By Christine Tumpson | Photographs by Sarah Collins
WHO: 900 guests, including Dr. Stanley and Nikol Marks, Drs. Laura and Robert Ferris, UPMC President and CEO Jeffrey and Stefani Romoff, University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick and Karen Gallagher, Darlene and Jack Mascaro, and Dr. Peter Ellis and Kathy Lokay
WHAT: UPMC Hillman Cancer Center’s major event begins an annual effort to secure critical funding for patient care and cancer research, including nearly 600 clinical trials.
WHERE: PPG Paints Arena
HIGHLIGHTS: Earlier this year, officials from UPMC and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute announced that all 50-plus cancer center locations within the global network would be renamed UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, one of the largest integrated community networks of cancer doctors and oncology specialists in the United States. Helping to lead the research efforts is Robert Ferris, M.D., Ph.D., who was recently named director of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, and officially introduced during the gala. — C.T.
“Elsie and Henry Hillman were true pioneers in the fight against cancer. The Hillmans were instrumental in turning Pittsburgh into a world-class destination for cancer care.” — Dr. Stanley Marks, oncologist and chairman of the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center