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2019 Annual Dinner Raises $1.2 Mil for Childhood Cancer & Blood Disorders

BY Kadesha Washington

Over 470 friends and supporters gathered at The Lighthouse (Chelsea Piers) for the Hope & Heroes Annual Dinner and raised more than $1.2 million for the pediatric oncology and hematology program at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. It is our biggest fundraiser of the year and one of the most sought-after charity events, attracting support from financial and business organizations in the tri-state area.

What’s In A Name?

BY Kadesha Washington

Stacy Kim and Kyle Okimoto, captains of Team GOAT, share how important the support of the Hope & Heroes Walk community (no matter how near or far) is to a patient’s journey. 

A Family Fight Against Sickle Cell Disease

BY Katie Leiby

Three years ago, Dr. Monica Bhatia came to our office and told us she had a family in the clinic that had starting fundraising for Sickle Cell Disease, but needed a charity partner to help, and would we like to meet them. The answer- of course! Little did we know that meeting Jayden Salomon and his family

Our Nurses are MVPs!

BY Katie Leiby

There is not one patient family that we talk to that doesn’t tell us about the impact of the nurses in the Division of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Stem Cell Transplantation here at Columbia University Medical Center. Today, we want to share with you the above and beyond efforts of our nursing team, and invite

My Eight Year Old Taught Me to Love Fundraising

BY Patty Cavallo

Since 2010, Team Sienna has loudly and proudly raised over $100,000 for the Hope & Heroes Walk. People may see that number and assume we’ve gotten there through large donations, but it’s exactly the opposite. We’ve learned that lots of little things can go a long way. I’ve been actively fundraising for pediatric cancer since

Hope: It’s What’s For Dinner

BY Jeremy Shatan

The Hope & Heroes Annual Dinner was started by Mike & Marianne Brown as a small event 14 years ago to celebrate the end of treatment for their daughter, Katie. Through the support of a growing number of dedicated people, the event has become our largest annual fundraiser, providing significant resources for many needs. But the sentiment

Why We Walk: Team Uma Buma!

BY Jeremy Shatan

Sometime last year, amazing baked goods began appearing in the outpatient clinic. Gourmet doughnuts, cookies from Levain – the most delicious stuff imaginable – and it was there for patients, families and staff to enjoy. We asked around to find out who was making  this happen. Was it the bakeries themselves? Was it a local

What Motivates Me?

BY Kathryn Leiby

When thinking about the question “What motivates me?” for the Hope & Heroes Walk the obvious answer would be my job. As Events & Outreach Manager at Hope & Heroes, I’m the person behind all of our major events and most of our community events.  But, to me, the Walk is so much more than

A Top Team For Research

BY Jeremy Shatan

There’s no question that being a Top Team in the Hope & Heroes Walk requires motivation. Raising $15,000 or more from family, friends and colleagues can be a lot of work. Dr. Julia Glade Bender, in addition to leading our Developmental Therapeutics Program, is captain of Team DVL, a perennial Top Team. Here’s why she walks,