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Celebrities are ‘All In’ Helping Kids with Tumors

By February 25, 2021December 4th, 2023Awareness, Press Release, Ways to Give

Actors, comedians, fashion designers, and a professional poker player
are logging on for an online poker charity night


NEW YORK – On February 25, the Children’s Tumor Foundation is hosting a virtual National Poker Tournament to support our mission to fund critical NF research. Celebrity card sharks Jason Alexander, Joel McHale, Elizabeth Berkley, Josh Brener, David Costabile, Mark Feuerstein, Gina Hecht, Greg Lauren, Andy Lauer, Thomas Lennon, Jonathan Sadowski, Ben Shenkman, David Wain and Robin Weigert will all have seats at the virtual table, plus we’ll be joined by professional poker player Phil Gordon.


Jason Alexander


Joel McCale


Elizabeth Berkley


Josh Brener


David Costabile


Gina Hecht


Greg Lauren


Thomas Lennon


Mark Feuerstein


Andy Lauer


Ben Shenkman


David Wain


Robin Weigert


Jonathan Sadowski


Phil Gordon


The night begins with a toast via Zoom at 8:30pm ET and the cards will fly at 9:00pm ET. The winner will earn a seat at the World Series of Poker Main Event, a prize valued at $10,000.

Neurofibromatosis, NF for short, is a rare genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body and affects all ethnicities, races, and genders equally. In addition to tumors growing anywhere in the body, NF may lead to blindness, deafness, bone abnormalities, disfigurement, learning disabilities, disabling pain, and cancer. NF affects 1 in 3,000 people and, while earlier this year, the FDA approved the first-ever treatment, Koselugo (selumetinib), for inoperable plexiform neurofibromas, it only helps a limited number of patients and there is no cure at this time for NF.

“I’m thrilled to bring together a passionate group of people dedicated to upping the ante in NF research, especially during these times when we have to be creative in finding ways to connect and support important causes,” said Dan Altman, lawyer and NF Dad. “Hosting this event for the past 13 years has given me tremendous joy, and I’m looking forward to seeing what cards we are dealt at this year’s event!”

“Together with CTF Board Member Dan Altman from New York, the planning committee and the CTF Junior Board, I am thrilled to be hosting this coast-to-coast event,” said Michael B. Silver, actor and relative of an NF Hero. “The need for research is great, and it’s wonderful to see so many people – celebrities, NF families, and supporters alike – coming together for an important cause.”

For every tournament buy-in from now through the event, and for every $25 donation, you will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a :30 taped cameo with one of the celebrity card sharks. The clip will air during the Children’s Tumor Foundation May 17th World NF Awareness Day “Live” Event. 

To secure your seat, make a donation, or explore a sponsorship, visit

For more information about the Children’s Tumor Foundation, visit


About Children’s Tumor Foundation
The Children’s Tumor Foundation is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to finding effective treatments for the millions of people worldwide living with neurofibromatosis (NF), a term for three distinct disorders: NF1, NF2, and schwannomatosis. NF causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body and may lead to blindness, deafness, bone abnormalities, disfigurement, learning disabilities,disabling pain, and cancer. NF affects 1 in every 3,000 births across all populations equally. There is one approved drug for the treatment of inoperable plexiform neurofibromas, a subset of NF1 patients.The Children’s Tumor Foundation’s mission of driving research, expanding knowledge, and advancing care for the NF community fosters our vision of one day ending all manifestations of NF.For more information, please visit