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2015 Spirit of Life Award Luncheon

 
Annually, the East End Chapter/Jeanne Kaye League of New York City presents City of Hope's Spirit of Life® Award to individuals of distinction who triumph over life's tribulations whether personal or universal. These honorees demonstrate extraordinary spirit and perseverance against struggles with which so many others can empathize. Their experiences, both negative and positive, serve as an inspiration to those that have mirrored circumstances.
 
A Spirit of Life® Award honoree represents all that embodies hope. The grace these individuals exude illuminates the lives of those touched by some of life's most debilitating afflictions. Their story serves as a warm embrace for those in similar circumstances, those who need a beacon, those who need hope.
 
This is the Spirit of Life®.
 

Our Honorees

Joan Lunden
 
For over 3 decades, Joan Lunden has been a trusted voice in American homes and truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. As the longest running host ever on early morning TV, Lunden greeted viewers every morning on Good Morning America for nearly twenty years. She reported from 26 countries, covered 5 presidents and 5 Olympics and provided insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day.

Today, Lunden is an award-winning journalist, bestselling author, health and wellness advocate, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, and a mom of seven children. She continues to keep Americans up-to-date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

In June of 2014, Lunden was diagnosed with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, which required chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. Since then, she has shared her journey through cancer treatment with the world, becoming a prominent voice in the breast cancer community. An eternal optimist, Lunden decided to take her diagnosis and turn it into an opportunity to help demystify cancer treatment.

On her website, JoanLunden.com, Lunden shares personal videos from treatment sessions, collaborative research from doctors and experts, as well as tips and advice collected from the interactive community created through her website. Also featured on JoanLunden.com, is content from various experts on health, wellness, lifestyle, caregiving, and boomers.
 
Bringing her passions to life, Lunden founded and runs a women’s wellness retreat, Camp Reveille, where women come to relax, recharge, jump-start their fitness and learn how to improve their health, all while having fun in a Maine summer camp setting. 

From her real-life experience, Lunden has a strong passion for family and elder caregiving.  She is the spokesperson for the nation’s leading senior referral service, A Place for Mom; and she recently co-authored a new edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregiving.

Lunden has served as national spokesperson for various organizations such as The American Heart Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, The American Lung Association, The American Red Cross, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and The Colon Cancer Alliance.  She speaks regularly around the country about health & wellness, parenting, success & balance in life, and more. One of the most visible women in America, Lunden has graced the covers of more than 40 magazines and book covers. Her books include Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregiving; Growing Up Healthy: Protecting Your Child From Diseases Now Through Adulthood; Wake-Up Calls; A Bend in the Road is Not the End of the Road; Joan Lunden’s Healthy Living; Joan Lunden’s Healthy Cooking; Mother’s Minutes Your Newborn Baby; and Good Morning, I’m Joan Lunden. She also hosts the exercise video Workout America.
 
 
Dr. Ellen Marmur
 
Dr. Ellen Marmur is a leading dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon. She is a recognized and admired expert in skin cancer diagnosis and surgery, Mohs surgery reconstructive surgery, cosmetic surgery, and women’s health dermatology. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Marmur is an Associate Clinical Professor in both the Department of Dermatology and the Department of Genetics & Genomic Research at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.
 
Dr. Marmur is a board-certified dermatologist with fellowship training in procedures such as Mohs Micrographic Surgery for skin cancers, and cosmetic surgery including laser treatments and injectables such as neuromodulators and fillers. Her pedigree includes nine years in full-time academia as the first Vice Chair of Surgical & Cosmetic Dermatology at the prestigious Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. She is an experienced clinical researcher, specializing in genomic analysis of the effects of sun exposure and aging on skin. At Mount Sinai, she created the first Skin Cancer & Anti-Aging Biobank and bridged a pioneering collaboration between the Department of Genetics & Genomic Science and the Department of Dermatology, and she holds an associate professorship in each department. Dr. Marmur was the director of the prestigious Procedural Dermatology Fellowship program and co-directs the Mount Sinai Dermatological Surgery Fellowship.
 
Dr. Marmur earned her degree in medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine with distinction in research on melanoma vaccines and the Alpha Omega Alpha award for overall academic and clinical excellence in medicine. She trained in internal medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and in dermatology at The New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital. In 2004, she completed her fellowship in Mohs Micrographic surgery. Dr. Marmur is a spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology, and an active member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, The New York Dermatologic Society, Women’s Dermatologic Society, American Medical Women’s Association, American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, and American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

Due to her acknowledged expertise in skin cancer and dermatology, Dr. Marmur is regularly quoted in articles in major magazines and newspapers, and she has made frequent appearances on television programs such as The Dr. Oz Show and The Today Show.
 
Dr. Marmur is the author of Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman’s Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin (Simon & Schuster), a comprehensive guide to skin care that covers everything from skin cancer and sun protection to cosmetic procedures and anti-aging products. She has authored many original contributions to the academic dermatological literature, articles and book chapters, and has been principle investigator on over one hundred research protocols.
 
Dr. Ellen Marmur has been the principle investigator on over one hundred research studies. Her current research includes FDA trials on the first-in-class treatment of advanced basal cell carcinoma approved in 2012 called Erivedge, and many new treatments for actinic keratoses. Her current interest is in genomic and epigenetic analysis of the effects of sun exposure and aging on skin.
 

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Former East End Chapter Spirit of Life Honorees

“My personal experience of fighting and surviving breast cancer could not have happened without the extraordinary advances in scientific research and medical treatment at institutions like City of Hope. I am honored to be recognized by an organization that embodies hope and provides compassionate care to patients and their families.”
- Spirit of Life Honoree Susan Sokol, 2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
- 2012 Spirit of Life Award Luncheon
(l-r) - 2012 Award Honorees - East End Chapter Co-President,
Ann Levine, actress Jane Krakowski, and President & COO of
J. Mendel, Susan Sokol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2011 Spirit of Life Award Luncheon -
(l-r) - 2011 Award Honorees - Laura Geller, Robin Roberts, &
Co-President of the East End Chapter/Jeanne Kaye League,
Honey Cook
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
- 2010 Spirit of Life Award Luncheon
(l-r) - Presenter Hoda Kotb (2009 Award Honoree),
2010 Award Honorees - Kathie Lee Gifford,
Kristin Chenoweth, & President of Yummie Tummie,
Heather Thomson with presenter Kelly Rowland
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2009 Spirit of Life Award Luncheon -
(l-r) - Presenter Ann Curry, 2009 Award Honorees -
Hoda Kotb & Kay Unger with presenter Tim Gunn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"The research conducted at the City of Hope medical campus is crucial in the fight against cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and the many other life-threatening diseases that devastate lives all over the world. I am particularly pleased to support City of Hope because of the important medical advances it has contributed to the fight against colorectal cancer."
- Spirit of Life Honoree Katie Couric, 1999

Spirit of Life Spring Luncheon

2015 Spirit of Life Award Luncheon

 
Annually, the East End Chapter/Jeanne Kaye League of New York City presents City of Hope's Spirit of Life® Award to individuals of distinction who triumph over life's tribulations whether personal or universal. These honorees demonstrate extraordinary spirit and perseverance against struggles with which so many others can empathize. Their experiences, both negative and positive, serve as an inspiration to those that have mirrored circumstances.
 
A Spirit of Life® Award honoree represents all that embodies hope. The grace these individuals exude illuminates the lives of those touched by some of life's most debilitating afflictions. Their story serves as a warm embrace for those in similar circumstances, those who need a beacon, those who need hope.
 
This is the Spirit of Life®.
 

Our Honorees

Our Honorees

Joan Lunden
 
For over 3 decades, Joan Lunden has been a trusted voice in American homes and truly exemplifies today’s modern working woman. As the longest running host ever on early morning TV, Lunden greeted viewers every morning on Good Morning America for nearly twenty years. She reported from 26 countries, covered 5 presidents and 5 Olympics and provided insight to top issues for millions of Americans each day.

Today, Lunden is an award-winning journalist, bestselling author, health and wellness advocate, motivational speaker, successful entrepreneur, and a mom of seven children. She continues to keep Americans up-to-date on how to care for their homes, their families and themselves.

In June of 2014, Lunden was diagnosed with Triple-Negative Breast Cancer, which required chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. Since then, she has shared her journey through cancer treatment with the world, becoming a prominent voice in the breast cancer community. An eternal optimist, Lunden decided to take her diagnosis and turn it into an opportunity to help demystify cancer treatment.

On her website, JoanLunden.com, Lunden shares personal videos from treatment sessions, collaborative research from doctors and experts, as well as tips and advice collected from the interactive community created through her website. Also featured on JoanLunden.com, is content from various experts on health, wellness, lifestyle, caregiving, and boomers.
 
Bringing her passions to life, Lunden founded and runs a women’s wellness retreat, Camp Reveille, where women come to relax, recharge, jump-start their fitness and learn how to improve their health, all while having fun in a Maine summer camp setting. 

From her real-life experience, Lunden has a strong passion for family and elder caregiving.  She is the spokesperson for the nation’s leading senior referral service, A Place for Mom; and she recently co-authored a new edition of Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregiving.

Lunden has served as national spokesperson for various organizations such as The American Heart Association, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, The American Lung Association, The American Red Cross, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and The Colon Cancer Alliance.  She speaks regularly around the country about health & wellness, parenting, success & balance in life, and more. One of the most visible women in America, Lunden has graced the covers of more than 40 magazines and book covers. Her books include Chicken Soup for the Soul: Family Caregiving; Growing Up Healthy: Protecting Your Child From Diseases Now Through Adulthood; Wake-Up Calls; A Bend in the Road is Not the End of the Road; Joan Lunden’s Healthy Living; Joan Lunden’s Healthy Cooking; Mother’s Minutes Your Newborn Baby; and Good Morning, I’m Joan Lunden. She also hosts the exercise video Workout America.
 
 
Dr. Ellen Marmur
 
Dr. Ellen Marmur is a leading dermatologist and dermatologic surgeon. She is a recognized and admired expert in skin cancer diagnosis and surgery, Mohs surgery reconstructive surgery, cosmetic surgery, and women’s health dermatology. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Marmur is an Associate Clinical Professor in both the Department of Dermatology and the Department of Genetics & Genomic Research at The Mount Sinai Medical Center.
 
Dr. Marmur is a board-certified dermatologist with fellowship training in procedures such as Mohs Micrographic Surgery for skin cancers, and cosmetic surgery including laser treatments and injectables such as neuromodulators and fillers. Her pedigree includes nine years in full-time academia as the first Vice Chair of Surgical & Cosmetic Dermatology at the prestigious Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. She is an experienced clinical researcher, specializing in genomic analysis of the effects of sun exposure and aging on skin. At Mount Sinai, she created the first Skin Cancer & Anti-Aging Biobank and bridged a pioneering collaboration between the Department of Genetics & Genomic Science and the Department of Dermatology, and she holds an associate professorship in each department. Dr. Marmur was the director of the prestigious Procedural Dermatology Fellowship program and co-directs the Mount Sinai Dermatological Surgery Fellowship.
 
Dr. Marmur earned her degree in medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine with distinction in research on melanoma vaccines and the Alpha Omega Alpha award for overall academic and clinical excellence in medicine. She trained in internal medicine at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and in dermatology at The New York-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Hospital. In 2004, she completed her fellowship in Mohs Micrographic surgery. Dr. Marmur is a spokesperson for the American Academy of Dermatology, and an active member of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, The New York Dermatologic Society, Women’s Dermatologic Society, American Medical Women’s Association, American College of Mohs Micrographic Surgery and Cutaneous Oncology, and American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery.

Due to her acknowledged expertise in skin cancer and dermatology, Dr. Marmur is regularly quoted in articles in major magazines and newspapers, and she has made frequent appearances on television programs such as The Dr. Oz Show and The Today Show.
 
Dr. Marmur is the author of Simple Skin Beauty: Every Woman’s Guide to a Lifetime of Healthy, Gorgeous Skin (Simon & Schuster), a comprehensive guide to skin care that covers everything from skin cancer and sun protection to cosmetic procedures and anti-aging products. She has authored many original contributions to the academic dermatological literature, articles and book chapters, and has been principle investigator on over one hundred research protocols.
 
Dr. Ellen Marmur has been the principle investigator on over one hundred research studies. Her current research includes FDA trials on the first-in-class treatment of advanced basal cell carcinoma approved in 2012 called Erivedge, and many new treatments for actinic keratoses. Her current interest is in genomic and epigenetic analysis of the effects of sun exposure and aging on skin.
 

Photos 2014

Photos 2014

Former Honorees

Former East End Chapter Spirit of Life Honorees

“My personal experience of fighting and surviving breast cancer could not have happened without the extraordinary advances in scientific research and medical treatment at institutions like City of Hope. I am honored to be recognized by an organization that embodies hope and provides compassionate care to patients and their families.”
- Spirit of Life Honoree Susan Sokol, 2012
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
- 2012 Spirit of Life Award Luncheon
(l-r) - 2012 Award Honorees - East End Chapter Co-President,
Ann Levine, actress Jane Krakowski, and President & COO of
J. Mendel, Susan Sokol
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2011 Spirit of Life Award Luncheon -
(l-r) - 2011 Award Honorees - Laura Geller, Robin Roberts, &
Co-President of the East End Chapter/Jeanne Kaye League,
Honey Cook
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
- 2010 Spirit of Life Award Luncheon
(l-r) - Presenter Hoda Kotb (2009 Award Honoree),
2010 Award Honorees - Kathie Lee Gifford,
Kristin Chenoweth, & President of Yummie Tummie,
Heather Thomson with presenter Kelly Rowland
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
2009 Spirit of Life Award Luncheon -
(l-r) - Presenter Ann Curry, 2009 Award Honorees -
Hoda Kotb & Kay Unger with presenter Tim Gunn
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
"The research conducted at the City of Hope medical campus is crucial in the fight against cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and the many other life-threatening diseases that devastate lives all over the world. I am particularly pleased to support City of Hope because of the important medical advances it has contributed to the fight against colorectal cancer."
- Spirit of Life Honoree Katie Couric, 1999
Event Details
Monday, May 11, 2015
The Plaza Hotel
Fifth Avenue at Central Park South
New York, NY 10019
 
 
 
 
For more information:
Lizabeth Macoretta
800-344-8169
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Previous Honorees
Previous East End Chapter/Jeanne Kaye League honorees include Susan Sokol, Jane Krakowski, Ann Levine, Robin Roberts, Laura Geller, Elayne “Honey” Cook, Kristin Chenoweth, Kathie Lee Gifford, Heather Thomson, Kay Unger, Hoda Kotb, Brooke Shields, Fran Drescher, Kelly Ripa, Katie Couric, Cindy Crawford, Ivana Trump, Mary Tyler Moore, Beverly Sills, Meredith Vieira and Paula Zahn.
 
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