The HEADstrong Foundation is proud to present the eighth annual Lime Light Gala on Friday, March 9 at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. Held annually to recognize groundbreaking achievements and stories of hope while remembering those who have lost their fight, the Gala strives to help families affected by cancer. Click here for event details and click here to purchase tickets or to help sponsor the event.
Dr. Daniel J. Landsburg, MD, is at home at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.
For almost 10 years, the Havertown native has been a fixture in the Division of Hematology Oncology of the Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine, where he serves as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine. It’s there that he’s experienced both the highest of highs and the lowest of lows when dealing with his patients, and it’s a position where he’s able to help every patient of his along the way in some shape or form.
“I’m very fortunate to be able to practice oncology,” Landsburg said. “It’s a great field where there’s consistently a lot of scientific upgrades and lymphoma care is more advanced than it was a couple years ago. It’s a very positive, forward-thinking field, but there are both uplifting and sad experiences.”
Landsburg has also had the opportunity to see things from a unique perspective when he volunteered when The HEADstrong Foundation held its annual Thanksgiving meal at Penn. It gave Landsburg a different look and helped him gain an even deeper understanding for what his patients go through.
“I got to serve lunch to some of my patients, and it was a very meaningful experience,” Landsburg explained. “HEADstrong is a wonderful group that provides a lot of support to our patients. I know it’s something that our patients really appreciate. It was things like the Thanksgiving meals that really impressed me about HEADstrong, as well as patient support, financial support and Nick’s House.”
Landsburg’s support hasn’t gone unnoticed, either, and it’s a major reason why he’ll be honored as the recipient of the HEADstrong Achievement Award at the eighth annual Lime Light Gala on Friday, March 9 at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. The Lime Light Gala recognizes groundbreaking achievements and stories of hope while remembering those who have lost their fight and strives to help families affected by cancer. Click here to learn about the event and click here to purchase tickets or to help sponsor the event. America’s Got Talent finalist Evie Clair will perform at the event.
“I’m very, very thrilled and happy to accept the honor,” said Landsburg, who went to Penn for his undergrad and attended Temple for medical school. “It’s meaningful for me because HEADstrong focuses on patient care and resources, and that’s also my primary focus. I’ve come to truly appreciate how HEADstrong provides a lot of external support to help patients get to their treatments, stay nearby during their treatments if they don’t live nearby or just doing anything to help every patient along the way.”
It’s a fitting honor for Landsburg, whose work both as a doctor and a volunteer has left an indelible impact on those affected by cancer. He has helped improve the lives of so many, which has been the same goal as HEADstrong’s.
“We’re excited and proud to honor Dr. Landsburg at the eighth annual Lime Light Gala,” said Cheryl Colleluori, HEADstrong President and the mother of founder Nick Colleluori. “His incredible work, both as a doctor and volunteer, is nothing short of inspirational and amazing to see. We can only hope that more people will follow his lead of helping people in their battles against cancer.”
For more information on the HEADstrong Foundation please visit www.HEADstrong.org.
About HEADstrong Foundation
The HEADstrong Foundation is a non-profit organization committed to improving lives affected by cancer. HEADstrong was founded by Nicholas Colleluori, a Division I athlete entering his sophomore year at Hofstra University when he was terminally diagnosed with cancer. His public fight from the sidelines captivated the nation and from his hospital bed he created an organization focused on empowering student-athletes to improve lives affected by the disease. His vision was simple yet critical; helping real families when they needed it most, providing support so that families may live with a greater dignity and normalcy. Colleluori fought to improve the inpatient experience, the affordability and accessibility of care and tackled the general concerns facing the patient population.
Understanding the ripple effect and impact that a cancer diagnosis had on a family, Colleluori championed efforts to support caregivers and capital projects to improve accommodations. He built an awareness platform driven by lime green shoelaces, the national awareness color for non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. He empowered his own family and in the last days of his life asked them to pick up the ball where he left off. It’s a promise that the Colleluori family continues to fulfill through the essential programs and services offered by the HEADstrong Foundation, www.HEADstrong.org. HEADstrong invests more than $.90 of every dollar into a service offering 100% committed to improving the quality of life for families affected by cancer. HEADstrong grants financial assistance, funds projects to improve the inpatient experience, provides meals and outlets of entertainment, delivers comfort kits, peer support and most notably operates Nick’s House™, a haven of comfort for families seeking comprehensive cancer care.