Solving Kids’ Cancer
Closer to Cures
Honoring Usman “Oz” Azam, MD President & CEO Tmunity Therapeutics
Thomas Gad Founder & President Y-mAbs Therapeutics
Master of Ceremonies, Mikhail “Doctor Mike” Varshavski, World’s Most Followed Doctor
Hosted by Gabby & Gianpaolo, De Felice, Lindy Gad, Angelina Jolin,
Jan Planit, Frederique van der Wal, and Bonnie Young
Solving Kids’ Cancer’s co-founders, Scott Kennedy & John London with Doctor Mike and the 2018 Gold Star Kids.
On Wednesday, May 16th, Solving Kids’ Cancer (SKC), an NYC based nonprofit, held its annual Spring Celebration benefit gala at the Mandarin Oriental New York. Mikhail “Doctor Mike” Varshavski served as the Master of Ceremonies of the event, which was hosted by Gabby & Gianpaolo, De Felice, Lindy Gad, Angelina Jolin, Jan Planit, Frederique van der Wal, and Bonnie Young and raised over $575,000 for pediatric cancer research.
Dr. Usman “Oz” Azam, CEO of Tmunity Therapeutics and Thomas Gad, Founder of Y-mAbs Therapeutics both received the Wings of Hope Award for their individual efforts towards the development of groundbreaking therapies for children fighting aggressive childhood cancers.
Guests included Kelly Bensimon, Gabby & Gianpaolo De Felice, Sharam Diniz, Al Harrington, Carolina Herrera, Chris & Peggy Good, Larry Feinberg, Andrea Greeven Douzet, Hudson Kroenig, Jennifer Lahmers, Alex Lundqvist, Dale Noelle, David J. Simon, Jill Stuart, Mikhail ‘Doctor Mike’ Varshavski, Frederique van der Wal and Bonnie Young.
Scott Kennedy and John London, the organization’s co-founders preceded over the highlight of the evening, presenting Gold Star Awards to some very special recipients; children facing unimaginable challenges from cancer with courage and inspiring strength. The deserving heroes received a medal and a standing ovation from the audience.
Doctor Mike turned the spotlight on one particular survivor, 10 year old Becca Salmins, from Wyckoff, NJ, who has raised more than $75,000 for pediatric cancer research through her own jewelry business, “Knots and Arrows”, with the assistance of her father, himself a childhood cancer survivor.
The 2018 Spring Celebration marked the 11th year of the organization, which is now funding and impacting clinical research in 15 countries around the world.