Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Tribute Dinner Hosted By Phialdelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field

2014 SKCC Tribute Dinner

2014 SKCC Tribute Dinner

The Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University held its annual tribute Dinner on September 5th, 2014. The honorees of the annual event were he Philadelphia Eagles for their effort to fight Cancer. The event was held at Lincoln Financial Field. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Cancer Breakthrough Research Fund. For more about the event click here and here


Is Good Health a Choice?: Richard Pestell at TEDxOccidentalCollege

In this talk, given at the TEDxOccidentaCollege meeting, Dr. Pestell explores cultural assumptions that drive cancer seeking behavior. He will reveal solutions that will empower you to live healthier starting today.

Jefferon’s Kimmel Cancer Center Holds 5th Annual Men’s Event

Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center hosted its 5th Annual Men’s Event to benefit prostate cancer research and awareness at the Prime Rib Restaurant on November 14.

Below are some photos of the night, award ceremony and entertainment provided by Comedy Central’s “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time,” Jim Breuer of Saturday Night Live.

“Spirit of Caring” Awardee:

Wm. Kevin Kelly, D.O.

Professor, Medical Oncology and Urology,
Director, Division of Solid Tumor Oncology

The “Spirit of Caring Award” is presented to an individual to recognize outstanding leadership in cancer research and the hope they hold for improving the quality of life in every community.

“Spirit of Courage” Awardee:
Anthony DiPrimio, PhD

Author, Prostate Cancer: What Men Need to Know About this Disease and Its Treatment

The “Spirit of Courage Award” is presented to an individual who has demonstrated great personal courage, strength and dignity while battling cancer and supporting others in their fight against cancer.

“Spirit of Commitment” Awardee:
Neal Rodin

President, International Financial Company, LLC

The “Spirit of Commitment Award” is presented to an individual to recognize outstanding commitment to supporting the work of the Kimmel Cancer Center through personal and professional contributions dedicated to finding a cure.

“Spirit of Innovation” Awardee:
The company applies its expertise in antigen identification, engineering and cell processing to produce active cellular immunotherapy (ACI) product candidates designed to stimulate an immune response. They pioneered a novel, first in class autologous immunotherapy first approved for the treatment of advanced prostate cancer. Dendreon is headquartered in Seattle with corporate operations based locally in the Delaware Valley and manufacturing plants in Georgia and California.

The “Spirit of Innovation” Award is presented to an organization whose innovation in cancer measurably improves business and/or clinical processes that impact product development, prevention programs, research, or patient care.

Ladies of Port Richmond Featured in Inquirer

Mary Louise Leuters is a two-time breast cancer survivor and president of the Ladies of Port Richmond, a local group of breast cancer survivors who have raised over $400,000 for breast cancer research in the last nine years.Nearly 300,000 American women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and 40,000 will die from it, according to the American Cancer Society. There are nearly three million survivors.The Ladies of Port Richmond host a local walk each year along with many fundraising events including bake sales and church breakfasts.In an interview with the Philadelphia Inquirer, Richard Pestell, MD, director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson, explains that the money is especially valuable because it comes with no strings attached. Jefferson researchers have used it as seed money – almost impossible to find otherwise – to do preliminary research that has helped win National Cancer Institute grants worth millions. He adds, ”There’s been a tremendous return on their efforts.”

Read the full “The fighting ladies of Port Richmond” story.

Learn more about the Jefferson Breast Care Center and treatment of breast cancer at Jefferson.

by Danielle Servetnick on Wednesday, July 17th, 2013 in Cancer CareIn The News.

Keatley Foundation Donation

The Keatley Foundation made a generous $10,000 donation to the Kimmel Cancer Center.   Events like their second annual Beef and Beer contributed to this generous donation. The Keatley Foundation was created by Bob Lyons during his treatment at Jefferson Hospital. The foundation name comes from the street name where Bob lives. According to Bob, That street sign was “The sign that I started my road to recovery on every morning, gaining strength to take a few more steps towards that street sign on the corner each day”. For more about Bob’s story please see the following Jefferson Hospital blog post.

Mr. Bob Lyons presents donation check to Dr. Richard Pestell

Ms. Angela Cantone and Mr. Bob Lyons present donation check to Dr. Richard Pestell

Jefferson Kimmel Cancer Center Tribute Dinner Honoring Steve Sabol, President of NFL Films

On Tuesday, June 5, 2012, the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson and 300 guests honored Steve Sabol, President for NFL Films benefiting cancer research and patient care at the Union League of Philadelphia. The evening’s remarks were delivered by Sidney and Caroline Kimmel; and NFL Films special guests, Greg Cosell, and Pat Kelleher. Also in attendance was Head Coach for the Philadelphia Eagles, Andy Reid and his wife, Tammy; along with other key members of the Eagles organization. The silent auction, which featured an original art piece by Steve Sabol entitled, “Hippocratic Oath” as well as a private tour of NFL Films was emceed by Philadelphia’s own, “The Geator with The Heater”, Jerry Blavat.

Dr. Richard Pestell, Director of the Kimmel Cancer Center, presented Steve Sabol with the Spirit of Courage Award, presented to an individual who has demonstrated great personal courage, strength and dignity while battling cancer and supporting others in their fight against cancer. Receiving the Spirit of Commitment Award was Roberta Tanenbaum, Kimmel Cancer Center Advisory Board member, and Joseph Weiss, Kimmel Cancer Center Advisory Board Member and Chairman of Electronic Ink, presented to an individual to recognize outstanding commitment to supporting the work of the Kimmel Cancer Center through personal and professional contributions dedicated to finding a cure.

The Lead Sponsor was the Sidney Kimmel Foundation. Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University and Hospitals would also like to thank our generous Sponsors and Committee:

Program (13 MB PDF)


Roberta Tanenbaum
KCC Board Member

Joseph Weiss
KCC Advisory Board Member
Chairman, Electronic Ink

Honorary Co-chairpersons

Anne and Matt Hamilton


Dorothy and David Binswanger
Linda Golden and Richard Davidson
Linda and Benjamin Frankel
Janis and Stephen Goodman
Caroline and Sidney Kimmel
Christina and Jeffrey Lurie
Nataliia and Richard Pestell
Judy and Marvin Rounick
Kathy and John Spagnola


Ken Adelberg
Betty Gross Eisenberg
Stephen Foxman
Judy Losben
Linda Massey
Al Pizzica
Rita Rome
Claire Rose
Wendy Voron
Renee Zuritsky

Dr. Jeannie Hoffman-Censits leads Walk for Bladder Cancer

On Saturday, May 5, 2012 Jeannie Hoffman-Censits, M.D. led Team Jefferson from the Kimmel Cancer Center‘s Bluemle Life Sciences Building to Independence Hall. Dr. Hoffman-Censits teamed up with “the first national advocacy organization devoted to bladder cancer,” the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network, to help raise public awareness of bladder cancer and much needed funding.

Team Jefferson will be walking again on May 4, 2013. For more information, please contact Jessica Soens at or call 215-955-2054.

You Can Help Save PA Research Funding

For more than a decade, Pennsylvania’s Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement Program (CURE) has supported a broad range of biomedical research at 39 institutions across Pennsylvania. These funds have led to research advances in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, infectious diseases, and other health areas and improvements in public health.

In his budget for fiscal year 2013, Governor Corbett proposes defunding the CURE program created by Act 77 in 2001, diverting almost $60 million in research funds from the tobacco settlement into the general budget for other purposes.

If the defunding takes place, Jefferson stands to lose $2 to $4 million per year in research funding.

Left intact with sustained funding, the CURE program will advance promising medical discoveries, support the hiring and retention of skilled workers, leverage federal and private research funding, and catalyze the formation of biotechnology companies.

Please voice your support of the CURE program by taking a moment to send a note (see suggested letter HERE) to your PA State representative. You can find your representative on this website.

Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center is a member of the Pennsylvania Cancer Alliance.

2011 Men’s Event Benefiting Prostate Cancer Research and patient care at Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center

On Tuesday, November, 17th 2011, the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson held the Third Annual Men’s Event benefiting prostate cancer research and patient care at the Prime Rib Restaurant in Philadelphia. The Men’s Event was emceed by Philadelphia Eagles Longsnapper, motivational speaker and magician, Jon Dorenbos.

Receiving the Symbol of Courage was John Beuhler, prostate cancer survivor and grateful patient of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  The Symbol of Caring was presented to Kenneth Boone, board member of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.

Special guests included Amber-Joi Watkins, Miss USA Pennsylvania and Julianna White, Miss USA New Jersey. Guests enjoyed a dinner, silent and live auction, and casino.

The Lead Sponsor was Bill Frankel of Frankel Enterprises. Kimmel Cancer Center would also like to thank the following sponsors:

Sponsor Company / Group Silent Auction/ Company
AP Executive Management Algar Ferrari of Philadelphia
Barry Bressler, Esq. and Betty Gross Eisenberg American Male Salon
BlankRome Annie-Prue
Boone Properties, LLC Atlantic City Country Club
Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Bistrot La Minette
Charles Pike Construction Blackfish Restaurant
Citi Blue Horizons Dive Center
Commonwealth Agency, Inc. Boyds
Dann, Dorfman, Herrell & Skillman, PC Chadds Ford
David Yurman Jewelers Chelsea Hotel
DBA The Wyndon Group City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program
Deitz & Watson Cooperage Wine and Whiskey Bar
Department of Medical Oncology Cross Winds Flight School
Dilworth Paxson D’Angelo’s Restaurant
Drs. Gomella and Family David Yurman
Electronic Ink Dock’s Oyster House/Knife & Fork Atlantic City
Firstrust Drexel University Men’s Basketball
Frankel Enterprises Electronic Ink
Heffler, Radetich & Saitta Fencing Academy of Philadelphia
Hi Fi House Fogo de Chao
Koegle Family Four Seasons Hotel
M&T Bank Kenneth Freeling and Sue Cimbricz
McCullough Models From My Harp – Cheryl Kripke Cohen
PREIT Gomella Family
Rodin IFC Henry A. Davidsen
Stradley Ronon Hidden Creek Golf Club
TD Bank Holt’s Cigar Company
Unique Products Hortman Aviation Services
US Bank J. Lohr
Jacques Ferber
Joseph Anthony Spa
Jump NEA
Kramer Portraits New York
La Prairie
Le Castagne
Lehigh Valley
Lord & Taylor, Bala Cywyd
Lucky Strikes
Manito Equestrian Center
May’s Landing Golf Club
McCullough’s Emerald Golf Links
Merion Country Club
Mid-Atlantic Restaurant
Nicole Miller
Pennsylvania Paragliding
Philadelphia Sports Club
Piper Memorial Airport
Quaker State Light Sport Flight Academy, LLC.
Ralph Lauren
Ristorante Panorama
Saks Fifth Avenue, Bala Cynwyd
Salon Ziza
Segway Tours
St. Joe’s University Men’s Basketball
Target Masters Gold Membership
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
The Little Tuna
The Prime Rib
The Union Trust
The Vesper Club
Thomas J Duffy, Esq.
Time Restaurant
Twin Pines Stables and Unique Industries
Twisted Tail
Ultimate Shave
Union League of Philadelphia
Villanova University Men’s Basketball
Villanova University Football
Victory Brewing Co.
Vintage Wine Bar
West Avenue Grille
Whitewater Challengers

The Third Annual Men’s Event would not have been possible without the tremendous work and support of our Committee members:

Barry Bressler Rose Cunningham
Robert DeBolt Marc Feller
Marc Franzoni Peter Gistelinck
Bruce Goldman Tricia Gomella
Niels Haun Mark Juliano
Erik Knudsen Bryan Koegel
John LeVine Bill McCullough
Meredith Seigle Roger Vander Klock
Thomas Walls

Special thanks to Gerard Tomko Wedding Photography for donating his services in-kind.

Gordon Schwartz, M.D., Nominated to National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers Board

Gordon F. Schwartz, MD, MBA, FACS, director of the Jefferson Breast Care Center

Gordon F. Schwartz, MD, MBA, FACS, director of the Jefferson Breast Care Center, will represent the American Society of Breast Disease on the board of the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC).

The NAPBC is a consortium of national, professional organizations dedicated to the improvement of the quality of care and the monitoring of outcomes for patients with diseases of the breast.

Dr. Schwartz attended his first meeting as a member of the board in San Francisco the week of October 24 during the 2011 Clinical Congress of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Schwartz is an internationally renowned expert in breast diseases and a professor of surgery and medical oncology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.  His practice has been dedicated to treating breast diseases, both benign and malignant, for more than 30 years.

In 2009, Dr. Schwartz became director of the Jefferson Breast Care Center—one of the first Academic Medical Institutions receiving full accreditation by NAPBC.

2011 Ladies of Port Richmond Breakfast Fundraiser

On Saturday, October 22nd, the Ladies of Port Richmond held a Breakfast Fundraiser to support breast canceer research at AppleBee’s located at Caster and Aramingo Avenue.  Thank you to all who participated and made donations to the Ladies of Port Richmond supporting their efforts to aid in the fight against breast cancer.

Director of KCC, Dr. Richard Pestell, in July issue of Runner’s World

July 2011 Issue of Runner's World

Dr. Richard Pestell, director of the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson and former national-class distance runner, was featured in the July issue of Runner’s World.

Dr. Pestell spoke with the magazine for the cover story titled “Outrunning Cancer”–which focused on the running community’s ability to raise million of dollars each year to fight cancer.

“When the story of cancer meets a runner’s story, the combination can be quite powerful,” said Dr. Pestell.

Read the full feature story here: “Outrunning Cancer: Team Effort” by John Brant.

Dr. John Wagner, of the medical oncology department and also a runner, was mentioned in the article, as well.

Melanoma Awereness Night At The Philles Organized By Kelly Kroll and the “Bonnie Kroll Melanoma Memorial Fund”

May is Melanoma Awareness Month. Kelly Kroll of Ambler PA has set up the “Bonnie Kroll Melanoma Memorial Fund” in honor of her mother who died in 2001 from uveal melanoma. The fund has raised over $150,000 to support research at the the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the Kimmel Cancer Center of Thomas Jefferson University. Kelly marked the 10th anniversary of the fund by organizing a special Melanoma Awareness night with the Philadelphia Phillies. Jefferson Doctors participated in the attached video and also were present to throw out the first pitch.

Below are some photos of the event at Citizens Bank Park and the check presentation prior to the game. The photos from Citizens Bank Park were provided by photo: Sarah F Wimberley /

Dr. Edith Mitchell attends National Summit on Health Disparities, Hon. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Harry Reid honored

Edith Mitchell, M.D., clinical professor of Medicine and Medical Oncology at Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, attended the 8th Annual National Summit on Health Disparities Meeting & Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., on April 11 and 12.

Dr. Edith Mitchell and Hon. Nancy Pelosi at the National Summit on Health Disparities. Photo Courtesy of Don Baker/NMQF

The summit, organized by The National Minority Quality Forum and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, in collaboration with the CBC Health Braintrust, brings together members of congress, senior healthcare executives, clinicians, payers, and allied members of the healthcare industry to discuss solutions to disease disparities.

Four consummate Americans were honored for their deep commitment and contributions in the area of health care, including Senator Harry Reid and Former Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who both received the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Dr. Mitchell moderated the “Cancer Biomarkers, Clinical Trials, & New Treatment Options” session, which included Roy Herbst, M.D., Ph.D., Chief of Medical Oncology, Yale Cancer Center and Joseph Sparano, M.D., Associate Chairman, Department of Oncology, Montefiore Medical Center.

Francis Collins, M.D., PhD, Director of the National Institutes of Health, also gave a special address.

The National Minority Quality Forum is a non-profit healthcare research and educational organization dedicated to the elimination of health disparities.

Get Healthy Philadelphia Tobacco Policy and Control Speaker Series

Giridhar Mallya, MD, MSHP, Director of Policy and Planning, Philadelphia Department of Public Health; Michelle S. Davis, PhD, Deputy Regional Health Administrator, Region III, DHHS, Office of Public Health and Science; Rosemarie Henson, MSSW, MPH, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health, DHHS; Richard G. Pestell, MD, PhD, Director, Kimmel Cancer Center; Simon McNabb, Senior Policy Advisor, CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health; Dalton G. Paxman, Ph.D. Regional Health Administrator, Region III, DHHS, Office of Public Health and Science

On March 25th, the Jefferson School of Population Health and Philadelphia Department of Health hosted a seminar featuring Rosemarie Henson, MSSW, MPH.

Ms. Henson is the Senior Advisor to the Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Service (DHHS). Prior to her position at DHHS, Ms. Henson directed multiple disease prevention and health promotion programs at the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

For many years Ms. Henson directed the CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health (OSH) where she launched the state-based National Network of Tobacco Cessation Quitlines, which provided access to telephone counseling and follow-up for all US smokers. She also played a pivotal role in leading the CDC’s efforts to establish youth tobacco surveillance activities globally; she led the successful CDC tobacco-free campus initiative; and the national strategy for the release of two landmark Surgeon General’s reports.

As part of the Philadelphia Department of Public Health Get Healthy Philly Tobacco Policy and Control Series, Ms. Henson will present on the National Tobacco Control Strategy of DHHS.

Ladies of Port Richmond Coninue Support Of The Kimmel Cancer Center

The Ladies of Port Richmond presented the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson with a check for $40,000. This is the sixth year in a row that the Ladies of Port Richmond have support breast cancer research at the Kimmel Cancer Center. The Ladies of Port Richmond work diligently to raise this money and a plaque was placed in their honor on the first floor of the Bluemle Life Science Building to recognize their efforts.

Breast Health International Held Annual Black Tie Gala

Several Thomas Jefferson University/KCC Faculty and Family Members Attended the Event.

Dr. and Mrs. Rodwige Desnoyers, Dr. Michael Ramirez, Dr. Rani Anne, Ms. Nora Homsi, Mr. Tim Pestell, Dr. & Mrs. Richard Pestell Mr. Joseph (Joh) Rosamilia(seated) and Dr. Sun Yong Lee (seated).

Breast Health International, a division of the Foundation for Breast & Prostate Health held it’s annual Black Tie Gala honoring Neiman Marcus and benefiting breast cancer research and development. The event was held on Friday, October 29. 2010 at the Rittenhouse Hotel in Downtown Philadelphia. Music was provided by the Eddie Bruce Band. A silent auction was held.

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Recap and Gallery Available Here at the Susan G. Komen For the Cure Philadelphia Website.

The Ramblewood Country Club Hosted John Runyan’s 2010 “Score For The Cure” Golf Tournament


Fleming's Steakhouse -- one of the fine sponsors of this event.

The Ramblewood  Country Club in Mount Laurel, NJ hosted John Runyan’s 2010 “Score For The Cure” Golf Tournament on September 21st 2010. The proceeds benefited the Kimmel Cancer Center of Jefferson. Dietz & Watson was the Title Sponsor of the event. This  marks the 6th year of the event which has raised nearly $1,000,000 in the fight against prostate cancer.

“Fight For Cure” to hold “Ribbon Ball” event to benefit the Kimmel Cancer Center

fightforcureIn an effort to raise funds and awareness for the Kimmel Cancer Center at Jefferson Hospital, “Fight For Cure” is pleased to present the First Annual, “Ribbon Ball” on Saturday, September 25, 2010 from 9pm-12am at The Loews Philadelphia Hotel, which is located at 1200 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19107. Two-Time Emmy Award Winner & Host of FOX 29’s, “Good Day Philadelphia,” Mike Jerrick will help lead the event, as the evening’s Master of Ceremonies, while participating sponsors will include: Pravda Vodka, Q 102, DiningOut Magazine, philly2night, Barefoot Winery, Skinny Water, Anheuser-Busch,, Cabot Creamery Cooperative, Elite Island Resorts, Fairmount Running Club, Rittenhouse Women’s Wellness,, Level 1 Fitness, Mitchell and Ness,, Fiji Water and Go Festive.

For more information or to order tickets click here.

The Ace Club will host the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s 8th Annual Philadelphia Prostate Cancer Fundraiser


The Ace Club will host the Prostate Cancer Foundation’s 8th Annual Philadelphia Prostate Cancer Fundraiser. Clay Hamlin and Neal Rodin invite you to join Michael Milken at the 8th Annual Philadelphia Prostate Cancer Fundraiser.