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We Just Want To Say... Thank You.
On Monday, October 17, the American Cancer Society hosted its first ever Heroes of the Year Luncheon at the St. Regis Roof New York.
Delia Ephron, Bestselling Author, Screenwriter, Essayist, and Playwright, and Luis A. Diaz, M.D., Head, Division of Solid Tumor Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Grayer Family Chair, received the first-ever "Heroes of the Year" award.
Dr. Gail Roboz, Director of Weill Cornell Medicine's Leukemia Program, presented the award to Delia. Dr. Roboz shared Delia's battle with acute leukemia, chemotherapy, and a stem cell transplant. Delia has since had no evidence of leukemia on any tests.
Jonathan LaPook, Chief Medical Correspondent for CBS News, Professor of Medicine at NYU Langone Medical Canter, and first-ever male emcee led us through an informative & inspirational program, introducing our 2022 Honorees, and Heroes.
Dr. Diaz's award was presented by Stefanie Joho, one of his patients, who was diagnosed with stage II colon cancer at the age of 22. Stefanie has been in remission due to an immunotherapy treatment aimed at a genetic glitch, led by Dr. Diaz and his team.
On their way out, each guest received a copy of Delia's recent memoir, "Left on Tenth, a Second Chance at Life," where she captures her personal journey of the pain of loss, and the joy of newfound love with her husband, Dr. Peter Rutter.
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