Lily Hensiek (right) with her mother, Larisa Featherstone. Photo by Rachel Moore.

Eve of Janus celebrates 50th anniversary with $1 million gift

Published on March 17th, 2022 by Christina Echegaray.

Lily Hensiek (right) with her mother, Larisa Featherstone. Photo by Rachel Moore.

The Eve of Janus, the longest-running fundraising event for Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, recently celebrated its 50th anniversary with a $1 million milestone gift to the hospital’s Tri Delta Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic.

As part of A Campaign Against Childhood Cancer: Soaring Higher, Dreaming Bigger, the donation will help expand space dedicated to clinical care for pediatric and adolescent cancers and will address the needs of even more families in the region.

Each year, the Eve of Janus, coordinated by volunteer Tri Delta alumnae, recognizes outstanding college-age individuals from the Nashville area at their gala event supporting Children’s Hospital.

Since 1970, the Eve of Janus has raised over $5 million in support of Children’s Hospital’s pediatric cancer initiatives.

Through this generosity, they’ve provided funding for a research laboratory and established the Tri Delta Pediatric Cancer Endowed Research Fund and the Tri Delta Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Clinic.

“We are so proud to celebrate 50 years of supporting pediatric cancer efforts at Children’s Hospital,” said Carolyn Hannon, co-chair, along with Carroll Kimball, of the Eve of Janus Advisory Board. “Our multiyear pledge signifies the excitement we have for expanding pediatric cancer care and our deep commitment to this cause.”

Additionally, the 2021 gala event, held in December, was dedicated to the memory of the late Luke Gregory, former Children’s Hospital Chief Executive Officer, who died after a courageous battle with lymphoma in 2019. Gregory was recognized as honorary co-chair for the 2021 gala.

Serving as junior honorary co-chair was former Children’s Hospital patient and childhood cancer survivor, Lily Hensiek. Now a junior at the University of South Carolina, Hensiek is an advocate for children with cancer and their families.

The 50th gala event, chaired by Carolyn Taylor and Lori Morgan, took place at the Country Music Hall of Fame to celebrate the collegians and their families.

“We salute the efforts of volunteers past and present and are incredibly grateful for their commitment,” said Kimball. “Building upon the Eve of Janus’ past support of Children’s Hospital, our new gift will be used to improve the treatment experience and prognosis of pediatric patients facing a cancer diagnosis.”

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