Conquer Cancer Foundation Launches $150M Campaign in Chicago

by Sommer Thornton

May 27th marked the launch of the Conquer Cancer Foundation’s Fundraiser amidst the 51st Annual American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Meeting in Chicago, May 29-June 2, 2015.

Honorary Campaign Co-Chair Desiree Rogers speaking during the
Conquer Cancer Foundation Campaign Kickoff Dinner at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago
on Saturday, May 30, 2015, during the ASCO Annual Meeting. 

The Conquer Cancer Foundation funds research, develops programs to improve the quality of life, and provide access to care for patients. Desiree Rogers, CEO of Johnson Publishing Company and a breast cancer survivor, the Chicago Cubs, and a host of other Chicago community and business leaders have teamed up with the foundation to raise funds and help conquer cancer.

"As a cancer survivor and proud Chicagoan, I am proud that Chicago is hosting the leading cancer experts of the world and supporting their drive to conquer cancer," said Desirée Rogers, who serves as the Honorary Co-Chair of the campaign.

To kick off the fundraiser, on May 30th the Conquer Cancer Foundation held a Gala at the Ritz Carleton hosted by Rogers. The Gala included guests: Alpana Singh, Sommelier and Restaurateur; Ebs Burnough, Former White House Deputy Social Secretary; Neal Zucker, Entrepreneur and Philanthropist; Jay Michael, Lifestyle Architect and Real Estate Developer; and Linda Johnson Rice, Chairman of Johnson Publishing Company. 

From left to right: Linda Johnson Rice, Jay Michael,
Alpana Singh, Neal Zucker, Ebs Burnough, Desiree Rogers, and Marko Iglendza
Along with a performance from blues legend Mavis Staples, remarks were heard from W. Charles Penley, M.D., Chair of Conquer Cancer Foundation Board of Directors; Robert Mayer, M.D, Campaign Co-Chair, Faculty Vice President for Academic Affairs and Institute Physician, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Stephen B. Kay Family Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School; and Thomas Roberts, M.D., Campaign Co-Chair, Managing Member of Farallon Capital Management, LLC

Chair of CCF Board of Directors W. Charles Penley, MD, FASCO,
speaking during the Conquer Cancer Foundation Campaign Kickoff Dinner
at The Ritz-Carlton Chicago on Saturday, May 30, 2015,
during the ASCO Annual Meeting.
The Campaign to Conquer Cancer plans to raise $150 million by June 2017 through a mix of high-profile advertising, social media, and community and sporting events, all with a single message – Together, we're taking down cancer.

"We are very excited to kick off The Campaign to Conquer Cancer in Chicago in conjunction with the ASCO Annual Meeting," said W. Charles Penley, MD, FASCO, Chair of the Conquer Cancer Foundation Board of Directors. "This great city has welcomed the cancer community and our annual meeting for many years, and this year the response to our campaign has been extraordinary. The Cubs, along with dozens of other Chicago businesses, civic and business leaders, have stepped up to ensure that the kickoff is wildly successful, and we are very grateful for their support."

About the Conquer Cancer Foundation

The Conquer Cancer Foundation (CCF) was created by the world's foremost cancer doctors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology to seek dramatic advances in the prevention, treatment and cures of all types of cancer. Toward the vision of a world free from the fear of cancer, CCF works to conquer this disease by funding breakthrough cancer research and sharing cutting-edge knowledge with patients and physicians worldwide, and by improving the quality of care and access to care, enhancing for the lives of all who are touched by cancer. CCF supports ASCO's award-winning Cancer.Net, a comprehensive, accurate, oncologist-approved site with information on more than 120 cancer types for people living with cancer and those who care for them. For more information, visit

To learn more about the Campaign to Conquer Cancer and get involved visit, #ConquerCancer.

- Photos by © ASCO/Zach Boyden-Holmes 2015

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