Celebrating a Platinum Anniversary

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“We are excited to celebrate The Society of MSK’s 70-year history of supporting important patient care and research programs at Memorial Sloan Kettering,” said The Society’s President, Lavinia Branca Snyder.

On top of a multitude of volunteer programs and initiatives, The Society organizes a flagship Annual Spring Ball that this year will pay tribute to the seven decades of tireless commitment and support of MSK’s patient care and research programs. “In addition to funding more than 250 cancer research initiatives over the years, The Society’s annual fundraisers and its deeply dedicated Board continue to perform another vital and unique role at Memorial Sloan Kettering,” expounded Snyder. “The Society is the force behind a longstanding tradition of providing a broad range of patient care programs that help lift the spirits of both our adult and pediatric patients.” 

This year, the volunteer organization is commemorating its 70th anniversary with the establishment of The Society of Memorial Kettering Prize, awarded to recognize an individual who has made significant or groundbreaking contributions to the field of pediatric oncology. The inaugural prize recipient will be Richard J. O’Reilly, MD, Chairman of the MSK Department of Pediatrics and Director of the Bone Marrow Transplantation Program, who has been selected based on his transformative research accomplishments over the past 40 years and his extraordinary service to MSK’s pediatric patients and families.

“We are thrilled to aid MSK in its role in recognizing globally important contributions to the field of pediatric oncology with the establishment of The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Prize to commemorate our special anniversary,” Snyder explained. “The 70th Anniversary Spring Ball on May 17th will be a wonderful evening that encapsulates the passion and dedication of The Society’s members and supporters, honors generations past, and looks to the bright future ahead for this incredible organization.”

For more information, please visit www.thesocietyofmskcc.org.