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Lending Hearts Gala honors UPMC CancerCenter chairman

Lending Hearts president Vasso Paliouras and Dr. Stanley Marks. Credit: Christina Dickerson

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“This organization has dived in head first and is looking to provide services (the city) didn't have before. It's one of those things — how can you not support it?” asked Dr. Stanley Marks (with Nikol) during a VIP cocktail hour held in his honor at LeMont on Feb. 28.

Joined by 250 of the local medical who's who, the Lending Hearts Gala was honoring the aforementioned chairman of UPMC CancerCenter during its inaugural event that drew the likes of Dr. Nancy Davidson, Rick Soeder, Steve and Amy Ellis, Lending Hearts prexy Vasso Paliouras, Athena Sarris, Dr.Tony Farah, Drs. Mounzer Agha and Douha Safar, and Drs. Jing Hou and Xu Liang.

Also on hand was Paliouras' sister, Constance Zotis, whose battle with cancer served as the inspiration to create an organization that would provide meaningful experiences free of cost to children and young adults with cancer. The goal, Paliouras said, is to help take their minds off of their illness, even if only for a little while.

“(I want them to know) they're not alone,” she said. “There's a lot of life to keep living.”

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