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Johnson & Bell Attorney Katherine A. Twardak will serve as co-chair of the Susan G. Komen Chicago Ignite the Fight Gala on October 21, 2017, which is the organization’s 20th anniversary event. Ms. Twardak is co-chairing the event with her mother, Marcy A. Twardak.

The Susan G. Komen Foundation’s mission is to save lives by meeting the most critical needs in the community, and to invest in breakthrough research to prevent and cure breast cancer.

The Ignite the Fight event intends to help with leveling the playing field for women in the Chicagoland community who have neither the resources nor access to optimal treatment. The event also hopes to conduct and fund global breast cancer research, and provide education and navigation about metastatic breast cancer and the options available.

The Ignite the Fight event will honor exceptional Chicagoans who lead the fight to make sure there is quality health care for all, and it will honor those who seek to find a cure for the disease. The evening will also celebrate breast cancer survivors and memorialize those that have been lost.

Komen Founder and Ambassador Nancy Brinker and her son, Eric Brinker, plan to attend, as well as Dr. Robert Winn, director of UIC Cancer Center, and Elena M. Kamel, M.D. Two-time Emmy winning actor, Mario Lopez, will help Komen Chicago light the bridges of the Chicago River pink in honor of breast cancer survivors.

Ms. Twardak is a member of the Healthcare Practice group at Johnson & Bell, and focuses on medical malpractice defense.


Katie reports that the Ignite the Fight event drew an audience of 520 participants and raised a six-figure-dollar amount to help fund the fight against breast cancer.  The Chicago Tribune also contributed a story about the event.

Congrats to Katie and her Ignite the Fight team!