Media Personality and patient advocate Valerie Smaldone and Dr. Francis Arena, co-Founder of the SASS Foundation, visited the New York Stock Exchange on Tues., Sept. 29 to highlight Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.

About Valerie Smaldone
A five-time Billboard Magazine Award winner, Valerie is perhaps best known for her years of success holding the #1 position in the New York radio market as the midday host of New York’s Lite FM, 106.7. In addition, she was a creator and host of ‘Spotlight On,’ a nationally syndicated radio program that featured in-depth interviews with top recording artists such as Paul McCartney, Elton John, Sting and Celine Dion. Valerie also conceived, produced and hosted a talk/music program geared toward women for Clear Channel online.

As a patient advocate, Valerie has spoken on behalf of ovarian cancer patients regarding the psychological effects of the disease. She was a recent guest speaker at a medical conference at the Oncology Society of Bari, Italy, has received numerous awards for her humanitarian work including the World Foundation for Medical Studies in Female Health, and The Sass Foundation, and has been a spokesperson and fundraiser for The Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition.

About Francis P. Arena, M.D.
F.A.C.P., Board Certified Internal Medicine and Oncology
Francis P. Arena, MD, FACP is a product of one of the most renowned cancer centers in the world, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Because of his keen interest in cancer research, Dr. Arena helped establish the SASS Foundation for Medical Research, which supports medical fellows at a number of hospitals. He is on the Advisory Board of “1 in 9″, the Breast Cancer Coalition, and serves as a consultant for numerous pharmaceutical companies.

About the SASS Foundation
The SASS Foundation for Medical Research, a 501(c) (3)non-profit organization, is committed to education, research, and education in various hematological and malignant diseases. As a part of research commitment, the SASS Foundation offers four research grants annually to bright young post-doctoral fellows to pursue innovative ideas that have the potential to develop into independent investigators with sustained extramural NIH type funding. The amount of funding is $40,000 for one year, which can be competitively renewed for a second year.

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