Wallstreet Supports Melanoma Research

Melanoma Research Alliance

It was a “real wake-up call,” said billionaire financier Leon D. Black, when his wife Debra was diagnosed with melanoma in 2007. When Debra’s skin cancer was treated, the Blacks along with Michael Milken who was once on Wall Street and now focuses on medical research, formed the Melanoma Research Alliance. This group has attracted the support of several Wall Street Figures, and later this May the organization will be holding its second-annual benefit which is geared towards the leveraged finance industry.

“This was a field, as we learned, that really did not have a lot of momentum six years ago,” said Mr. Black, head of the private equity firm Apollo Global Management.

Today, the organization has become very popular in the  business world, and raised $925,000 at the benefit last year. This year’s benefit called Leveraged Finance Fights Melanoma, will be held at Rockefeller Center on May 21st. The event will be attracting big people on Wall Street including Henry Kravis, co-founder or KKR, lawyer Richard Beattie, senior chairman of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett and Glenn August, founder of Oak Hill Advisers.

The Blacks talked about their experience in a video produced by Privcap. In addition to that video, Brendan Dillion of UBS and Jeff Rowbottom of KKR both described how they were treated of melanoma.


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One Response to Wallstreet Supports Melanoma Research

  1. Mariefil says:

    Nice information. This is really helpful for people suffering from skin asthma. Good thing new technologies are emerging giving solutions to problems like these and a lot more. Bravo!!!

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