The Breast Cancer Research Foundation
BCRF turned its annual New York City Hot Pink gala into a virtual experience that raised more than $5.2 million to ensure that our lifesaving research continues, even in the midst of the current global crisis.
The star-studded program included a tribute to Hamilton star Mandy Gonzalez, who recently completed breast cancer treatment. Sir Elton John, Elizabeth Hurley, Norbert Leo Butz, Deborah Norville, Laura Benanti, Karlie Kloss, Edie Falco, Rachael Ray, Gretta Monahan, Carly Hughes, Joan Lunden, Amy Robach, Nile Rodgers, and many more supporters recorded messages of support for those affected by breast cancer and BCRF. Steven Tabakin served as director and executive producer of the program with video design and production by Batwin and Robin Productions.
Professional ballet dancer and advocate Maggie Kudirka, who was diagnosed with stage IV metastatic breast cancer at 23 and is currently in treatment, gave moving remarks about navigating a new normal. “Our support system and loved ones are no longer allowed to come with us to treatments. We have to wear extra protective gear. We, as a community, are in uncharted waters, and we’ll get through this together.”
Breast cancer does not stop for COVID-19, and neither will BCRF.