The 2018 Hope Gala - March 10, 2018


We had an unforgettable evening at the 10th Annual Hope Gala on March 10, 2018! Thank you from the bottom of our heats for helping us reach our goal of over $1,000,000.00 in 10 Years in the fight against childhood cancer! Photos and video clips from the night will be available in the next few weeks on our social channels and website!

2018 Hope Gala Family: The Hess'

2017 Hope Gala Leah Still Award for Courage Recipient: Dr. Carl June

2018 Hope Gala Family Speaker: The Hess Family

Lydia Hess, who was born in July 2011, lives near Hershey, PA with her parents, Brandon and Julie, and brothers, Owen (8) and Silas (1.5). In 2014, when she was just two and a half, Lydia was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). Throughout that year, Lydia was admitted overnight 10 times for almost 100 days, including one two-month stay. During these visits, she endured chemo, anesthesia for spinal taps, a dozen blood transfusions and other procedures. Nevertheless, Lydia is a fighter and completed treatment after 2.5 years in September 2016.

Today, Lydia still goes to a clinic monthly to check her blood counts, but is doing great! She is a happy and healthy first-grader surrounded by a loving family. Lydia loves to get dressed up like a princess and can't wait to do so for the 2018 Hope Gala!

The 2017 Leah Still Award for Courage Recipient: Dr. Carl June

Dr. Carl June of University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center was the second recipient of the Leah Still Award for Courage.

Dr. June is well-known for his work as a cancer immunotherapy pioneer, and he is part of the group of CRISPR investigators who recently made TIME’s 2016 Person of the Year Short List for leading the way in immunotherapy research. He is also known in the Penn State community as the doctor whose research helped treat Emily Whitehead!