Save the date for the Melissa Marottoli Hogan Gala for a Cure
The 2016 Melissa Marottoli Hogan Gala for a Cure
will be held on
Saturday, March 5th at 7:00pm
at Woodwinds in Branford, CT
In early 2015 I had the honor of attending the Annual Melissa Marottoli Hogan Gala for a Cure. This event is held in conjunction with the Melissa Marottoli Hogan (MMH) Foundation. It was a wonderful event full of hope and love, celebrating the life of a beautiful woman, sister, daughter, granddaughter, cousin, wife, and friend, Melissa Marottoli Hogan, who lost her battle to cancer in December 2012.
About Melissa Marottoli HoganMelissa Marottoli Hogan was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer at 26 years old. There is no explanation, no reason, no answer to how Melissa got lung cancer. Many people erroneously believe that this type of cancer is caused by smoking. That is simply not the case as Melissa was not a smoker. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, nearly 80% of new lung cancer cases do not smoke.
After her initial diagnosis, Melissa was able to beat the odds, living five years with stage IV lung cancer…. four years longer than expected. Her family attributes this to Melissa’s attitude, faith, and access to great medicine.
You see, throughout Melissa’s fight, her family researched cutting edge medicine, both domestic and abroad. They went to the remarkable major cancer centers: Dana-Farber, Memorial Sloan Kettering, MD Anderson, and Smilow at Yale, also to lesser known places in New York City and California, and to even more specialized clinics in Germany and Austria. Melissa's identical twin, Lindsay Marottoli Greenberg, was beside her sister the entire time, working with doctors to seek out new treatments, traveling to Vienna to use her own immune system to help her twin sister boost hers.
About the Foundation
Founded by the family of Melissa Marottoli Hogan to honor her life, the MMH Foundation seeks to support ground-breaking lung cancer research, to promote lung cancer awareness, and to provide assistance to lung cancer afflicted families. The Foundation donates all net proceeds, has no paid staff, and enlists the help of sponsors
Through the MMH Foundation, Melissa’s family wants to help other families beat the odds, and to assist researchers in finding a cure. They seek out oncologists who are committed to a cure, to thinkers attempting better care for cancer patients, less toxic than drugs alone.
Already the foundation has funded half a year’s research at a thoracic oncology lab at Smilow Caner Center at Yale New Haven. The leading physician at that lab is Dr. Scott N. Gettinger, who researches immunotherapy: a concept where our own immune systems can be taught to kill cancer.
About the Melissa Marottoli Hogan Gala For A Cure
March 5, 2015
29 Schoolground Road
Branford, CT 06405
Please make checks payable to Melissa Marottoli Hogan Foundation
Melissa Marottoli Hogan Foundation
6 Partridge Lane
Branford, CT 06405