June 2009: PRF Comes to Chicago!

June 2009: PRF Comes to Chicago!


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It was a night to remember in the windy city on June 8th, with 85 guests attending a champagne reception for The Progeria Research Foundation at the home of hosts Linda and Bob Mendelson. Linda and Bob learned of PRF’s work through attending the most recent two Night of Wonder galas co-chaired by their daughter Debbie Ponn, and wanted to do something to bring awareness to their hometown of Chicago.

In addition to heartfelt speeches by PRF’s Chairman of the Board Scott Berns, Executive Director Audrey Gordon, Linda, Bob and Debbie, the captivated audience listened to two honored guests:

  • Dr. Robert Goldman, distinguished researcher from around the corner at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, and
  • Rabbi Harold Kushner, founding PRF board member and renowned writer of inspirational books, the most famous being “When Bad Things Happen to Good People” written in 1981.

"I wrote that book because I made a promise to my son that he would be remembered.”, said Rabbi Kushner, “Who would have imagined the couple that started PRF 22 years later would live 20 minutes from my wife and me, and we would be so deeply involved in their efforts to find a cure for their son?”

 Hear from the guests…

“Last night was really an over the top educational experience. Sad, informative, hopeful, warm, gracious, passionate...truly a lovely evening. I came away with hope– this grassroots effort seems to be gaining momentum.”

 “What an inspiration. Working together, we can make a difference – and find a cure.”

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