Mercy's Dr. Armando Sardi Honors Donors and Partners at "Building Bridges" Gala and Fund Raiser
Left to Right: Mrs. Sally Crowel, Ambassador to the American Cancer Society; Dr. Armando Sardi; Medical Director, Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy Medical Center; Dr. Paola Ossa of the National Institute for Cancer in Colombia.
On Thursday, July 7th, 2018, Dr. Armando Sardi, Medical Director of The Institute for Cancer Care at Mercy, and The Partners for Cancer Care and Prevention (PFCCP), hosted the “Building Bridges Gala” at the residence of Camilo Reyes, the Ambassador of Colombia in Washington, D.C.
The event served to honor those donors and partners whose generosity “has had a critical impact in global cancer control,” as PFCCP Executive Director Mavalynne Orozco-Urdaneta, BA, MFT, CPC, noted in her opening remarks. Formerly known as United Hands for Health, PFCCP was established in 2011 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with a medical mission, serving more than 35,000 patients since its earliest days of operation.
The event also served to raise awareness for the work Dr. Sardi and his colleagues in Surgical Oncology at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, MD, are doing in the treatment of Peritoneal Carcinomatosis.
Dr. Sardi is a pioneer in the utilization of HIPEC, Hyperthermic or Heat Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy, a highly concentrated, heated chemotherapy treatment that is delivered directly to the abdomen during surgery. Unlike systemic chemotherapy which circulates throughout the body, HIPEC delivers chemotherapy directly to cancer cells in the abdomen.
The gala also served to promote the 9th annual “Heat It To Beat It” walk at the Maryland Zoon on Sunday, Sept. 23rd; since its inception in 2010, Heat It To Beat It has raised more than $1,000,000 to support research led by Dr. Sardi.
Key supporters represented at the event which featured more than 200 attendees included the American Cancer Society, The Susan G. Komen Foundation, American Breast Care, and Mercy Surgical Oncology.
Founded in 1874 in downtown Baltimore by the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Medical Center is a 183-licensed bed acute care university-affiliated teaching hospital. Mercy has been recognized as a top Maryland hospital by U.S. News & World Report; a Top 100 hospital for Women’s Health & Orthopedics by Healthgrades; is currently A-rated for Hospital Safety (Leapfrog Group), and is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center as a Magnet Hospital. Mercy Medical Center is part of Mercy Health Services (MHS), the parent of Mercy’s primary care and specialty care physician enterprise, known as Mercy Personal Physicians, which employs more than 200 providers with locations in Baltimore, Lutherville, Overlea, Glen Burnie, Columbia and Reisterstown. For more information about Mercy, visit www.mdmercy.com, MDMercyMedia on Facebook, Twitter, or call 1-800-MD-Mercy.