Your Impact: Updates from The Society, Supporter Spotlight, and Health Education Seminars

Andrew Kung, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at MSK Kids

Andrew Kung, Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at MSK Kids

Every day, your dollars are accelerating today’s most daring discoveries straight into lifesaving care. Read more to learn about your impact.

The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Winter Lunch

On February 3, The Society of MSK hosted its eighth annual Winter Lunch to support pediatric cancer care initiatives during the COVID-19 pandemic. The virtual event featured remarks from Andrew Kung, who is the Lila Acheson Wallace Chair and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at MSK Kids. Kate Allen, Society President; Gillian Hearst, Society Associate Chair; and Nina Pickett, Senior Director of Pediatrics at MSK Kids also took part in the conversation with Dr. Kung.

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The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering, founded in 1946, is a volunteer-led organization within MSK dedicated to promoting patients’ well-being, supporting cancer research, and providing education on the early prevention, detection, and treatment of cancer.

Supporter Spotlight: Verdun Perry

Verdun “Vern” Perry has taken part in Cycle for Survival since its inception in 2007. As a longtime friend of Jennifer Goodman Linn and Dave Linn, the founders of Cycle for Survival, Vern didn’t hesitate to join their cause to raise funds for rare cancer research. In 2010, it became even more personal for Vern: He lost his own sister, Fran, to the disease. Honoring her life has been his motivation for participating in Cycle for Survival every year. Since that first ride, Vern has rallied his friends and family to raise $1.5 million for this national movement to beat rare cancers.

“I’ve been able to grow support for Cycle for Survival because I am genuinely passionate about it. With cancer, we can’t afford to wait,” Vern says.

Read more about Vern and his contributions to Cycle for Survival »


No matter where you live, you can be part of the movement to beat rare cancers. There are many ways you and your friends and family can get involved, including a socially distanced outdoor ride at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on May 1 and 2 and our first-ever virtual event experience on May 15. 100% of every dollar raised goes to rare cancer research led by MSK.

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Health Education Seminars at MSK

Join MSK Giving for a series of virtual seminars. These events offer a unique opportunity to hear from MSK researchers and learn how the generosity of supporters advances our work every day.

To register for these events, visit

“Cancer Care in Older Adults” en Español
Beatriz Korc-Grodzicki
Chief, Geriatrics Service
April 28, EDT

“Cuidado del cáncer para adultos mayores”
Beatriz Korc-Grodzicki
Jefa del Servicio de Geriatría
28 de Abril, EDT

“Advances in Telemedicine”
The Cullum Society Connection and Fernanda C.G. Polubriaginof
Director of Consumer Health Informatics
May 26, EDT

“Integrative Medicine”
Jun Mao
Chief, Integrative Medicine Service
June 23, EDT

MSK News Spring 2021
Cancer has a strong appetite for sugar. MSK scientists are learning how they can turn this hunger into an advantage, potentially tricking cancer cells into starving and destroying themselves. Read about this important work in our Spring 2021 issue.