By Bruce Northam

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Dr. Waxman—Global Cancer-Fighting Brain Trust Captain—Rocks Wall Street

Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation raises $2.5
million for liberation from cancer.

Sam Waxman captivating his audience at Cipriani Wall Street

The
Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation hosted its 21st annual benefit dinner
and auction featuring American folk-rock band Dawes. Approximately $2.5 million was
raised to support cancer research while the authentically vintage quintet raised
the roof at Cipriani Wall Street. Cipriani Wall Street is
a towering triumph of Greek revival architecture and
one heck of a place to enjoy a fantastic band—and a great cause, the ultimate red carpet for cancer survivors.
It’s all about finding cancer before it finds you.

The main focus of this annual event is supporting
cutting-edge cancer research—Dr. Samuel Waxman handily
redefining the concept of Collaborating for
a Cure
by traveling the country and the world to expand his
global brain trust. Entertainment aside, the energy in this epic auditorium
bustling with some of New York’s most influential finance and medical
heavy-hitters was not about being seen, but more about supporting a visionary
cancer specialist and founder and CEO of Samuel Waxman Cancer Research
Foundation. Waxman, a disarming dream-come-true maker, who while mixing affably
with everyone, also introduced me to some of his patients who have overcome the
odds to beat cancer and continue to thrive.

Q.
(for Waxman) “What’s the latest breaking news in cancer?”

A.
(Waxman) “Cancer is a disease of aging. The longer you live, the better chance
you have of getting it. We have to change that and secure the next generation
by understanding why.”

Waxman’s
vision: Imagine a world in which cancer can be treated without disrupting life,
can be cured, or can even be prevented. Known affectionately by New Yorkers as
“The Waxman,” the yearly gala is considered to be among the top fundraising
events in New York City. Waxman’s laboratory is at the Icahn School of Medicine
at Mount Sinai.

The
fundraiser’s brainchild is Long Island native Michael Nierenberg, a
philanthropist who is Chairman of the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation. Nierenberg, a CW
Post graduate, investment guru, and classic rocker also had his fingerprint on
the event’s soundtrack before the live performance. Nierenberg noted
that annual gala continues to “Further consolidate the live auction by raising
money in advance—and keeping the event fun.”

Once again, CBS News anchor
Chris Wragge was the Master of Ceremony (this time virtually from the CBS 2
News studio) while auction donations and bids were received via texts and
raised hands. The live auction, led by ever-humorous Hugh Hildesley,
Executive Vice President of Sotheby’s Auction House, offered guests the
opportunity to bid on many dandy items including a cockapoo puppy (winning bid
of $7,000), chic dinner dates, two house seats to Springsteen on
Broadway, and exotic vacations.

The
event was attended by Waxman Foundation board members and 800 corporate
executives and their guests. The money raised will support the Foundation’s
research efforts to produce a cure for cancer by reprogramming cancer cells and
to deliver tailored, minimally toxic treatments to patients. The scientists funded
have made significant breakthroughs in cancer research, including identifying
pathways to deliver novel therapies to treat cancer.

Check out the Samuel Waxman Cancer Research Foundation—and Collaborating for A Cure.

Dr. Samuel Waxman

The prior year’s musical guest was The Avett Brothers. Past celebrity supporters have included Roger Daltry, John Fogerty, Ziggy Marley, Train, the Warren Haynes Band, Kid Rock, Chevy Chase, Steely Dan, Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, and Counting Crows.