A leading expert in the financial services industry, Kenneth Wirth oversees First Financial Resources, Ltd., as chief executive officer. Aside from work, Kenneth Wirth serves as a board member for Teamwork Foundation, Inc.
Teamwork Foundation aims to provide athletic training, college guidance, and tutoring to underserved kids in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx. The organization’s sports and academic programs stand out in an area fraught with challenges such as high unemployment and high school dropout rates.
The New York Gauchos Basketball program is one of Teamwork Foundation’s most prominent initiatives. This program offers youths an elite basketball training experience that is rooted in collegiate advancement and academic excellence. The foundation believes that by making basketball training an incentive for kids to stay in school, youths will be more motivated to perform academically. As a testament to its effectiveness, the program has produced many future NBA players, including Chris Mullin, Taj Gibson, and Kemba Walker.
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) raises funding for research and programs that help individuals with blood cancers lead higher quality and longer lives. As the world’s leader in this field, the organization strives to find improved treatments and cures for leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and Hodgkin’s disease.
Since its establishment in 1949, LLS has been a major force behind blood cancer research. LLS supported research that led to the creation of chemotherapy drugs in the 1950s. In the following decade, researchers refined chemotherapy drugs for children with leukemia. In the 1970s, LLS research funded projects that designed the first successful bone marrow transplants. During the 1980s, LLS advisors discovered cancer causing “oncogenes.”
From the 1990s to the present, LLS research has led to greater understanding of genetic and molecular abnormalities that cause particular blood cancers. Researchers have formulated targeted drugs that spare normal cells and selectively kill cancer cells, thereby reducing the side effects of standard therapies. To counteract the negative effects of chemotherapy and radiation therapies, researchers have identified “growth factors” that have the potential to revitalize the patients’ blood systems following these treatments. Other immune-stimulating therapies include vaccines and antibodies.
Each new decade brings exciting advances in blood cancer research. To learn more about the work of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, as well as giving opportunities, visit http://www.lls.org.
About the author: Kenneth Wirth served on the Board of Trustees and held the position of Chapter President of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Westchester. An extraordinarily successful CEO in the financial services industry for four decades, Mr. Wirth also has excelled in raising funds for nonprofit organizations, organizing AAU basketball teams, and serving as a Business Manager for a Broadway musical.
Located in Greenwich, Connecticut, Kenneth Wirth serves as the chief executive officer of First Financial Resources, Ltd. A veteran financial services professional, Kenneth Wirth also manages The Midtown Men, a group slated to make its debut at The Kennedy Center during 2014. A producer of the play entitled “Peter and The Star Catcher,” the winner of five Tony Awards he recently joined the prestigious board of the The Drama League. Based in New York City but with a nationwide membership, the organization strives to enhance interactions between the artists and their audiences, and provide emerging theater artists training and professional development.
Since 1984, The Drama League has provided The Drama League Directors Project for aspiring and mid-level theater directors. More than 300 alumni of the project currently work in the entertainment industry, directing on- and off-Broadway, in film and TV, or in regional theaters across the nation. Additionally, they are educators or they are working as writers, agents, or in other aspects of the entertainment industry. Many have received Tonys, Emmys, and other notable awards. Designed to help young directors hone their skills and gain more rapid acceptance within the network of professionals, The Directors Project also affords attendees the opportunity to present their work.