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Kevin McCarthy Honored

Written by guest contributor Lisa Berry

“When you get cancer, you get closer as a family,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy. “It didn’t end the way we wanted it to end, but he has never left us.” McCarthy was honored with the 2017 Cancer Champion Award for his work in encouraging the spirit of bipartisan unity around medical research, funding for the 21st Century Cures Act and the Cancer Moonshot Initiative. Leader McCarthy accepted the award on behalf of his father, who passed away from a rare form of cancer.

The Prevent Cancer Foundation® hosted its 23rd annual spring gala at the National Building Museum. This annual event is routinely recognized as one of the top DC-area events. The evening paid homage to the beauty and splendor of Florence and Rome with the theme “Italy: Icon of Innovation,” under the honorary patronage of His Excellency, the Ambassador of Italy, Armando Varricchio and Mrs. Varricchio. The evening kicked off with a silent auction that featured 65 items. Popular items included a five-day trip to Italy, a custom men’s suit by Ermenegildo Zegna and tickets to the Billboard Music Awards. The auction portion of the evening alone raised close to $90,000.