Nanci Gelb has been a member of the Board of the Friends of
Dana-Farber since 2005 and is presently serving as a co-chair of
the Chefs Cooking for Hope event. She says, "I feel fortunate to be
part of the Friends and its members who are dedicated to raising
funds for research, care and treatment. For three years I have run
the Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber, and I will be doing so in 2008
for the fourth time."
Nanci was very much aware of the excellent care given to
patients at Dana-Farber. In 2003 her husband was diagnosed with a
rare form of melanoma, and she is grateful for the exceptional
treatment he received from the doctors, staff and nurses. The
family is particularly indebted to Steven Hodi, MD, and Lee Nadler,
MD, for their care and compassion. Nanci says, "Ron lost his battle
to cancer March 23, 2004. After Ron's death, I vowed to give back
to the institution that gave all of us tremendous hope. As a
result, along with my in-laws, we created the Ron Gelb Melanoma
Fund which supports melanoma research."
Growing up in Sands Point, N.Y., Nanci was an avid Mets
supporter, but now she has become a fully converted Red Sox fan. In
1989 she met her future husband, Ron Gelb, and moved to Boston.
They have four wonderful children.
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