The Third Annual Quest for a Cure Gala took place at the Mütter Museum of the College of Physicians in Philadelphia on November 10, 2017. It was a fabulous night filled with great cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, museum tours, a delicious dinner, a silent auction, and remarks from both the CDCN's Co-Founder and Executive Director Dr. David Fajgenbaum and Loved One Mileva Repasky, Director of the Warrior Program and mother of patient Katie Repasky.
Guests mingled in the gallery of the museum while sipping on signature cocktails sponsored by Sipp Sparkling beverages while browsing the 50+ silent auction items.
Alicia Vitarelli announced the start of programming as guests sat down to a delicious meal provided by Catering by Design. Dr. David Fajgenbaum gave a presentation highlighting all of the successes the CDCN has had since it was founded in 2012 by Dr. Frits van Rhee and Dr. Fajgenbaum himself. Following Dr. Fajgenbaum was Mileva Repasky, mother to Katie Repasky, the CDCN's youngest warrior. Mileva gave a beautiful speech about what it means to have a child battling Castleman disease, and what an impact the CDCN has had in Katie and her family's fight thus far.
We were also thrilled to announce the NIH's favorable review and decision to fund the majority of a clinical trial of Sirolimus - a new treatment option for CD that the CDCN identified - in Castleman disease patients that don't respond to the only currently FDA-approved treatment! With your support, we achieved our goal of raising $100,000 at Quest - but we still need to raise $40,000 to fund the remainder of the clinical trial. Our goal is to raise the remaining funds by the end of the year so that we can push forward this potentially life-saving study!
The evening wrapped up with a live auction of our Giving Board - uncovering each individual patient who's year of Sirolimus treatment must still be funded - donate here today!
The CDCN would like to that all of our sponsors and donors! Unable to join us? You can still donate here!