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Foundation raises funds for free GvHD symposium for patients, families

12/13/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Photo courtesy of the Meredith A. Cowden Foundation
CUYAHOGA FALLS — The Meredith A. Cowden Foundation hosted the third annual Six Courses for a Cure Gourmet Wine Dinner and Live Auction in August at the Sheraton Suites Akron/Cuyahoga Falls.

According to event organizers, the 150 guests raised a record amount of proceeds to fund the 2012 Graft vs. Host Disease (GvHD) National Symposium — the only symposium in the Western Hemisphere solely dedicated to this malady. The symposium took place Nov. 2 in Independence.

GvHD is a condition that is a complication of a bone marrow transplant, which can be an acute or chronic condition, and can be fatal if not controlled properly, according to foundation officials.

The dinner’s six courses were prepared by: executive chef Roger Thomas, of Piatto Novo at The Sheraton Suites in Cuyahoga Falls; executive chef Lynette “LBEE” Bushey, of Verde Mexican Kitchen & Cantina in Pittsburgh; executive chef Kevin Francek, of Moe’s Restaurant in Cuyahoga Falls; chef Steve Schimoler, of Crop Bistro in Cleveland; chef Rick Carson, of Nosh Eatery and Creative Catering in Hudson; and chef Aaron Hervey, of Crave in Downtown Akron.

Shown at right, from left, at the event are Meredith, Gerry and Marti Cowden.

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