More than 175 dedicated CancerCare supporters convened at The Yale Club in New York City on Tuesday, February 5th for the 30th CancerCare Partnerships in Hope Annual Awards Dinner. The event, hosted by actress and cancer advocate S. Epatha Merkerson, honored Eisai, Inc. with the “Partnership Award” for their commitment to supporting people affected by cancer.
Eisai, a leader in providing treatments for breast cancer and treatment side effects, is a longtime supporter of CancerCare’s free Connect Education Workshops and educational publications. Eisai is also the sponsor of CancerCare’s Healing Hearts Bereavement Camp, a weekend retreat for families who have lost a loved one to cancer. And, Eisai’s Magnolia Meals at Home program has to date delivered free meals to more than 285 people receiving treatment for breast cancer. Accepting the award on Eisai’s behalf was Dr. Takashi Owa, chief innovation officer of Eisai Product Creation Systems.
Also honored at the awards dinner was CancerCare client Pamela O., who told her courageous story of coping with triple-negative breast cancer. Pamela shared:
To survive something, one merely has to live through it. I wanted more than just to survive cancer, I wanted to live, thrive and prosper in spite it. Kristy [my social worker] was there for me…I could really tell she was listening, that she actually heard my pain, my frustration, my fear. She believed in me! And she worked with me until I could believe in me again.
CancerCare helped Pamela and more than 100,000 other people coping with cancer in 2012 thanks to our generous supporters. Consider making a donation to CancerCare to help us continue providing free, support services to anyone affected by cancer.
To speak with a CancerCare professional oncology social worker, call 800-813-HOPE (4673).