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Jeff Leibow, former star of JERSEY BOYS, is bringing his successful Las Vegas concert back to New York City and with it, the fight against Neurofibromatosis (NF). New York City's 3rd Annual NF Hope Concert is set to take place at 7:30 PM on Monday, May 6th, 2019 at Subculture NYC. Proceeds from the event will benefit Neurofibromatosis Network, an organization serving families and individuals suffering with this common, yet seldom supported neurological disorder.
The concert, produced by former JERSEY BOYS star Jeff Leibow and his wife, Melody, will draw from New York City's endless supply of local talent!
The event is inspired by the Leibows' daughter, Emma, who was diagnosed with NF in 2010 at the age of nine months. NF is a genetic disorder of the nervous system characterized by tumors that can grow on any nerve in the body without warning. Leibow and his wife, Melody, conceived the idea for the concert upon the realization that they had an obligation to their daughter and the 128,000 people living with NF in the US alone to educate others about the disorder. Since its inception in 2011, the NF Concert has raised more than three-quarters of a million dollars for Neurofibromatosis research and advocacy.
Tickets for NYC's 3rd Annual NF Hope Concert are available on this site. Get yours now!
2019 NYC HONOREES
In 2014, the founders of the NF Hope Concerts instituted two annual awards:
The Paul Bodner Memorial Award - an award presented to a member of the NF Community who has taken the challenged NF presents and used them to inspire those around them
The Advocate of Hope Award - an award presented to an individual or company, whose contributions have made a significant difference in the lives of those living with Neurofibromatosis
Dr. Arnold P. Gold, NYC's 2019 Advocate of Hope Award Recipient
Arnold Gold, MD was a world-renowned pediatric neurologist at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons. In his career, he treated thousands of patients with an unmatched humanity.
As a professor at Columbia University, he began to see disturbing trends in the way medicine was being taught. He feared that burgeoning scientific discoveries and advances in technology were shifting the focus of medicine from caring for the whole person to an over-reliance on technology. Physician trainees were scientifically proficient and technically well-trained, but often demonstrated a sad lack of caring and compassion.
Amazingly, the patient that inspired Arnold, with Sandra's help, to do something about it, was a young man with Neurofibromatosis.
He and his wife Sandra Gold, EdD, and their colleagues at Columbia began the Arnold P. Gold Foundation in 1988 with the power of an idea - to nurture and preserve the tradition of the caring physician.
In 2018, after an inspiring 92 years of life, Dr. Gold passed leaving an incredible legacy that continues to change the face of the medical profession.