Paul Simon and James Taylor were among the star-studded lineup for a special concert in NYC earlier this week.

The Nearness of You concert honored 15-time Grammy winner Michael Brecker, who died of Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) in 2007. Proceeds from this concert benefit cancer research at Colombia Univeristy Medical Center under the supervision of Azra Raza, MD and Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD. DPhil.

Hosted by Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness, the concert also included Bobby McFerrin and was held at the Appel Room/Jazz at Lincoln Center on Tuesday, January 20.

Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) finds itself at an auspicious moment with the opportunity to dramatically change the course of Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) research, treatment and patient care. Every element needed to discover a cure for MDS is here — their ability to perform research with the largest group of patients and tissue samples; the technology and facilities offered by the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center (HICCC); the capacity to approach every area of patient care; and the access to the best clinical staff in the field. CUMC is eager to capitalize on this rare opportunity to become the leader in MDS care in the country, and the world. To support the cause, click here.

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