Corboy & Demetrio CFO Marcy Twardak, a 25-year breast cancer survivor, will be recognized as a Susan G. Komen Chicagoland Hero at Komen’s “Ignite the Night” Gala on October 22, 2016 at Wintrust Bank in Chicago.
In 1991, when Marcy was 34 years old and had three children under the age of seven, she was diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer. Twenty five years later, Marcy is an accomplished legal executive who devotes her free time to helping non-profit organizations achieve their goals and sits on a number of Boards.
Marcy’s “Hero” story will be told in Komen Chicago’s new public service announcement video, which will debut at the Gala. Marcy’s daughter, Katie Twardak, now 32, also appears in the PSA.
“I want women and their children everywhere to know that there is life after breast cancer. Quality care and early detection saved my life. I am living proof,” Marcy Twardak said.
Komen Chicago hopes the inaugural gala will bring to light treatment and survivorship disparities of breast cancer in minority communities in Chicago. According to Komen Chicago statistics, breast cancer mortality rates are 40 percent higher for African-American women compared to white women. Also, African-American women and Latinas are more likely to be diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer.
Eradicating these disparities is also important to Marcy Twardak.
“I enthusiastically support all of the work that Komen Chicago does to save more lives, and especially its new campaign to help bridge the gap so that WHERE you live shouldn’t determine IF you live,” she said.
The mission of Susan G. Komen, Chicagoland Area, is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering others, ensuring quality care for all, and energizing science to find the cures.
Gala ticket prices start at $180, the cost of one mammogram, for young professionals. The Gala will be held at Wintrust Bank, 231 S. LaSalle St., Chicago, and tickets may be purchased online at komenchicago.org/gala.
Corboy & Demetrio Co-founder Thomas Demetrio received the Justice John Paul Stevens Award from the Chicago Bar Foundation and the Chicago Bar Association on Sept. 14, 2016. Justice Stevens, now retired from U.S. Supreme Court, was in attendance.
Acceptance speeches were pre-taped and played at the 17th Annual Awards Luncheon. In his, Thomas Demetrio said:
“Both today’s and the past recipients of this award – ALL of whom I
applaud – are merely cogs in a much greater wheel. For instance, the
Lawyers Lend-A-Hand tutoring and mentoring program has been
successful since it was created in the mid-90s only because of the
hundreds of volunteers – lawyers and non-lawyers alike – who have
given of their time and energy to help improve the quality of life of
our most vulnerable children, while supplying them with a temporary
safe haven, dignity, and hope. It is they, who have my indelible
respect and gratitude. And, it is on their behalf, I accept this accolade today.”
In a high-profile panel that included Former Chicago Bears Coach Mike Ditka, Corboy & Demetrio Co-founder Thomas Demetrio discussed the NFL, CTE and concussions today at the City Club of Chicago’s panel, “Concussions in the NFL: Whose Bell Was Really Rung.”
Watch Video of Thomas Demetrio and other Panelists Speak at the City Club of Chicago Event
The sold-out luncheon and panel discussion was moderated by ESPN Legal Analyst Lester Munson, and also included panelist Liz Nicholson, whose husband, former NFL player Gerry Sullivan is a Corboy & Demetrio client, and panelist Chris Nowinski, Founder of the Concussion Legacy Institute.
Corboy & Demetrio was proud to take part in and support The City Club of Chicago, which is a non-profit, non-partisan organization whose members include prominent business, civic and government leaders in Chicago. The organization attracts those interested in civic responsibility, public issues, open political debate and networking opportunities. Founded in 1903, it is the longest-running civic forum in Chicago.