Back Bay and South End Residents Help Raise $245,000 for the Friends of the Mass. General Cancer Center

On Oct. 25, The Friends of the Mass General Cancer Center hosted its 27th annual fall benefit, Couture for Cancer Care, and brought nearly 300 together at the InterContinental Boston Hotel for a fashion show with patients and their caregivers to celebrate survivorship.

The Friends of the Mass General Cancer Center are volunteers who raise funds to bridge exceptional medical and supportive cancer care through innovative programs that promote whole-person healing.

Co-Chaired by Kay Mukherjee of Back Bay along with Marion Martignetti of Osterville and Leslie McCafferty of Lexington, the evening raised $245,000 to fund a wide range of supportive care services, all of which are provided to cancer patients and families at no cost.

TV host, producer and personality Jenny Johnson of the South End welcomed the crowd and kicked off the fashion show with David P. Ryan, MD, Clinical Director, Mass General Cancer Center and Chief, Division of Hematology/Oncology. Together, they announced the patient/doctor duos as they walked the runway, cheered on by their friends and family in the crowd. President of the Friends, Back Bay’s Brenda Warshaw, concluded the show.

Event partners Cole Haan, Details and Goods, Fulham Salon, Giorgio Armani Beauty, Mr. Sid, and Vineyard Vines dressed and prepped the 11 patient-caregiver duos for the runway show, while DJ Deja delivered the music.

Since its inception in 1988, The Friends of the Mass General Cancer Center has raised over $7 million. The Friends utilize 100 percent of all donations from individuals, corporations and foundations to fund supportive care services for people living with cancer. Programs include the MGH Lymphedema Screening Program, which incorporates lymphedema screening as part of the standard of care for all newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, and The Katherine A. Gallagher Integrative Therapies Program, which improves the well-being of patients, their families and friends through free services like music therapy, art therapy, ear acupuncture, massage therapy, Reiki, yoga and qigong. Visitgiving.massgeneral.org/cancer/friends-of-the-cancer-center/ to learn more.

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