another city. Not having to worry about where to stay or how to pay for lodging allows guests to focus on getting better. Hope Lodge provides a nurturing, home-like environment where guests can retreat to private rooms or connect with others. Hope Lodge also offers a variety of resources and information about cancer and how best to fight the disease.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, ACS suspended Hope Lodge operations on March 27, 2020, because we could no longer ensure the health and safety of our immune-compromised cancer patient residents, volunteers, and staff. Until we are able to safely host patients again, ACS is offering our Hope Lodge facilities as free temporary housing for health care workers who are unable to return home for fear of exposing their families to the coronavirus.
About Erin Fogarty & Daniel Ulbricht
Erin Fogarty and Daniel Ulbricht share a passion for dance – Erin is the director of programming for the Manhattan Youth Ballet, and Daniel is a principal dancer with the NYC Ballet – and a commitment to the fight against cancer. Erin tragically lost her father to cancer in 2011, and Daniel lost his mother to the disease in 2015. Together, these longtime friends and producers conceptualized and created Dance Against Cancer: the first of its kind benefit that unites dance companies all over the world to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. For the past ten years, they’ve recruited principal dancers from top companies – including NYC Ballet, ABT, and Alvin Ailey. – to perform for one night only and with zero competition. Year over year, Dance Against Cancer has grown, raising an incredible $2 million dollars for the American Cancer Society patient programs, education, and research.
About Research at Risk
The American Cancer Society is the largest NGO funder of cancer research in the country, but the COVID-19 pandemic has put our hallmark research funding in jeopardy. We currently have $110 million worth of cancer research grant applications that are either approved or expected to be approved and are awaiting funding. However, as a result of the fundraising downturn, there are far more research grant applications than there is money available for.
Any delay in cancer research is a huge concern. For patients with metastatic cancer, it’s common for a treatment to become less effective over time. These patients rely on ongoing research to come up with new, effective approaches to replace failing therapies – so, failing to invest in research today will create gaps in newly available treatments for years to come. We must invest in research now to ensure new treatment options, new preventative tools, and ultimately, fewer cancer deaths in the future.