At a NYC Broadway event that raised awareness for Acute Myeloid Leukemia, American Friends of Rabin Medical Center (AFRMC) gathered at Charlie Palmer’s Michelin rated Aureole restaurant in Times Square, New York City for its annual Broadway Benefit forAcute Myeloid Leukemia Research (AML) at Israel’s Rabin Medical Center on April 11, 2016.
Guests were joined by visiting Rabin Medical Exchange doctor, Dr. Aviram Mizrahi, who shared an inside look into his two year fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering for Oncological surgery, specializing in Head & Neck. Upon his to Israel’s Rabin Medical Center Dr. Mizrahi will participate in a research project funded through this AFRMC event. The funded research study will evaluate the effect of certain chemotherapy drugs in patients with AML, treated at Rabin Medical Center’s world class Davidoff Cancer Center.
Nicholas Hudson from Gift of Life shared the life changing efforts of the organization’s bone marrow match registry for patients with AML. Hudson spoke of his personal journey as a donor match and the importance of the Gift of Life registry, which has significantly increased the likelihood of Jewish donor matches for life saving treatments.
AFRMC Board Member and benefit co- chair Jacki Florin along with her producing partner Phillip Chavira of Davelle LLC introduced Alia Jones- Harvey, Broadway producer of Eclipsed, which features the debut of Academy Award winning Lupita Nyong’o. As one of only two African American lead producers on Broadway, Ms. Jones- Harvey, an Olivier Award Winning and Tony-nominated Broadway Producer, shared insights into this monumental production.
Ms. Jones- Harvey’s talk was the perfect entrée, as after dinner guests made their way to Broadway’s Music Box Theatre where they were treated to a performance of the highly anticipated new Broadway sensation, Shuffle Along, choreographed by Savion Glover, narrating the story of the evolution of African American theater with a talented cast, starring six time Tony award winning Audra McDonald and Tony Award winning Brian Stokes Mitchell.
Rabin Medical Center’s Davidoff Cancer Center is the most sophisticated and innovative facility in the Middle East, delivering comprehensive medical treatment to over 16% of Israel’s cancer patients. One of the major focuses of interest of the Institute of Hematology at the Davidoff Cancer Center is Acute Myeloid Leukemia is the leading type of acute leukemia in adults.
AFRMC board member Bilha Fish, M.D., is the president of the newly-created American Physician Friends of Rabin Medical Center, an exciting partnership between American doctors and Israel's Rabin Medical Center.