Heroes Curing Childhood Cancer Gala Helps More Children Reach the Stars

Despite a historic snowstorm, more than 250 attendees arrived at the Four Seasons Hotel on a frigid Saturday evening for the 7th annual Heroes Curing Childhood Cancer Gala. The event raised over $726,000, more than it ever had. The funds will support cutting-edge research in the fight against childhood cancer so that children not only survive cancer, but thrive throughout their lifetime.

Dr. Kurt Newman, president and CEO of Children’s National, welcomed guests and recognized Paul Adkins, Marco Gutierrez, and Kate Kiernan—three real-life heroes who were treated at Children’s National. They are all now well on their way to becoming young, successful adults, embodying the best of the gala’s theme, “When I grow up, I will be big enough to reach the stars.”

Dr. Newman said, “Through events like the Heroes Gala, we are investing in our physician-scientists to revolutionize the way we treat cancer. It’s not enough to save lives, though of course that’s our first goal. We also need to make treatment less toxic and more precise. As survival rates increase, we have an opportunity – a responsibility – to think of the quality of children’s lives, now and long into the future.” There were many exciting moments, including a live auction, during which items such as a week in Park City, three nights in Buenos Aires, and an adorable Labradoodle puppy were sold in a flash to the generous crowd. During the “call for cash,” bidding paddles went up in waves, and more than $100,000 was raised in less than an hour. Attendees were also moved by the story of 9-year-old Bennett Younger. Watch a video of his journey. The crowd finished the evening by rocking to the beat of the band NYX Live. Thanks to everyone who made this monumental night possible, especially the generous sponsors, committee members, and co-chairs Diana and Stephen Goldberg and Caroline and Chris King. View photos from the night.

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