“The Melanoma Research Foundation is important because they are getting the word out on the important issues—not only treatment of advanced disease, but surveillance of people with high risk of melanoma,” says Dr. Arthur Rhodes, who also holds a master’s in public health. Rhodes was honored with the Humanitarian Award at Melanoma Research Foundation’s Wings of Hope Gala on Sept. 26, 2018. The Melanoma Research Foundation is the largest independent organization dedicated to melanoma research.
The fourth annual gala celebrated the accomplishments of the Melanoma Research Foundation and the foundation’s commitment to the work that still needs to be done. Alongside Rhodes, Dr. Jennifer N. Choi of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University and her husband, Dr. Jaehyuk Choi of Northwestern University, were also honored for their outstanding service to the melanoma patient community.
WGN’s Dina Bair, a melanoma cancer survivor and cancer awareness advocate, hosted the glamorous gala. Guests enjoyed bites from some of Chicago’s favorite restaurants, cocktails, and inspirational speeches from advocates of the melanoma community. Through fundraising and a silent auction, the event raised over $240,000 to fund Melanoma Research Foundation’s research efforts.