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Faces of Hope gala assists in fight against cancer

| Sunday, Sept. 16, 2012, 8:51 p.m.
Sy Holzer with Elsie and Henry Hillman during Faces of Hope Gala â?? Hillman Cancer Center Gala at the Consol Energy Center on Friday, September 14, 2012. Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review
Dr. Nancy Davidson and Thomas Kensler during Faces of Hope Gala â?? Hillman Cancer Center Gala at the Consol Energy Center on Friday, September 14, 2012. Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review
(from left) Corky and Frannie Cost with Dr. Stanley and Nikol Marks during Faces of Hope Gala â?? Hillman Cancer Center Gala at the Consol Energy Center on Friday, September 14, 2012. Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review
Carlos and Christina Cardoso during Faces of Hope Gala â?? Hillman Cancer Center Gala at the Consol Energy Center on Friday, September 14, 2012. Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review
Becky and John Surma during Faces of Hope Gala â?? Hillman Cancer Center Gala at the Consol Energy Center on Friday, September 14, 2012. Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review
Deb Wheeler and Athena Sarris during Faces of Hope Gala â?? Hillman Cancer Center Gala at the Consol Energy Center on Friday, September 14, 2012. Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review
'The Voice' semi-finalist Chris Mann performs during Faces of Hope Gala â?? Hillman Cancer Center Gala at the Consol Energy Center on Friday, September 14, 2012. Mike Mancini | For the Tribune Review

Two seconds.

Two seconds is all it took for guests at the Hillman Cancer Center Faces of Hope Gala to realize just how far-reaching the disease can be when entertainer Chris Mann asked the 960 in attendance to stand if they knew someone affected by cancer, and 95 percent of the room rose from their seats.

“Everything good about this fight against cancer is because of the people here in this room,” said PNC Bank Pittsburgh prez Sy Holzer, who co-chaired Friday's event at Consol Energy Center with his wife, Cathy, and Elsie and Henry Hillman. “The progress over this past decade has been nothing short of remarkable.”

Remarkable, indeed. Benefiting the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and UPMC CancerCenter to the tune of more than $1 million, the event included a powerful testimonial from survivor Amy Dolan-Malaney, who thanked her doctors for another chance to “live every day to the fullest.”

Amongst the who's who were gala chairs John andBecky Surma and Christina andCarlos Cardoso, UPCI and UPMC Cancer Center Director Dr.NancyDavidson andThomas Kensler, Gov. Tom Corbett and first lady Susan, UPMC CancerCenter chair Dr. Stanley andNikol Marks, Sally Levin, Kim andCurt Fleming, Athena Sarris, Dr. Arthur Levine and Linda Melada, Dr. DavidandSusan Bartlett, Dr. Steven Shapiro, Anne Lewis andJim Zeszutek, Bonnie andTom VanKirk, Ira andNanette Gordon, Deb Wheeler, Vanessa andDavid Morehouse, Mary Ann and Chuck Bogosta, Dr. Adamand Jill Brufsky, and Distinguished Scholar Awardee Dr. Mark Socinski.

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