Dr. Ted Teknos, President of UH Seidman Cancer Center and Kari Teknos with Dr. Lynne Megerian & Dr. Cliff Megerian, CEO of UH

Awardees Brian and Cindy McMahon with Robbin and Rich Garcia

On November 3, the Shaker Heights Country Club was abuzz with 320 guests in attendance for the 16th Annual Miracles Happen Celebration. The event, benefiting the Miracle Fund at University Hospitals (UH) Seidman Cancer Center, raised $250,000. The event commemorates Diana Hyland and Becky Hennessy who displayed inspirational courage in their own battles against breast cancer. Both were passionate about the need for ongoing research so others could conquer this disease.
Guests enjoyed a cocktail reception, gourmet dinner stations, dessert and coffee, along with a Miracle Raffle Tree and silent auction. The evening concluded with dancing to music by Kyle Primous and the K Street Band.
Since the Miracle Fund’s inception in 2008, its events have raised more

Dr. Bob Shenk and Yvette Shenk with Dr. Marcy Schwartz and Dr. Dan Simon, UH Chief Scientific Officer and President, Academic & External Affairs

than $22 million for clinical research and treatment of advanced stage breast cancer at UH Seidman Cancer Center. The prevalence of cancer continues to affect a large proportion of our community. As a result, the Miracle Fund now supports research and treatment for all advanced cancers.
Funding has allowed for ongoing UH-led clinical trials in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic using state-of-the-art technology to identify immune-molecular determinants of response/resistance to immunotherapy in triple-negative breast cancer. It has also allowed for the development of a comprehensive breast cancer clinical trial portfolio that offers patients access to early and late-phase clinical trials.
Further research will focus on new theories, trials and treatments aimed at managing cancer and extending lives.

Honorary Event Chairs Sean Hennessy and Ned Hyland

Robbin and Rich Garcia and Cindy and Brian McMahon were honored with the Miracle Fund Champion Award, an award that recognizes individuals or groups for their exceptional support and leadership.
Today, Diana and Becky would be proud to know that the Miracle Fund has significantly helped move innovative clinical ideas into the practice, with the hope of benefiting many cancer patients. STORY AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY ANDREA C. TURNER