Published on May 10th, 2019 | by Dr. Jerry Doby


EVENT RECAP/PHOTOS: NeNe Leakes honored, Mercedes Javid, Kym Whitley attend ABCs Mother’s Day Luncheon

Photo Credit: Vince Bucci for ABCs

Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies Honors NeNe Leakes At Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon

Comedian Kym Whitley Hosts; Mercedes Javid Presents Award

The Associates For Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies (ABCs), hosted its annual star-studded Mother’s Day Luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills to benefit breast and prostate cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

Photo Vince Bucci for ABCs

Photo Vince Bucci for ABCs

Actress, author and entrepreneur NeNe Leakes was honored with the Woman of Achievement Award. Actress and comedian Kym Whitley returned as emcee, and Beverly Cohen and Sheri A. Rosenblum co-chaired the event. Prior to the luncheon, a luxury boutique featured a fashionable array of vendors, all donating a portion of proceeds from sales to the organization.

Photo Vince Bucci for ABCs

Realtor and philanthropist Mercedes Javid introduced the “no nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is” Leakes, stating she was selected to receive the Woman of Achievement Award based on “what lies within – her heart, her humanity.”

Photo Vince Bucci for ABCs

Leakes got personal as she accepted her award: “Everything I do is for of my husband and kids. When my husband Gregg was diagnosed with cancer, our entire family was diagnosed with cancer. We were heartbroken. In addition to being a mother to my kids, a wife to my husband, I was now thrust into the most challenging role of my life – being a caretaker. But we were lucky. Because of early detection, our incredible doctors, and the resources provided to us by organizations such as the ABCs and the John Wayne Cancer Institute, Gregg rang the bell celebrating the end of his chemo. It is because of people like you who dedicate their lives to raising money and awareness that we have a chance in this fight. I’m honored to accept this award, and to stand next to you in the fight against cancer.”

Other guests in attendance included Patrick Wayne, chairman of the board at John Wayne Cancer Institute and son of the legendary actor John Wayne; Marcel Loh, CEO of Providence Saint John’s Health Center; Nicole Murphy; Vida Javid; and more.

The ABCs aim to achieve prevention and a cure for breast and prostate cancer in our lifetime by providing funding for clinical innovation and research through their partnership with the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Since 1990, the ABC’s have raised over $15,000,000 for breast and prostate cancer research. For more information, please visit www.abcjw.com.


About the ABCs

The ABCs was formed 28 years ago by a group of dedicated philanthropists who had originally been associated with the Eddie Cantor Charitable Foundation, an organization that supported a variety of causes. Today, the ABC’s is 200 members strong and growing. Since 1990, our group has raised more than $15 million to support the John Wayne Cancer Institute’s research in advancing treatment and detection of both breast and prostate cancer. For more information, please visit www.abcjw.com.


About the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center

Since 1981, the family of John Wayne has been committed to pioneering cancer research in memory of their father, who died of cancer. For more than 30 years, the courageous and dedicated researchers at the John Wayne Cancer Institute have made groundbreaking discoveries that have changed the way cancer is detected, diagnosed and treated around the world. Today the tradition of excellence continues as the Institute spearheads new research advances, while training the next generation of leaders in the fight against cancer through its renowned Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program. The Institute’s programs focus on melanoma, breast, neuro, prostate and gastrointestinal cancers, as well as innovative research in cancer genomics, molecular biomarkers, and chemo- and immunotherapies. With its unique ability to rapidly turn scientific discoveries into novel approaches for early detection and treatment, the Institute provides immediate hope to cancer patients everywhere.  www.JWCIgiving.org.

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