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Kasey Jones and Frank Michael.

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Sara Glassman, sglassman@startribune.com License to Cure, young professionals American Cancer Society gala at Metropolitan Club at Target Field. Abby Huange and Soo Park.

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Sara Glassman, sglassman@startribune.com License to Cure, young professionals American Cancer Society gala at Metropolitan Club at Target Field. Courtney Smallbeck and Shannon Gherty Anderson, event chairs.

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Sara Glassman, sglassman@startribune.com License to Cure, young professionals American Cancer Society gala at Metropolitan Club at Target Field. Heather Stefanski, M.D. and Ph.D.; Sven Sundgaard, KARE 11 and Mark Osborn, Ph.D.

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Sara Glassman, sglassman@startribune.com License to Cure, young professionals American Cancer Society gala at Metropolitan Club at Target Field. Dan Capetz and Rachaelle Brady.

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Sara Glassman, sglassman@startribune.com License to Cure, young professionals American Cancer Society gala at Metropolitan Club at Target Field. T. Cody Turnquist and Brittany Thelemann.

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Sara Glassman, sglassman@startribune.com License to Cure, young professionals American Cancer Society gala at Metropolitan Club at Target Field. Elizabeth and her mom Mary Scattarella.

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Sara Glassman, sglassman@startribune.com License to Cure, young professionals American Cancer Society gala at Metropolitan Club at Target Field. Angel and Michelle Gonzalez.

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Sara Glassman, sglassman@startribune.com License to Cure, young professionals American Cancer Society gala at Metropolitan Club at Target Field. Trace Martin, Vanessa Denis and Ted Irgens.

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Kasey Jones and Frank Michael.

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Sara Glassman, sglassman@startribune.com License to Cure, young professionals American Cancer Society gala at Metropolitan Club at Target Field. Abby Huange and Soo Park.

Sara Glassman, Star Tribune

Sara Glassman, sglassman@startribune.com License to Cure, young professionals American Cancer Society gala at Metropolitan Club at Target Field. Courtney Smallbeck and Shannon Gherty Anderson, event chairs.

Sara Glassman, Star Tribune

Sara Glassman, sglassman@startribune.com License to Cure, young professionals American Cancer Society gala at Metropolitan Club at Target Field. Heather Stefanski, M.D. and Ph.D.; Sven Sundgaard, KARE 11 and Mark Osborn, Ph.D.

Sara Glassman, Star Tribune

Sara Glassman, sglassman@startribune.com License to Cure, young professionals American Cancer Society gala at Metropolitan Club at Target Field. Dan Capetz and Rachaelle Brady.

Sara Glassman, Star Tribune

Sara Glassman, sglassman@startribune.com License to Cure, young professionals American Cancer Society gala at Metropolitan Club at Target Field. T. Cody Turnquist and Brittany Thelemann.

Sara Glassman, Star Tribune

Sara Glassman, sglassman@startribune.com License to Cure, young professionals American Cancer Society gala at Metropolitan Club at Target Field. Elizabeth and her mom Mary Scattarella.

Sara Glassman, Star Tribune

Sara Glassman, sglassman@startribune.com License to Cure, young professionals American Cancer Society gala at Metropolitan Club at Target Field. Angel and Michelle Gonzalez.

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Sara Glassman, sglassman@startribune.com License to Cure, young professionals American Cancer Society gala at Metropolitan Club at Target Field. Trace Martin, Vanessa Denis and Ted Irgens.

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James Bond cures cancer

  • Article by: Story and photos by sara glassman
  • Star Tribune
  • March 5, 2011 - 1:38 PM

For one night only, James Bond played a role in curing cancer.

At the "License to Cure" fundraiser last month, suave young professionals acted as not-so-covert agents to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

The night was about power players, including a live auction of lunches with Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and the CEOs of Caribou Coffee and HealthPartners.

Since 007 often operates incognito, KARE-TV meteorologist Sven Sundgaard played the part perfectly: He hosted the event, then vanished (to do the nightly weather forecast, we think).

Perhaps researcher Mark Osborn would fit the Bond bill. He has been a recipient of a grant from the Cancer Society. At the University of Minnesota, he's focused on Fanconi anemia, a rare form of pediatric cancer. However, Osborn doesn't liken his work with "genetic surgery" to the heroics of an international superspy. "If I were going to refer to anyone as a superstar, it's the kids we treat," he said. "Sometimes their bravery gets lost in the mix. Everything we do is for them and their families."

That's the ultimate mission.

Sara Glassman • 612-673-7177

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