Benefactors Circle celebrates cancer survivorship
Benefactors Circle founders Sharon and Joel Waller hosted the 21st annual dinner on June 5 at Bar Lurcat in Minneapolis. In 21 years, this group has raised more than $2.5 million in support of pediatric cancer research. More than 100 guests attended the celebratory dinner, founded in honor of Sharon’s daughter JoBeth, who battled and overcame a rare bone cancer when she was only 8 years old.
To honor JoBeth’s battle with cancer, John Hallberg, Children’s Cancer Research Fund’s CEO, presented Sharon with a Beads of Courage® necklace, which represented major milestones in JoBeth’s treatment that occurred more than 20 years ago.
The Benefactors Circle will be funding the Beads of Courage program at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital for the upcoming year. Beads of Courage is supported through our Care Partners program.
Guests also heard from Dr. Heather Stefanski, an Assistant Professor in Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation at the U of M. Dr. Stefanski shared information about pediatric cancer survivorship, current research breakthroughs, and real-life stories about how their donations are making a difference in the fight against childhood cancer.
Thank you to our 2011 Benefactors Circle members! A listing of Circle members can be found in our annual report, under the donor listings.