Greenwich doctor honored tonight

The Melanoma Research Foundation, the largest and oldest organization devoted to fighting malignant melanoma, will hold its annual fundraising gala in New York City tonight, Oct. 11, at Gotham Hall at 1356 Broadway, at Broadway and 36th Street.

Andy Bronin, attending dermatologist at Greenwich Hospital and an associate clinical professor of dermatology at the Yale School of Medicine, will be receiving the foundation’s Humanitarian Award.

The evening’s very special entertainment will be performances by two young prodigies from the Juilliard School, 10-year-old violinist Elli Choi, and 16-year-old jazz pianist Beka Gochiashvili. Co-chairs of the event are Tom Cornacchia, and Carol & Lawrence Wolfe. Honorary Chairs are Greenwich resident Peter Malkin, Daniel F. Roses and John Castle.

The evening will start with cocktails at 6 p.m., with entertainment and speakers to follow. There will be a tasting event featuring some of New York City’s finest restaurants. Last year’s event attracted more than 400 attendees and raised more $670,000.

Melanoma is a cancer of pigment cells. It presents as a growth on the skin and, rarely, in the eye. Its appearance is typically dark or varied in color, is irregular, and has an uneven border. Like other cancers, it can metastasize and result in death. Approximately 70,000 new cases of invasive melanoma are diagnosed in the United States each year. It’s one of the most frequently occurring cancers in young adults ages 20 to 30-year’s old. It’s the main cause of cancer death in women 25 to 30 years old.

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