The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute continues its longtime tradition during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month recognizing 12 outstanding individuals and organizations at its 21st annual Heroes of Breast Cancer Awards event, held on Oct. 28 at the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center. Nearly 250 guests were in attendance to celebrate this year's honorees for their demonstrated leadership in raising awareness of breast cancer through education, the promotion of breast health, early detection and research breakthroughs, and inspirational stories of survivorship. Ann Delisi, radio and television personality and host of Ann Delisi's Essential Music on WDET 101.9 FM, served as emcee.
"We have made significant progress in the breast cancer fight but there is more work to be done," said Gerold Bepler, M.D., Ph.D. president and CEO, Karmanos Cancer Institute. "Our team at Karmanos works tirelessly to provide exceptional care to our patients, providing numerous therapies, clinical trials and advancements in cancer research to help discover new effective treatments. We also encourage women and men to be proactive about their health by talking with their physician about cancer screenings.
"We're privileged to shine light on those who support us in this fight and inspire us by their selfless contributions to improve the lives of those faced with breast cancer. It's with our sincerest gratitude that we congratulate our 2015 Heroes of Breast Cancer."
Katrina Studvent, director, Breast Cancer Special Programs at Karmanos Cancer Institute echoed Dr. Bepler's sentiments.
"We know those impacted by breast cancer are dealing with this disease every day of every month, so it's important that we take time to honor and celebrate those whose outstanding work is helping us make this disease more manageable for others," said Studvent.
"Everyone has the opportunity to make a difference for someone touched by breast cancer. This year's honorees demonstrate that in a variety of ways and teach us through their generosity what it means to a hero. We invite others to help us in this fight to end breast cancer."