Thank you for

Advancing the Breakthrough

We're so overwhelmed by the level of support at the 7th Annual Advancing the Breakthrough event! Thank you to our Tri State chapter members, our generous sponsors, investors, and everyone who joined us at the Mann Center on October 1, 2021 to ensure essential and life-saving research continues.


Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2022 date!


The end of cancer begins with research 


The American Cancer Society’s research investments play a pivotal role in the cancer research space – advancing what we know about what causes cancer and how best to prevent, detect, and treat the disease. Now more than ever, it is clear the world needs advances in research. We need scientists with big ideas and bright minds. We need lifesaving treatments, early detection, and prevention. We need people like you who take action.  

Hosted By American Cancer Society Tri State Chapter Members


Gina K. Clark, Executive Vice President & Chief Communications & Administration Officer, AmerisourceBergen and President, AmerisourceBergen Foundation

Daniel R. Tropeano, Senior Vice President & General Manager, OptumRx


Joseph H. Capper, Retired President & Chief Executive Officer, BioTelemetry, Inc.

Kent Gushner, President, Boyds Philadelphia

Daniel K. Fitzpatrick, CFA, President, Citizens Bank, Mid Atlantic Region

Michael J. Heller, Executive Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Cozen O’Connor
William Mignucci, Jr., President, Di Bruno Bros.
Joe Frick, Senior Advisor, Diversified Search
David Pernock, President & Chief Commercial Officer, Eagle Pharmaceuticals
Christopher L. Bruner, Partner, EY - Philadelphia
Tom Vellios, Co-Founder & Executive Chairman, Five Below

Michael Petroutsas, Senior Vice President for Oncology, GSK
Daniel J. Hilferty, President & Chief Executive Officer, Independence Blue Cross

Jon Resnick, President US & Canada, IQVIA

Hossam Sadek, IQVIA

Tom Cavanaugh, President, Janssen Oncology
Cynthia Funaro Towers, Esq., President & Chief Executive Officer, JURISolutions

Frank Mattei, Managing Partner, KPMG – Philadelphia

Michael J. Hennessy Jr., President & CEO, MJH Life Sciences

Rick Hughes, Executive Director, The HSSG Wealth Group at UBS

Jay Snowden, President & Chief Executive Officer, Penn National Gaming
Deanna Byrne, Managing Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers – Philadelphia
David S. Chernow, President & Chief Executive Officer, Select Medical

Bill Sasso, Chairman, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP
John Walsh, President & Chief Executive Officer, UGI Corporation


Members Emeritus

Steve Collis, Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, AmerisourceBergen

Douglas C. Yearley, Jr., Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Toll Brothers