SANTA MONICA, Calif.
April 2, 2014
/PRNewswire/ -- The Mandela family will be honored with the
Humanitarian Award at the 29
annual Odyssey Ball on
Saturday, April 5, 2014
at the Four Seasons Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Anton J. Bilchik
, MD, PhD, FACS, Professor of Surgery and Chief of Medicine at the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) at Providence Saint John's Health Center, will be presented
Award. The yearly fundraising event benefits JWCI and is organized by the JWCI Auxiliary. Award-winning Broadway actor
and celebrated Jazz singer
will perform, and actor and honored army veteran
The Mandela family will be honored with the
Award for continuing the mission of former President of
and Nobel Peace Laureate Nelson Mandela who helped bring an end to apartheid. Princess Zaziwe Dlamini-Manaway and Princess Zamaswazi Dlamini, granddaughters of
Nelson and Winnie Mandela
, will accept the award on behalf of the family. Visit
Also hailing from
, Dr. Bilchik will be honored with "
Award. Dr. Bilchik is an internationally recognized surgical oncologist who has pioneered techniques to improve staging in colon cancer and minimally invasive approaches for liver and pancreatic cancer.
Since 1981, the family of
has been committed to pioneering cancer research in memory of their father, who died of cancer. For more than 30 years, the courageous and dedicated researchers at JWCI have made groundbreaking discoveries that have changed the way cancer is detected, diagnosed and treated around the world. Today, the tradition of excellence continues as JWCI spearheads new research advances while training the next generation of leaders in the fight against cancer through its nationally renowned Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program.
Established in 1982, the JWCI Auxiliary is helmed by President
, granddaughter of
. The Auxiliary has raised more than
to fund a wide array of the Institute's priorities including live-saving research and the JWCI Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program. Visit
SOURCE John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary