Emily and Gerard Branka
2016 Committee Members
Kate and Shaun Levesque
Geraldine and Jerry Rossi
Angela and Mark Russell
The 17th Annual High Hopes Gala took place on Saturday, November 19th at The Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel raising over $1M for the High Hopes Fund. 400 guests joined us as we celebrated Joslin's accomplishments in cutting-edge care and innovative research initiatives over the past year. J.C. Monahan, News Anchor/Co-Anchor Chronicle, WCVB-TV emceed the night and presented Drs. Gordon Weir and Susan Bonner-Weir with the 2016 Global Achievement Award and Clarissa and Sarah Peterson, patients of Joslin Diabetes Center, were honored as our "Spotlight on Hope."
Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to this year's event!
Spotlight on Hope Honorees: Clarissa and Sarah Peterson
Clarissa was diagnosed May 22, 2010, about 3 weeks before her fourth birthday, while living in Champaign, Illinois. When she was 5 years old, she moved to Boston, and at that time she became a patient of Dr. Michelle Katz at Joslin. She is currently a 5th grader at Chenery Middle School. She plays the flute, and is a member of the Courtyard Club. Clarissa is an avid reader, loves adding books to her collection and visiting the library. She enjoys playing with her siblings and especially loves to take care of her baby brother.
Sarah was diagnosed on January 19, 2014, nearly 4 years after her sister, Clarissa, and just two weeks after her third birthday. Sarah is a kindergartner at Wellington Elementary. She is excited to learn how to read and loves helping her teacher in the classroom. Sarah started soccer this fall and loves playing with her team. She loves to play outside, go to the park, ride her bike and color.
Clarissa was happy when Sarah was diagnosed and the two of them created a diabetes buddies club. Even though diabetes is hard, they are happy to have each other to help them through the tough times. Both Clarissa and Sarah enjoy being involved with raising money for diabetes research. They have held bake sales and participated in JDRF’s “OneWalk” to cure diabetes.
In addition, Clarissa and Sarah have enjoyed participating in the research at Joslin Diabetes Center by participating in a number of research studies and trials.
Global Achievement Award
Dr. Gordon Weir and Dr. Susan Bonner-Weir
Spotlight on Hope Honorees
Sarah and Clarissa Peterson