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ABC’s Good Morning America Co-Host Robin Roberts presents Dr. Sergio Giralt with the Dr. E. Donnall Thomas Award

Honoree Sergio Giralt, Chief of the Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center was singled out for his outstanding achievements in the field of bone marrow transplantation with The Bone Marrow Foundation’s inaugural Dr. E. Donnall Thomas Award. ABC-TV’s Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, who is a patient of Dr. Giralt’s, presented Dr. Giralt with this prestigious honor and recognition.


Dr. Sergio Giralt Receives the Inaugural Dr. E. Donnall Thomas Award

The Bone Marrow Foundation’s Be A Lifeline Gala on May 16 was co-hosted by Good Morning America co-anchors Josh Elliott and Sam Champion. Since 1992, The Foundation has been dedicated to improving the quality of life for bone marrow, stem cell, and cord blood transplant patients and their families by providing vital financial assistance, educational information, and emotional support programs.

Honoree Sergio Giralt, Chief of the Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center was singled out for his outstanding achievements in the field of bone marrow transplantation with The Bone Marrow Foundation’s inaugural Dr. E. Donnall Thomas Award. ABC-TV’s Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts, who is a patient of Dr. Giralt’s, presented Dr. Giralt with this prestigious honor and recognition.

Executive Director and Founder of The Bone Marrow Foundation, Christina Merrill, stated “Naming a physician’s award after the father of transplantation is one of the highest distinctions a transplant doctor can receive and I was so pleased that Mrs. Thomas endorsed this honor in memory of her late husband.”

The Dr. E. Donnall Thomas Award celebrates the groundbreaking work of the late Dr. E. Donnall Thomas and honors medical professionals who continue to exemplify his outstanding achievements in the field of bone marrow transplantation. Dr. Thomas forever changed the world of cancer treatment when he pioneered bone marrow transplantation at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, a breakthrough that stands among the world’s most significant medical advances and earned him the 1990 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine. The lives of thousands of patients with a variety of cancers and blood disorders are saved every year as a result of the work of Dr. E. Donnall Thomas and those who continue to work in the field of transplantation.

In his acceptance speech, Dr. Giralt stated “How honored and privileged I am that The Bone Marrow Foundation has awarded me with their first [Dr.] E. Donnnall Thomas award, the father of the field that I love and cherish.”


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2013 Be A Lifeline Gala

The Bone Marrow Foundation’s Be A Lifeline Gala was held on May 16. The evening was successful and inspiring with over 220 guests in attendance and over $500,000 raised. Those honored were Dr. Sergio Giralt with the Dr. E. Donnall Thomas Award, Charlotte Moss with the Brandon Tartikoff Award and Seun Adebiyi with the Gift of Life Award.


2013 Annual Sports Legends Golf Classic

Sports LegendsOn May 4 and 5, golfers and their guests attended our Annual Sports Legends Golf Classic. The event raised awareness to help support the Foundation’s efforts to help families who are facing the overwhelming costs associated with bone marrow/stem cell transplants.

We are grateful to all who attended; you made a difference in the lives of many children and adults facing a difficult challenge.

Bill Cowher and Jason Bolton

Honoree NFL coach, Bill Cowher and Jason Bolton


Partnering for Patients

GristedesGristedes is pleased to announce that it is partnering with The Bone Marrow Foundation to help raise awareness among New Yorkers of such a worthwhile cause. From November 2012 through February 2013, Gristedes will be raising money for The Bone Marrow Foundation. Gristedes customers can support this cause by making a donation when they checkout at any Gristedes or Red Apple supermarket. Additionally, the John and Margo Catsimatidis Foundation has generously offered to match the donations collected from Gristedes customers.

Gristedes and the John and Margo Catsimatidis Foundation commend The Bone Marrow Foundation for its work to support children and adults who are undergoing bone marrow transplantation and are honored to support such a worthy cause

Click here to find a Gristedes location near you.


A Friend-raiser

Crowd at Doubles

Crowd at Doubles

We had a great turnout for our “Friend-raiser” on January 16, 2013. New and long-standing friends flocked to Doubles at the Sherry Netherland Hotel to enjoy drinks, delicious appetizers, and learn more about The Bone Marrow Foundation. After thanking Missey Condie and Sherri Grace for their tremendous work organizing the event, Christina Merrill, the Foundation’s Executive Director, spoke briefly about the mission of the organization and invited the audience to get involved, especially through Lifeline Project. Dr. Juliet Barker, Director of the Cord Blood Transplantation Program at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, provided the crowd with insight into the bone marrow transplant process and the struggles experienced by patients and their families.


Founder & Executive Director Receives Award

The Bone Marrow Foundation is proud to announce that the organization’s founder and Executive Director, Christina Merrill, has been selected to receive Traditional Home magazine’s 2011 Classic Woman Award. In its November/December 2011 issue, the magazine profiles five women who are making a measurable difference in their communities and in the lives of others. This year, supporters and The Bone Marrow Foundation board members Charlotte Moss and Meg Braff nominated Christina in recognition of her tireless efforts on behalf of bone marrow recipients and their families. For almost 20 years, Christina has passionately fought to provide the funding and resources that those affected by cancer and other genetic disorders so desperately need. Christina Merrill has touched the lives of thousands of children and adults since she began The Bone Marrow Foundation in 1992.

Click here to read the profile of Christina in Traditional Home. Below, watch the video of Christina that the magazine produced for the awards luncheon, held in New York City.


The Bone Marrow Foundation was involved with the BGC/Cantor Fitzgerald “Charity Day” on September 13, 2010, held each year to help commemorate the friends and workers they lost on 9/11. BGC devotes a day each year to hosting celebrities who act as brokers, donating proceeds to a collection of (generally) small, New York-based charities. We had a great group of celebrities supporting our cause, including Evan Handler (Californication, Sex & the City), Rima Fakih (Miss USA 2010), Gus Johnson (CBS Sports), Anthony Herrera & Colleen Zenk (As the World Turns), Justin Jeremy Gimelstob (tennis pro), Jonathan Alter (bestselling author and Newsweek columnist), and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe (four-time NBA All Star). Photos can be found on our Facebook page. In the video below, Carol Alt and Evan Handler speak to Liz Claman from the Fox Business Network about Charity Day.


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