STEPHANIE SANDLER served as a member of the 2013 Gala event committee before joining the board of directors later that year. The work of PHASE ONE has struck a chord with Stephanie because of friends struggling for a cure, and also her beloved uncle (the patriarch of the family) who had just lost his battle with neuroendocrine pancreatic and liver cancer. Stephanie’s uncle turned his four-month prognosis into nine and a half years due to two different phase I treatments. He would not take “no” as an answer and was willing to try whatever treatment available. PHASE ONE would have been an organization he would have been proud to be a part of. A former film executive and chef.