New York, NY – The Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation (CCBF) will be hosting its annual “Breakthrough Ball” fundraising gala on Tuesday evening, October 28, 2008 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
Swizz Beatz, prodigious record producer and rapper, will be an honoree of the Breakthrough Spirit Award. Tiki Barber, last year’s recipient, will present the award.
On October 9th, Swizz made a a touching and poignant visit to the Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation clinic at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, and brought cheers and tears to the children ill with cancer or serious blood diseases and their parents.
Swizz Beatz spent the day talking to over a dozen children, hugging them, and inviting some of them to visit his studio. He visited the laboratories at the hospital and spoke with the doctors and researchers.
“I was really impressed by the dedication of the doctors and researchers, and the struggle and bravery of the children. It was a moving experience for me and I am very honored to be a recipient of this year’s Spirit Award,” said Swizz Beatz.
Swizz is composing a song inspired by the kids of the CCBF entitled “One Day”, and will contribute all of the proceeds of the song to the Foundation.
Kasseem Dean, born in the Bronx, New York, is known throughout the entertainment world as “Swizz Beatz”. He has a successful musical career spanning over 10 years and has produced hit songs that have sold well over 100 million records for some of the leading musical talents of our generation such as Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Metallica, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Cold Play and Jennifer Lopez, just to name a few.
Swizz Beatz’s interests span the globe. He was named “Music Ambassador for World Peace” to the United Nations from his contribution to the “International Day of Peace” project. He has worked with the United Nations to unite the entertainment community in its efforts to promote peace around the world. Recently, Swizz has joined the “My School Has Rhythm Not Violence” campaign designed to encourage troubled NYC public high school students to communicate and interact with each other non-violently by way of constructive seminars and a group music project where the students will compose a theme song for their school over a beat produced by Mr. Beatz. As a rapper, Swizz Beatz performed at a fundraiser benefit for the American Cancer Society. He also performed at the Boost Mobile RockCorps event, which was attended by youth who had earned tickets by volunteering their time to social causes in their communities. An avid art collector and painter, Swizz Beatz sold his first piece of artwork, “The Victory Suite”, a large acrylic on canvas, for $12,000 as a donation to the Children’s Cancer & Blood Foundation art auction in September.
ABOUT THE CCBF
The Children’s Cancer and Blood Foundation supports the pioneering and lifesaving work of the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Their incredible staff of doctors and researchers treats thousands of young people as inpatients and in their clinic, who suffer from a range of cancer and blood diseases, from sickle cell to immune deficiency diseases. Every year the department treats more than 1,000 patients, regardless of their ability to pay for services.