Center for HOPE honors Netter

Family Centers’ President Bob Arnold and Barbara Netter.

Family Centers’ President Bob Arnold and Barbara Netter.

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

As the President of the Alliance for Cancer Gene Therapy (ACGT) — a nonprofit organization she founded with her late husband, Edward, in 2001 — Ms. Netter 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 “providing millions of cancer patients with a renewed sense of optimism,” Ms. Netter was presented with the Ray of HOPE Award. The Ray of HOPE is the Center for HOPE’s highest honor that highlights a member of the community whose efforts assist those coping with a loss, critical illness or life-altering circumstance.

“We are delighted to recognize Barbara with a Ray of HOPE Award, shinning the light on her body of work in the area of critical illness and bereavement,” said Bob Arnold, Family Centers’ president. “Barbara truly inspires us, as her bountiful efforts continue to fill our world with hope and compassion.”

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

The Center for HOPE Luncheon also featured a keynote address from Huffington Post founder and editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington.

All proceeds from the event benefited the Center for HOPE and The Den for Grieving Kids.

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