“Designed for a Cure” Raises More Than $300,000 for Cancer Research at Sylvester

Cancer survivors and their caregivers brought high fashion to downtown Miami as they walked the runway as “model” patients at “Designed for a Cure,” an event that raised more than $300,000 for cancer research at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. Sylvester hosted more than 600 guests at the November 12 gala at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami, where attendees enjoyed delicious tastings, fabulous cocktails and, more importantly, the power of cancer survivorship as 15 model patients were escorted by their caregivers for a one-of-a-kind fashion show.

Guests, who were presented with lavish food stations provided by the hotel and sumptuous libations by Southern Wine & Spirits of America, Gekkeikan Sake and Don Julio Tequila, bid on special items displayed on the 19th floor from an Apple iPod Touch device.

The highlight of the evening was the red carpet fashion show where inspiring Sylvester patient-survivors were escorted by their physicians down the runway, wearing the latest designs from Perry Ellis International.

This year’s fashion fundraiser once again was under the outstanding leadership of a uniquely qualified chairwoman, Jennifer Stearns Buttrick, of Stearns, Weaver, Miller, Weissler, Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. Buttrick’s dedication comes from a very personal experience. She was a “model” patient in 2007, having recovered from successful treatment of a renal tumor just two days after delivering her third child.

Raymond J. Leveillee, M.D., professor of clinical urology, chief of the Division of Endourology and Laparoscopy and member of the Prostate, Bladder & Kidney Cancers Site Disease Group at Sylvester, was among the nation’s first physicians to advocate for hand-assisted laparoscopic surgery, and used the minimally invasive procedure on Buttrick, making a world of difference in her recovery.

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