The Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation’s gala, “The Wings to Cure,” will take place on Saturday, November 16, 2019, in the historic Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. The black-tie event will raise vital funds to accelerate high-impact translational research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. 

Established in November 2015, the mission of the Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation (HCRF) is to discover, develop and implement effective new treatments for patients with cancer by supporting groundbreaking research. “Our goal – to eliminate cancer and save lives – is ambitious but achievable,” said Eleni Bousis, Chair of HCRF’s Founding Board. 

Lou Canellis, sports anchor at WFLD-TV, and Robert Krantz, actor/producer/director, will serve as emcees for “The Wings to Cure.” The gala will feature an elegant cocktail reception and dinner as guests dance the night away to Sway Band. 


“HCRF’s vision, drive and determination to support cancer research will create important opportunities to translate scientific discoveries into leading-edge treatments for our patients,” said Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD, Director of the Lurie Cancer Center and Director of HCRF’s Scientific Advisory Board. “Cancer can be defeated if physicians, researchers and philanthropists work as a team.” 

Tickets: $500 each (Early bird pricing: $450 through October 25). For information about table and other sponsorship opportunities, please visit or contact Rodrigo Leanos at [email protected] or 312.926.7393. 

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