Category: Events


Leveraged Finance Community Comes Together to Fight Melanoma

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 19 March 2018 In Events

On May 23, 2018 more than one thousand professionals from the leveraged finance and finance community at-large will come together in the fight against melanoma for the seventh annual Leveraged Finance Fights Melanoma (LFFM) benefit and cocktail party. The event, held each year in the Rockefeller Center’s summer garden, has raised over $8.6 million to advance the Melanoma Research Alliance’s global research programs.

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MRA Raises Millions of Dollars for Groundbreaking Melanoma Research

By Cody R. Barnett, MRA Director of Communications | 5 November 2017 In Allies & Partnerships, Events

Normally, when people are at a Sotheby’s auction, they come to bid on beautiful and rare art. On Nov. 2nd, however, more than 240 people came together at Sotheby’s Headquarters in New York City to raise their paddle in the fight against melanoma. Together, participants raised over $20 million to further advance melanoma research.

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LFFM Fundraising Event Again Reaches a Record Setting Year

By Pamela Goldsmith, MRA Director of Communications | 6 June 2017 In Allies & Partnerships, Events

Nearly 1,000 professionals from the leveraged finance community gathered for the sixth annual Leveraged Finance Fights Melanoma (LFFM) benefit and cocktail party raising a record $1.8 million in funds for the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA), the largest private funder of melanoma research.

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Finance Industry Rallies to Fight Melanoma

By Rachel Gazzerro, MRA Associate Director, Development & Information Management | 3 April 2017 In Allies & Partnerships, Events

Spotlighted in publications like Forbes, Bloomberg and The New York Times, the Leveraged Finance Fights Melanoma (LFFM) event, sponsored annually in New York City by the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) has become the premier gathering of professionals from the leveraged finance, private equity, and investment communities – all gathered together in response to melanoma.

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Spotlight on MRA’s Ninth Annual Scientific Retreat

By Louise M. Perkins, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 28 February 2017 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, Science

In mid-February, MRA held its premiere research event — the 9th Annual Scientific Retreat, in Washington, DC. A total of 297 individuals registered for the meeting representing a spectrum of key stakeholders in melanoma including academic investigators, pharmaceutical and biotech company representatives, melanoma advocates from various different non-profit organizations, donors and government officials.

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Melanoma Prevention: The Latest Advances & Future Directions

By Pamela Goldsmith, MRA Director of Communications | 28 February 2017 In Events, Policy, Prevention, Science

During my interview with Susan Swetter, MD, Professor of Dermatology,
Stanford University and VA Palo Alto, at the Melanoma Research Alliance Ninth Annual Scientific Retreat in Washington, DC, I inquired about the Panel Discussion she was part of titled: News from the field: What’s going well and what remains to be done?

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MRA’s Young Investigator Program: Bringing New Talent & Novel Ideas for Research Forward

By Pamela Goldsmith, MRA Director of Communications | 28 February 2017 In Events, Science

In February, at the Ninth Annual MRA Scientific Retreat, a Young Investigator Breakfast brought together scores of past and current MRA Young Investigators where I connected with one of MRA’s first young investigators, Dr. Timothy Bullock.

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Highlights from the National Cancer Moonshot Summit

By Louise M. Perkins, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 7 July 2016 In Events, News

The National Cancer Moonshot was announced by President Obama in his State of the Union Address in January 2016 and VP Biden was charged with spearheading the effort. Few would disagree with Mr. Biden’s selection as leader given the personal experience he and his family endured with the loss of...

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Whither melanoma and whither cancer research? 

By Louise M. Perkins, Ph.D., MRA Chief Science Officer | 10 May 2016 In Events, Prevention, Science, Treatment

There is no doubt that the last few years have seen incredible progress for melanoma patients with 11 treatments approved since MRA’s founding in 2007: personalized medicine, targeted therapy, immunotherapy. What remains to be done for melanoma and other cancers? How are the successes in melanoma and other research areas...

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Guest Post from the Polka Dot Mama

19 April 2016 In Allies & Partnerships, Events, Melanoma Stories

This week, we’re featuring a guest post from Tracy Callahan, who founded and leads the Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation.  My name is Tracy Callahan and I am the Founder and CEO of the Polka Dot Mama Melanoma Foundation established in 2015.

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