Gala of Hope 2018 Saratoga Springs

What an amazing and inspiring event.  Honoring a courageous woman, Jeanne Walsh, who has dedicated her life to serving others in the American Cancer Society and yet has become a cancer warrior herself.  Her diagnosis, chordoma, a rare musculoskeletal tumor that arises in remnants of a tissue called the notochord.  It is what tethers your spinal cord at the base of your skull to the bottom of your spinal column called the coccyx.  Jeanne’s was in her neck and was treated with surgery and Proton Beam Radiation therapy.  This type of radiation is not offered locally her at Albany Medical Center and she needed to travel to Boston for treatment.

The event broke previous year’s fundraising goals, with a sold out venue, a hugely successful auction, and fabulous food, spirits, and dancing.  The generosity of those in attendance was inspiring and shows how invested our community is in finding new, improved treatments for all cancers.   Proud to be part of the event with my colleagues from the Bone and Joint Center who were sponsors of the evening.  A special thanks to Sheila and Shankar Das for their involvement on the honorary and planning committees.

Congressman Paul Tonko was present at the event to offer his support to his constituents in NY’s 20th congressional district.


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