Annual Goombay Bash Raises Over $714,000 for Lurie Cancer Center

Leonidas C. Platanias, MD, PhD, (left) takes the stage with emcee Pete McMurray of WGN Radio at this year’s Goombay Bash event. Dr. Platanias is director of the Lurie Cancer Center and serves as the Jesse, Sara, Andrew, Abigail, Benjamin and Elizabeth Lurie Professor of Oncology. Photo: JAG Photography

On Saturday, July 29, friends and supporters of The H Foundation came together to support breakthrough cancer research at the 17th Annual Goombay Bash Presented by Axion Risk Management Strategies, which took place at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier in Chicago. At this year’s event, over $714,000 was raised for basic science cancer research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

“At The H Foundation, we always say that cancer is personal,” said John Rot, executive board president of The H Foundation. “When I saw over a thousand people supporting basic science cancer research because their lives had been touched by cancer, there were no words. Cancer is an epidemic that affects us all.”

After losing a dear friend to cancer, The H Foundation and Goombay Bash were started by a few friends with entrepreneurial spirit who decided to make a difference in the fight against cancer. The H Foundation hosted their first Goombay Bash in 2001 to honor Pam Herts, a 31-year-old mother who had lost her battle with breast cancer, leaving behind a one-year-old son. Since then, the event has grown to become one of the largest and liveliest cancer research fundraising events in Chicago. Since its inception, The H Foundation has raised nearly $8 million in philanthropic funds and has brought thousands of people together to fight cancer.