At age 28, newly married and on top of the world, Bob Kiesendahl was stunned to receive a diagnosis of chronic myeloid leukemia.
A year later, in 1999, he required a bone marrow transplant. After tests failed to find a suitable donor within his family, Bob turned to the registry of the National Bone Marrow Program and within a few months found a match. Bob spent four months undergoing arduous treatment and recovery supported by his wife Jen, his mother Joan and other family members.
Grateful for his loving family and superb care, Bob decided to help others afflicted with cancer. He created the BK Hope Cures Foundation to support cancer research and patient care. Using the resources of their family business, a four-season resort in the Poconos Mountains, Bob and Joan, a breast cancer survivor, hold annual fund-raisers such as golf, motorcycle and running events that have raised more than $520,000 over the last decade.
- Donna Karan and the Urban Zen Foundation
- St. Mary’s High School Baseball Team
- Amy S. Colwell, MD, FACS
- Stephanie Quinn, MSW, LICSW
- Karen J. Krag, MD
- Mary F. Fay, RN, BSN
- Tristan’s Gift of Hope
- David J. Kuter, MD, Dphil
- Kevin S. Oh, MD
- Anne Fallon
- Ann Murray Paige
- Big Y
- Patricia A. Kent, MS, RN, CPNP
- Julia Hincman-Francavilla, MS, RD, LDN, CSO
- Don Francis, RN, BSN
- Steve Beauville
- Chad Juros
- Kathleen A. Stakes, RN, MS, CPON
- Nicole McNerney
- Richard L. Deming, MD
- Comprehensive Grammar School Kids Cancer Club
- Farrah Fawcett and the Farrah Fawcett Foundation
- Uniting Against Lung Cancer
- Tyler Jacks, PhD
- Pennies from Heaven
- Dell, Inc.
- Jennifer E. D’Alotto, MSW, LCSW
- Douglas J. Mathisen, MD
- Dorothy Binford
- Harrison Strickler
Mass General honors 100 individuals and groups for their diverse contributions to the fight against cancer.
There is strength in numbers and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center proves this each year. the one hundred is the Cancer Center’s annual fundraiser, honoring 100 individuals and groups whose diligence and discoveries, philanthropy and passion have helped advance the fight against cancer. Funds raised at the gala support research, patient care, education and community outreach programs. Meet the Honorees.