The 10th annual Bachelor Auction for Blood Cancer has a special story behind it.
On Thursday, April 25, the event will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Blue Martini West Palm Beach in City Place. It started in memory of Valerie Fiordilino Maslow’s father, who passed away in 2009 from an aggressive form of stage four Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.
A drug he received more than 12 years ago on a clinical trial is now off the market for his type of lymphoma. However, it is now approved and used in treatment for multiple sclerosis (MS), an autoimmune disease Maslow was diagnosed with six years ago.
“[Life] truly has come full circle,” Maslow said in an email. “I’m beyond thankful to this event and blood cancer research for not only finding better, smarter, less toxic treatments for all blood cancers, but also for other cancers and autoimmune disorders such as MS.”
2018’s Bachelor Auction raised a record-breaking $75,000 raised in one night. Since its inception in 2009, more than $400,00 has been raised in honor of blood cancer and multiple sclerosis research.
This year’s auction will honor inspiring young blood cancer patients. Around 300 guests are expected to attend, and Maslow hopes to raise more than $85,000.
Guests can bid on various auction packages, such as a hotel stay in Antigua; a private plane rides to the Bahamas; and courtside Miami Heat tickets. ESPN West Palm’s Josh Cohen and Virginia Sinicki of the KVJ show from 97.9 WRMF will be emceeing.
The event benefits the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of the Palm Beaches as well as multiple sclerosis. Tickets are $45 online and $50 at the door, and it includes event entry, one complimentary cocktail and appetizer samplers.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, visit pages.mwoy.org/pb/pbc19/vmaslow.
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