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The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation’s 15​th​ Annual ​MMRF Laugh for Life: New York fundraiser took place on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at Pier Sixty, Chelsea Piers in NYC. Comedian, Actor and TV Writer Paul Reiser performed at this year’s event. Brad Zimmerman, an actor and comedian, served as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies. Oz Pearlman, famed Mentalist, performed at the evening’s cocktail reception. Together with its partners, the MMRF has created the only end-to-end solution in precision medicine today and the single largest genomic dataset in all cancers with the MMRF CoMMpass Study (SM) as the cornerstone.  Proceeds from this event benefit efforts to advance the precision medicine model to accelerate the development of new molecularly targeted, immune and novel therapies to ensure all patients get the right treatment at the right time.


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The MMRF honored Tani and Eric Gelber, longtime MMRF endurance athletes and fundraisers, with the Carol Goldschein Spirit of Hope Award. This award recognizes individuals who have inspired hope and shown extraordinary commitment to the MMRF and its mission. Among his many accomplishments for the MMRF, Gelber finished a 200-mile run in Central Park to raise awareness and funds for the organization in 2016.

“We take action, stand together, and never give up,” said Gelber. “We bring the meaning of community to a whole new level by pushing ourselves to break new ground, shatter perceived limits, and achieve the seemingly impossible. It takes a team to run 200 miles, to trek the Grand Canyon … and of course to support our friends and family who live with cancer every day.”

Laugh for Life was founded by three sisters – Sue Korn, Cindi Stern, and the late Carol Goldschein – to support the MMRF mission and to celebrate life through laughter. It has since raised more than $6 million to support transformative cancer research. The MMRF 2017 Laugh co-chairs were Sherri Lippman and Alison Slap Tress.
Catherine Sloane, a multiple myeloma patient since 2013, delivered remarks. She and her family (her mother is co-chair Alison Tress) have been committed to this event and dedicated to the MMRF since her diagnosis. This month, Catherine will be hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back up in one day to help raise awareness for the MMRF.

The MMRF Laugh for Life is a premier New York comedy event attended by more than 500 supporters including patients, family members, healthcare leaders and business executives.


Presenting Sponsor of the event was Celgene Corporation.

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Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cell. It is the second most common blood cancer. An estimated 30,280 adults will be diagnosed this year and 12,590 people are predicted to die from the disease.


The mission of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is to find a cure for multiple myeloma by relentlessly pursuing innovation that accelerates the development of next-generation treatments to extend the lives of patients. Founded in 1998 by Kathy Giusti, a multiple myeloma patient, and her twin sister Karen Andrews as a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization, the MMRF is a world-recognized leader in cancer research. Together with its partners, the MMRF has created the only end-to-end solution in precision medicine and the single largest genomic dataset in all cancers. The MMRF continues to disrupt the industry today, as a pioneer and leader at the helm of new research efforts. Since its inception, the organization has raised over $330 million and directs nearly 90% of the total funds to research and related programs. The MMRF has received the “Best in America” Seal of Excellence from the Independent Charities of America and Charity Navigator’s 4-star rating for twelve years. The MMRF has also been recognized by Philanthropedia as one of 16 expert-identified, high-impact nonprofits in the field of cancer. To learn more, visit​


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