‘Sully’ Lands in Palm Beach, Supports St. Jude

Lorrie Sullenberger, Chesley Sullenberger, Talbot Maxey at St. Jude dinner in Palm Beach.Capt. Chesley Sullenberger, who landed a disabled jetliner safely on the Hudson, described his heroes to guests at a Palm Beach dinner benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Above are Lorrie Sullenberger, Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and Talbot Maxey.

Palm Beach, FL – Who does the Hero of the Hudson look up to? The kids battling disease at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and their parents.

Capt. Chesley (Sully) Sullenberger, who safely landed a U.S. Airways jetliner on the Hudson River in 2009, was the keynote speaker at St. Jude’s 4th annual Palm Beach Dinner at Club Colette. The program was dedicated to raising funds for breakthrough treatment and care of children with cancer and other diseases.

Thomas C. Quick, Ed Eissey

Thomas C. Quick, Ed Eissey

Chairman of the event were Lourdes Fanjul, Talbott Maxey and Thomas C. Quick.

Supporters enjoyed fine dining and dancing, while honoring the work of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas, who, at the grand opening of St. Jude 50 years ago, declared that “no child should die in the dawn of life.”

Guests also heard from Dr. David Ellison, chair of the Pathology Department at St. Jude, and Dr. John Sandlund, who specializes in leukemia and lymphoma, and works with Russia in the International Outreach Program for St. Jude.

A strong advocate for St. Jude, Sullenberger has demonstrated his support in a variety of ways, including a visit to the hospital in 2009 to take part in a nationally televised St. Jude public service announcement that inspires others to get involved. At the Palm Beach dinner, he discussed how rare it is that everyday people are required to be courageous. But at St. Jude, he said, the children and their parents demonstrate courage everyday.

St. Jude is a pediatric treatment and research facility. No child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay. St. Jude researchers have helped push overall survival rates for childhood cancer from 20 to 80 percent. It has raised the level of cure rates for the most common form of cancer (Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia) from 4 percent in 1962 to 94 percent. Other research studies at St. Jude pushed the survival rate among adolescents, ages 15-18 from 59 percent to 88 percent by replacing radiation of the brain with chemotherapy.

Sponsors of the 2012 St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital dinner, held Feb. 25, 2012, included the Paradise Fund, the Fanjul family, Florence A. De George, William H. Pitt Foundation, Pauline B. Pitt, Michele and Howard Kessler, Thomas C. Quick, Eddy and John J. Taylor, Mary and Mark Freitas, Darlene and Gerald R. Jordan, Daniel Ponton, the Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative and Lesly Smith.

For more information, visit www.stjude.org.

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