Gala for a Cure in Branford to help benefit lung cancer research

(WTNH) — The Melissa Marottoli Hogan Foundation is holding a Gala for a Cure event to raise money for lung cancer research.

Melissa Marottoli Hogan was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer at 26 years old without any explanation, but her family stayed by her side. She lived five years with stage four cancer; four years longer than her family expected.

The Melissa Marottoli Hogan Foundation is dedicated by her sisters to Melissa’s attitude, faith, and access to great medicine.

Melissa and her two sisters Lindsay Marottoli Greenberg and Kristen Marottoli Peck went overseas to seek treatment. As Melissa’s identical twin sister, Lindsay used her own immune system through immunotherapy to try and fight Melissa’s cancer. Lindsay and Kristen want to bring more awareness about this cutting edge technology to the United States. Immunotherapy could be a replacement for toxic chemo therapy.

The signature Gala for a Cure event is happening on March 3rd at 7:00 p.m. at Woodwinds in Branford. In years past, this event has brought in over $150,000.

Tickets are $100 per person. For more information, visit 

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