Center for HOPE to honor Barbara Netter during annual luncheon

Barbara Netter

Barbara Netter

During its annual luncheon on Wednesday, April 23, in Darien, the Center for HOPE will recognize the many contributions of Greenwich resident Barbara Netter toward the advancement of gene therapy-based cancer treatments.

Ms. Netter is the president of the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT), a nonprofit organization she founded with her late husband, Edward, in 2001. She has raised nearly $22.5 million for numerous gene therapy research initiatives around the world. Over the years, ACGT’s support has been instrumental in launching 17 human clinical trials addressing lung, ovarian, prostate and breast cancer, as well as lymphoma and leukemia.

For her work in providing millions of cancer patients with a “renewed sense of optimism,” Ms. Netter will be presented with the Ray of HOPE Award during the luncheon at Darien’s Woodway Country Club. The Ray of HOPE is the Center for HOPE’s highest honor that recognizes a member of the community whose efforts assist those coping with a loss, critical illness or life-altering circumstance.

In addition to her work with ACGT, Ms. Netter has been involved with The Den for Grieving Kids, a Family Centers program providing support to children and families who have lost a loved one.

Tickets and sponsorship information for the Center for HOPE Luncheon are available now on This year’s event will feature a keynote address by Huffington Post founder and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Center for HOPE and The Den for Grieving Kids. For more information, contact Aleksa Lazarewicz at 203-869-4848 or [email protected]

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