• Friends of Dana-Farber

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    Nanci Gelb

    nanci-gelb.jpgNanci Gelb 

    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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