Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation to honor Tom Brokaw

Tom Brokaw

Tom Brokaw

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is proud to announce that it will honor Tom Brokaw, special correspondent for NBC News who is living with multiple myeloma, with its Spirit of Hope Award at the MMRF Annual Fall Gala on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Hyatt Regency in Old Greenwich.

Funds raised through this premier event will benefit the innovative cancer research models of the MMRF, which are aimed at accelerating the development of new treatments to extend the lives of patients and to lead to a cure of multiple myeloma, the second most prevalent blood cancer.

The MMRF Spirit of Hope Award is the highest honor presented by the foundation and is given in recognition of the extraordinary contributions by the honoree to inspiring hope through the person’s life and work. Throughout his prolific career, Mr. Brokaw has brought awareness and reform to numerous causes, such as AIDS, global warming, education reform, human rights issues, and medical research to benefit the lives of countless people around the world.

“It is a privilege to be honored by the MMRF, a groundbreaking cancer research foundation that is directly benefiting the lives of so many patients,” Mr. Brokaw said. “The MMRF is defining a new era in cancer research and will not stop until cures are found.”

At the MMRF Annual Fall Gala, Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News and a member of the MMRF honorary board of directors, will serve as master of ceremonies. Mr. Williams was honored at the MMRF Annual Fall Gala in 2005 with the MMRF Leadership Award in recognition of his commitment to the foundation.

“No organization is doing more to shape the future of cancer research,” Mr. Williams said. “I am grateful to serve as the master of ceremonies for this year’s event in celebration of my good friend and colleague Tom Brokaw.”

The evening will culminate with a special performance by world-renowned trumpeter, bandleader and composer Wynton Marsalis. The first jazz musician ever awarded the Pulitzer Prize in music, Mr. Marsalis has created a vital body of work that places him among the finest musicians and composers in the world.

In addition to honoring Mr. Brokaw, the MMRF will present William N. Hait MD, Ph.D., global head of Janssen Research & Development LLC, with the MMRF Corporate Leadership Award. The MMRF is presenting this award in recognition of Mr. Janssen’s commitment to multiple myeloma patients and their strong partnership with the MMRF.

“We are thrilled to honor Tom Brokaw and Janssen and we look forward to an inspirational evening with Brian Williams as our host and Wynton Marsalis as our musical headliner,” said Walter M. Capone, CEO and president of the MMRF. “Most importantly, this evening will provide an opportunity to support MMRF efforts to advance cutting-edge cancer research with the speed and innovation that are enabling the unprecedented success of the MMRF and our partners.”

For more information about the MMRF Annual Fall Gala, visit To reserve a table, donate an auction item or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, email [email protected] or call 888-584-5463.

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