The Auxiliary Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Chicago Magazine Present the 13th Annual Summer Lovin’ Event
Typically attended by more than 1,000 young professionals, Summer Lovin’ will be an evening filled with delicious food from leading Chicago restaurants, cocktails, and outstanding entertainment, as well as access to the MCA’s eclectic exhibits. Proceeds from the event will support innovative bone marrow transplant research to improve cancer care at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
“We are thrilled to continue our legacy of supporting innovative research designed to address contemporary medical issues,” said Mindy Kurlansky, board president. “Thanks to our partner, Chicago magazine, we are able to produce Summer Lovin', the single best event of the summer. Our sponsors and the magazine's featured singles provide Chicago's young professionals with an unforgettable evening of food, drinks, and fun.”
Summer Lovin’ will benefit an innovative research study in bone marrow transplant, led by John Galvin, MD, hematopoietic stem cell transplant fellow at Northwestern Memorial. Bone marrow transplant, also called hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT), is the only chance for a cure in many types of blood cancers. However, success is limited by a common and sometimes fatal complication in which the donor cells begin to attack the host. This complication is called graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). The current method used to prevent GVHD is long term immunosuppressive therapy, which carries an additional risk of infection for the patient.
“Our research team will attempt to prevent GVHD by inducing a specific tolerance within the donor cells—instead of inhibiting the patient’s whole immune system,” said Galvin. “If this novel approach proves successful, it could result in a safer stem cell transplant, making this important treatment accessible to a greater number of patients with blood cancers.”
In partnership with the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Northwestern Memorial provides the best possible care to patients and their families and caregivers. The Lurie Cancer Center is a National Cancer Institute (NCI) designated "comprehensive" cancer center and a founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, which is an alliance of 21 of the country's leading cancer centers. This network is dedicated to enhancing cancer care by developing clinical practice guidelines which are updated each year to help patients understand treatment recommendations. Northwestern oncologists are active and key participants in cancer initiatives. Physicians also hold leadership roles in numerous professional organizations nationally.
Tickets are $85 until midnight on Friday, May 31, then $95 through the event. VIP tickets, which include transportation and front-of-line access to the after-party at Drumbar, cover, and a complimentary cocktail, are an additional $20. Attire for the event is casual chic. To purchase tickets, visit www.auxboardnmh.org or contact Jamal Bowleg at Northwestern Memorial Foundation at 312-926-4530.
For more information on cancer care at Northwestern Memorial, visit the hematology/oncology program website.