Better Makers: Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation Dinner Supports GI Cancer Research and Real Estate Education

Nearly one year ago, Kyle Davis was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer that had spread to his liver. But on Oct. 15, Davis stood in front of a room full of nearly 700 people at the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation’s 21st Annual Dinner to share his personal journey of recovery. Without the efforts of his doctors at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center at Northwestern University, Davis’ treatment options would not have been possible.

Cancer Survivor Kyle Davis Speaks About His Recovery
GI Cancer Survivor Kyle Davis

The Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation is committed to raising funds to support gastrointestinal (GI) cancer research through their partnership with the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, where the HEEF funds a GI Cancer Tissue Bank. The foundation also offers scholarship opportunities for college students interested in real estate careers, and provides unique mentorship opportunities for students in the business world.

The 21st Annual Dinner, which took place at the Hilton Chicago, raised $490,000 for the foundation’s two-pronged mission of funding GI cancer research and real estate education. Over the years, the foundation has committed $1.5 million to the Harold E. Eisenberg Foundation GI Cancer OncoSET program and other research initiatives at the Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center. The OncoSET program leads an initiative to deliver personalized cancer treatments to patients with limited options, like Kyle Davis.

The event not only celebrated GI cancer survivors that have benefitted from the foundation, but also aspiring real estate talents. The Eisenberg Foundation offers 15 different education programs and has invested nearly $500,000 in scholarships and programming to advance the careers of young students. This year’s scholarship winners were recognized and congratulated by the first ever scholarship recipient from 19 years ago.

Kevin Wolfberg and Elizabeth O’Brien were the event’s co-chairs, with Presenting Sponsor Wintrust Bank and Premier Sponsors NARE and Old Second Bank.

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Scholarship winners from past and present.
The Eisenberg Foundation’s scholarship recipients.
Event co-chairs Kevin Wolfberg and Elizabeth O'Brien
Event co-chairs Kevin Wolfberg and Elizabeth O’Brien
Eisenberg Foundation Brad Emanuel and Katie Hurley Wales
Brad Emanuel and Katie Hurley Wales
Eisenberg Foundation Jenna Goebig, Claudia Sadowicz, Kim Curschaman, and Brooke Jaenson
Jenna Goebig, Claudia Sadowicz, Kim Curschaman, and Brooke Jaenson

Madison Muller is a senior at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, learning to navigate the contemporary media environment with compassion and candor. She enjoys writing about health, travel, and humanity. You can always find her with a coffee in hand. Madison is a proud supporter of the National Eating Disorders Association.




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