The Children’s Medical Research Foundation hosted their fourth Annual Emerging Leaders Board Dinner Gala on Wednesday evening, July 31st, 2019 in New York City. The event raised over $135,000 for the support of international pediatric research projects across the areas of oncology, cardiology and immunology. The Gala is part of a number of events held globally by the Foundation and over the course of the dinner’s 4-year history, has raised over half a million dollars.
Special guests on the evening was Irish impressionist Conor Moore and violinist Greg Harrington who were joined by 200 guests on the night, which was chaired by Eoin Duane.
“This Gala is a way for us to bring attention to the vital funding needed to support the research to treat life-threatening conditions” Duane said. He continued: “The Emerging Leaders Board is providing funding for some of the very best Irish doctors who eventually find themselves based at several leading US pediatric hospitals. The support of our many American-based donors is critical to this mission and it was a tremendous evening to be a part of.”
Attending physician in the Division of Endocrinology at National Children’s Research Center in Dublin, Ireland Eadaoin Hayes said, “The funding that I have received through the Clinical Fellowship Program at the National Children’s Research Centre in Ireland has allowed me to train with the best consultants in the world. The Emerging Leaders Board of CMRF have focused on projects that have a benefit for children whether they are from Crumlin or Cincinnati and that is the key. This is a global effort to help children and do whatever it takes for childhood illness.”
CMRF aims to save and improve sick children’s lives supporting extraordinary care and vital research at Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital Crumlin, and the National Children’s Research Centre based at Crumlin. 1 in 100 children are born with a structural heart defect, 1 in 19 people in Ireland carry the Cystic Fibrosis gene and 120,000 children will visit Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin in a typical year.