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Bonnie Hunt, Melina Kanakaredes and Dr. Ruth Westheimer Lend Their Support to Children's Brain Tumor Foundation Benefit
Date:5/13/2009

Former Oncology Nurse helps honor heroes of fight against pediatric neuro-oncology

NEW YORK, May 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Bonnie Hunt served as Mistress of Ceremonies at this year's 7th Annual Dream & Promise Awards Gala, held on Wednesday, May 13, 2009, at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square to support the Children's Brain Tumor Foundation, a New York-based 501(c)(3) working nationwide to help kids with brain and spinal cord tumors and cancer. The evening honored Sol J. Barer, Ph.D., Chief Executive Officer of Celgene Corporation, and Stewart Goldman, M.D., Medical Director of Neuro-Oncology at Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago.

Ms. Hunt is a versatile and accomplished writer, director, producer and an Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award nominated actress. Although she is most well-known for her work in the entertainment world, Ms. Hunt spent several years as an oncology nurse at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, making her role as mistress of ceremonies for this evening truly fitting.

Ms. Hunt has appeared on television in Davis Rules, Grand, The Building, Life with Bonnie, and The Bonnie Hunt Show, as well as her current nationally syndicated talk show. Her film credits include Rain Man, Dave, Jerry McGuire, The Green Mile, Jumanji, Random Hearts, Only You, Cheaper By The Dozen, Cheaper By The Dozen 2, Beethoven, Beethoven's 2nd, A Bug's Life, Monsters Inc., Cars, as well the films Stolen Summer, Loggerheads, I Want Someone To Eat Cheese With and Patriots.

Ms. Hunt raises funds to sponsor research for treatments and cures for cancer and rheumatoid arthritis, and she also gives her time and support to organizations such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and American Veterans. Ms. Hunt was recently honored by the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary with the True Grit Humanitarian Award.


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