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Leukemia Research Foundation of Delware Gala Benefits Nemours

Foundation has pledged $1 million to Nemours cancer research

Monday, Mar 31, 2014

Delaware Valley

Natalia Ferrara, at left, is a childhood leukemia survivor.

The Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware (LRFDE) recently hosted its 7th Annual Black Tie Gala fundraiser at The Doubletree Hotel in Wilmington. Denni Ferrara, Foundation President and Founder, presided over the “Moonlight and Martinis” themed program. The LRFDE has pledged $1 million to Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children to further its promising pediatric cancer research and, to date, $250,000 has been donated.

Denni Ferrara

Don Yanick, a 13-year multiple myeloma survivor in attendance, said, “I am touched to be part of this special evening. Tonight is a night when we come together, each for our own personal reasons but with a common mission: to support blood cancer research.”

Ferrara thanked the guests for “another successful and memorable evening. With major sponsors, local businesses and individual donors, we have raised an incredible $225,000 for blood cancer research.”

Dr. Andy Kolb

The evening featured “Moonlight-inis” a silent auction and live auction and remarks by Andy Kolb, MD, Director of the Nemours Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. As the event drew to a close, guests were sent on their way to the tune of “Dancing in the Moonlight.”

The Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware is entirely volunteer driven and proud to say that 100% of proceeds go directly towards blood cancer research and supporting cancer patients and their families. The LRFDE mission is to provide ongoing funding to support cutting edge blood cancer research while actively advocating for advanced therapies and patient care.

For more information about the Leukemia Research Foundation of Delaware, visit

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.