CAMDEN, N.J.— Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation, announced today that the Tenth Annual Pink Roses Teal Magnolias Brunch raised a record-breaking $1 million for breast and gynecologic cancer research and clinical programs at MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper.
The tenth annual fundraiser was held on Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza in Cherry Hill, N.J. With more than 850 people in attendance, Pink Roses Teal Magnolias is the largest breast and gynecologic cancer fundraiser in the Delaware Valley.
“Pink Roses Teal Magnolias is a healing movement fueled by the power of hope and the strength of sisterhood that supports fellow survivors and advocates for research and care for breast and gynecologic cancer,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation and an ovarian cancer survivor. “To raise $1 million is a testament to the passion of the Pink and Teal community and their dedication to finding a cure for women’s cancer once and for all.”
Since the first brunch in 2010, fundraising for Pink Roses Teal Magnolias has totaled $6.5 million. Funds have been used to support research, the Patient In Need Fund, new technology, the Survivorship Program, and the Dr. Diane Barton Complementary Medicine program which utilizes therapies designed to lessen the pain, stress and anxiety associated with cancer while supporting mainstream medical care.
“Since opening in 2013, MD Anderson at Cooper has become the leading cancer center in South Jersey, caring for more than 100,000 patients each year,” said George E. Norcross, III, Chairman of Cooper University Health Care. “I am deeply grateful for the generosity of our individual donors, sponsors and community partners and we look forward to another decade of providing hope and support in the fight against women’s cancer.”
“We have made tremendous strides in diagnosing and treating breast and gynecologic cancer, but we know there is still more work to be done,” said Generosa Grana, MD, Director of MD Anderson at Cooper. “Thanks to the support of Pink Roses Teal Magnolias, we are able to expand our research capabilities that results in more innovative treatments and grow our programs that support survivors throughout their cancer journey.”
The event honored Anthony E. Dragun, MD, Chief, Department of Radiation Oncology, Lauren Krill, MD, Gynecologic Oncologist, Danielle Behrens, DO, Inpatient Hematologist/Medical Oncologist, Marjan Koch, MD, Inpatient Hematologist/Medical Oncologist and Bonnie Mehr, Director, Integrative Oncology Services and Director, Dr. Diane Barton Complementary Medicine Program.
The event also featured inspiring stories from four cancer survivors Barbara Abrams, Susan Jacobucci, Francheska Vargas and Vicki Zell and culminated with a Survivor’s March recognizing all cancer survivors in attendance.
The brunch was co-chaired by community members Donna Forman, Cherry Hill; Ilene Grossman, Voorhees; Janet Knowles, Moorestown; Josephine McGinniss, Mt. Laurel, and Carolyn Shelby, Westampton, along with MD Anderson at Cooper leaders Generosa Grana, MD, Francis Spitz, MD, David Warshal, MD, and Robert Somer, MD.
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