Treating Children. Curing Cancer.

Board Members

We are privileged to have the following people sit on our board of directors:

Robert Kapito, President
Donald Garber, Vice President
Marianne Brown, Secretary
Michael Weiner, MD, Treasurer, Founder
Julia Glade Bender, MD
Donna Azarian
John Azarian
Michael Brown
David Cantin
John Commerford
Lorraine Commerford
Robert Cudequest
William J. Fox
Fredrica Ford
Michael Ford
Larry Gordon
Abigail Hoffman

Steven Hoffman
Andrew Kung, MD, PhD
Jeff Kurtz
Sharon Kurtz
Michael J. Levitt
Lois McCourt
Robert McCourt
Scott Prince
Sharon Prince
Sam Riter
Iris Schwartz
Noel Wax
Wynne Savitt Weiner
Sara Wormser

All voting members of the board as of 1/1/14.

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Hope & Heroes Staff

Robert Bomersbach
Executive Director
rdb39@cumc.columbia.edu
646.317.6277

Jeremy Shatan 
Senior Director of Development
js2807@cumc.columbia.edu
212.305.1419

Kathryn Leiby
Events & Outreach Manager
kl2601@cumc.columbia.edu
212.305.5010

Quick Facts

Childhood cancers are the #1 disease killer of children - more than asthma, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, and pediatric AIDS combined.


Childhood cancer is not single disease, but rather many different types that fall into 12 major categories. Common adult cancers are extremely rare in children, yet many cancers are almost exclusively found in children.


Childhood cancers are cancers that primarily affect children, teens and young adults. When cancer strikes children and young adults, it affects them differently than it would an adult.


Attempts to detect childhood cancers at an earlier stage, when the disease would react more favorably to treatment, have largely failed. Young patients often have a more advanced stage of cancer when first diagnosed.