Sugar Ray Leonard will serve as the Keynote Speaker at the MMRF 2016 Chicago Awards Dinner

by LP Green, II

Boxing legend Sugar Ray Leonard, whose father is living with multiple myeloma, will serve as the evening’s Keynote Speaker at the 15th Anniversary of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) 2016 Chicago Awards Dinner. The event will be held on Monday, May 16, 2016 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. Chicago Cubs teammates Jon Lester and Anthony Rizzo, both cancer survivors and advocates, will deliver the evening’s opening remarks. For the 12th year, Actress, Director, Producer, Writer and longtime MMRF supporter and Honorary Board Member, Bonnie Hunt will host the event.

The MMRF is proud to be honoring the Andrea and Michael Rosengarden Family with the Spirit of Hope Award. This award is presented annually to a patient, caregiver, or family who inspires hope through their resilience, perseverance and dedication to the MMRF and its mission. Chicago locals and longtime MMRF supporters, the Rosengardens, epitomize the true meaning of family, consistently demonstrating their devotion to one another, unwavering strength and commitment to finding a cure. “We see ourselves just doing what we are supposed to do,” says both Andrea and Michael. “Life has been good enough to us to make it possible to help others battling this cancer.”

The MMRF is grateful for the support of these leading pharmaceutical companies: Takeda Oncology and Janssen Oncology. The MMRF is one of the leading cancer research organizations worldwide. This groundbreaking foundation has combined the most successful characteristics of a Fortune 500 company and a scientific research lab to invent a new kind of entity, with a culture of speed, innovation, accountability and results. The MMRF’s Precision Medicine Model is the only end-to-end system in cancer research today and is leading the way in developing the next generation of treatments and ultimately finding a cure.

The MMRF Chicago Awards Dinner is a premier Chicago event attended by over 600 corporate leaders and philanthropists. For more information, please visit To reserve a table or inquire about sponsorship opportunities, please email or call 888-599-2682


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