Tina's Wish, the only nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to funding research for the early detection of ovarian cancer, honored President Bill Clinton with the inaugural Tina's Wish Global Women's Health Award at a reception at the Waldorf Astoria New York on April 14th. Hundreds attended the event which raised much-needed funds that will benefit Tina's Wish and its mission to find an effective way to diagnose ovarian cancer at its earliest, most curable stage.
"If there is one solid rule that is true all around the world, it is that creative networks of cooperation are the best way to solve problems faster, cheaper and better," said President Clinton during his acceptance speech. "The global impact of ovarian cancer is so great because of the absence of early detection. By being here tonight, you are playing a small role in a giant collaborative effort to guarantee a 100% survival rate from this disease, redeeming Tina's wish and the best parts of the unfulfilled lives of every person we've ever lost."
The Tina's Wish Global Women's Health Award was created to honor individuals whose contributions to the betterment of women's health have been extraordinary. President Clinton was chosen as the first recipient because of the lasting impact the Clinton Foundation's work is having on women's health globally. Both Tina's Wish and the Clinton Foundation were founded on the principle that turning an idea into action is best achieved through collaboration.
"It was an inspirational evening and we thank President Clinton for joining us and sharing his thoughts on how working together to solve problems can make the biggest impact," said Andrew Brozman, Tina's husband and member of the Tina's Wish board of directors. "We are grateful to those who came out to support this important cause and we are already looking forward to next year's ceremony."
Since its inception, Tina's Wish has become the third largest private funding source dedicated to ovarian cancer research and established The Tina Brozman Ovarian Cancer Research Consortium which is comprised of five world-class research institutions. In 2014, The Foundation established one of the first ever consortium grants to benefit ovarian cancer, The Rita M. Kirpalani Memorial Consortium Grant for Ovarian Cancer Research. Through this grant, six research teams will work together on the same set of specimens with the goal of finding an early detection screen.
Tina's Wish honors the memory of Tina Brozman, former chief judge of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York, who died at the age of 54 following a two-year battle with ovarian cancer. The organization will host its next event, the Tina's Wish Women's Committee Spring Reception, on Monday, May 18, at the Time Warner Center in New York City.
The Honorable Tina Brozman Foundation for Ovarian Cancer Research