BUFFALO, NY - Hollywood actress Blythe Danner tonight received the General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Action Award from Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) at the 21st annual All Star Night gala, presented by HSBC and the Roswell Park Alliance Community Advisory Board. Danner was honored for her family’s advocacy in the fight against oral cancer— a disease that took the life of her husband, director Bruce Paltrow, in 2002. All proceeds from the evening benefit life-saving cancer research and patient care programs at RPCI.
Known for her 30-year history of film, stage and television credits, Danner has served as a vocal and highly visible advocate for the Oral Cancer Foundation, a national 501(c) 3 not-for-profit charity. Oral cancer affects nearly 40,000 new individuals annually across America. The Bruce Paltrow Oral Cancer Fund, under the Oral Cancer Foundation, helps provide oral cancer education and outreach to minority and underserved US populations that bear a disproportionate incidence rate and poorer survival rates in relationship to the disease.
More than 800 Roswell Park supporters attended All Star Night 2011 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. In addition to Ms. Danner, awards were also given to recognize an outstanding scientist and volunteer.
James Mohler, MD, Senior Vice President for Translational Research and Chair of the Department of Urology at RPCI, was given the Thomas B. Tomasi MD, PhD Hope Award for his internationally-recognized contributions to prostate cancer research and treatment.
Katie Johnson-Hoffman, a dedicated volunteer who lost her battle with cancer in August 2011, was recognized posthumously with the Katherine Anne Gioia Inspiration Award. Johnson-Hoffman was a founding member of the Roswell Park Alliance Community Advisory Board and a tireless advocate for events such as The Ride For Roswell.
Annie Deck-Miller, Senior Media Relations Manager