On May 17, approximately 500 guests attended MD Anderson’s first “A Conversation With a Living LegendSM” dinner in Atlanta, raising more than $668,000 for cancer research at the institution.
Chaired by Board of Visitors member Tom Johnson and his wife Edwina, the event included an evening of entertainment and important messages about supporting cancer research. Veteran CBS News anchor Bob Schieffer interviewed Former Georgia Senator Sam Nunn, and Atlanta’s “Three Inspirational Tenors” performed.
Cancer patients, including non-smoker Jeff Wigbels, who was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, gave testimonies, reminding the audience of the reason for the evening and the importance of their support. AirTran Airways donated a pair of business class tickets at each table, which were offered up as silent auction items, raising $50,950. Other major sponsors included The Coca-Cola Company and AT&T.