The 2016 Celebrating Life Gala was held at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois and attracted over 300 of Chicago’s leading physicians, healthcare professionals and providers working in breast health and oncology to honor the accomplishments of our Champions.  The Celebrating Life Gala provided critical funds to support the Metropolitan Chicago Breast Cancer Task Force's efforts to improve the quality of breast care for the underserved and uninsured.

The 2016 Celebrating Life Gala, Health Equity for All, honored:

undefined Toni Preckwinkle 
Cook County Board President

For the tremendous difference she is making in the lives of women through improving women's healthcare and access to care.
undefined Donna Thompson
CEO at Access Community Health Network and one of the founders of the Task Force 

For her dedication to ending disparities and providing affordable healthcare to those most in need. 
undefined Karriem Watson
Director of Community Engagement in Clinical Research at University of Illinois Cancer Center

For his dedication to eliminating barriers for and engagement of diverse communities in research. 


The Celebrating Life Gala is always a truly inspirational evening, helping to honor our Champions, raise awareness about inequities in women’s healthcare, and raise funds to support care and advocacy for thousands of women. 

Exhibitors and Sponsors
In addition to ticket options below, the Task Force offers Exhibitor and Sponsor opportunities with wide visibility and recognition.  For more information on sponsor and exhibitor options, please contact: barb_e_vicory@rush.edu.

Host Committee in formation:

David Ansell, MD, MPH and Paula M. Grabler, MD
Conlon & Dunn Public Strategies
Marc and Heidi Kieselstein
Babs H. Waldman, MD

ACCESS Community Health Network
Prue Beidler
State Senator Daniel Bliss
Dr. Tariq Butt
Stephanie Comer
State Representative Sara Feigenholtz
Carol Estwing Ferrans, PhD, RN, FAAN
Lee Francis, MD, MPH and Michelle Gittler, MD
State Representative Robyn Gabel
Dr. David R. Gius
Joan Hall, JD
Kent Hoskins, MD
Rick Jasculca
Dr. Robin L. Jones
Dr. Seema Khan
Eileen Knightly, RN, BSN, MHA
Louanner Peters
Mary Richardson-Lowry, JD
Saint Anthony Hospital
Bettylu and Paul Saltzman
U.S. Representative Jan Schakowsky
Mark and Linda Diamond Shapiro
MWRD Commissioner Debra Shore and Kathleen Gillespie
Sinai Health System
Charles Smith/CS Insurance Stratgies, Inc.
Ronna Stamm and Paul Lehman
Richard Warnecke, MD
Cheryl Rucker-Whitaker, MD, MPH, FACP
Dr. Robert Winn
Margie Morrison Zivin


Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois
300 E. Randolph St.
30th Floor 
Chicago, IL 60601
6:00 – 9:00 P.M.

Roz Varon
Traffic Anchor
ABC7 Chicago


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