“Each year globally, 12.7 million people learn they have cancer, and 7.6 million people die from the disease.” - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
This Saturday at the Mandarin Oriental in Washington DC, MicroTech is contributing to and will attend the Fifth Annual Joan Hisaoka "Make a Difference" Gala to honor and support those living with the disease. Hisaoka passed away from cancer in May 2008. She was the founder and president of Hisaoka Public Relations Inc., providing marketing consulting to her local clients. Ms. Hisaoka earned many awards for her determination and success.
Since its creation in 2008, the gala has raised over $3,200,000. Its mission is to continue Ms. Hisaoka’s work “by supporting organizations that bring hope and healing to those faced with serious illness,” according to the organization’s website.
Seventy percent of the event’s proceeds go to Life with Cancer, a nonprofit healthcare system founded in 1987 at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Northern Virginia. Twenty percent goes to The Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, a nonprofit arts space in the U Street corridor in Washington DC. And the last 10 percent goes to The Brem Foundation, a volunteer 501(c)(3) organization that provides research, community outreach, and education on breast cancer.
MicroTech’s Senior Vice President of Business Development, Byron Athan, and Vice President, Business Development, Joe Glorioso will attend the black tie event. The gala will feature a silent and live auction, reception, dinner, and an after party.
The CDC explains how disastrous cancer is and how many people it affects, stating, “Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease; it kills more than half a million Americans every year.”
Though it’s only one night of raising money, MicroTech is proud to contribute to the "Make a Difference" Gala.