BY JUDY CARMACK BROSS
With a goal to help the Children’s Research Fund “rewrite the possibilities” for patients and families treated at Lurie Children’s Hospital, the recent Children’s Ball raised more than $3.75 million to further advance innovative medical research at the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute at Lurie’s.
Chairs Laura and Craig Martin and John Simpson spoke, following a performance by Children’s Hospital champion, patient Olivia Ports, 17, who sang “The First Day of My Life” by Bright Eyes, the American indie rock band, to describe her life-changing experience at the hospital.
Lurie President and CEO, Patrick Magoon; Chief Research Officer at the Manne Institute, Dr. Thomas Stanley; and Children’s Research Fund Chair, Donna Drescher; also spoke before a live auction, paddle raise, and dancing to the music of the Larry King Orchestra. Donna said:
“The overarching goal is eradicating the suffering caused by debilitating diseases and birth defects. Our board members and guests depart from the event knowing that their contributions are providing cutting-edge research, precision treatment methods, and customized care.”
The funds raised at the extraordinary celebration of Lurie’s international yet individual-by-individual role in changing children’s lives go towards the $10 million commitment to the full spectrum of research conducted at the Manne Research Institute.
Photo credit: Ana Miyares