It’s been over a decade since Sandy Rollman lost her fight against ovarian cancer at the age of 33. But thanks to her sister, Adriana Way, and her nurse, Robin Cohen, Sandy’s memory has been able to live on. It’s been 12 years since her passing and each year Way and Cohen have gathered with friends and family to celebrate and remember during an annual fundraising gala.
Joseph and Jaimee Kaufmann chaired the 12th annual Sandy Rollman Ovarian Cancer Foundation‘s Gala and Auction held Sept. 15, at the University of Pennsylvania’s Hall of Flags. A record setting $160,000 was raised for the foundation that will go to support ovarian cancer research.
Singer Lauren Hart, who withstood her own battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, emceed the event.
Friends, family and supporters gathered for a night of remembrance and fundraising. Dinner was also generously prepared and donated by Laura and Pat Carlino of Carlino’s in Ardmore.
Awards were given to those who have shown commitment to research and awareness:
Nicole Beegle was honored as the first recipient of the Lisa Loonstyn-Golden Sunshine Award. It was given in memory of Lisa Loonstyn-Golden who died of ovarian cancer in May 2012.
Dr. Robert Burger was honored with the Angela Carlino Excellence in Ovarian Cancer Care Award for his commitment to research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center.
Carla Donato received the Donna Webb Spirit of Survivorship Award.