Our very own Liz Kaplow was among the honorees at the recent 8th Annual Beyond Beauty Gala, which benefits the James E. Marshall Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation. Hosted by Emmy Award-winning WCBS-TV reporter Dana Tyler, the event featured actress Dendrie Taylor from The Fighter as the evening’s guest speaker. The foundation was created in 2003 by Elysée Scientific Cosmetics President Linda Marshall and family, in memory of her son who battled the condition his entire life. James died in 2002, at the age of 39.
In her acceptance, Liz Kaplow referenced her own transformative experience at the Beyond Beauty event three years prior: “Linda told her story with blatant honesty, but also with heartfelt love and optimism. She talked of the real life her son James had bravely lived. She honored his life by telling the truth. And it was in the power of storytelling that she helped us to understand OCD in a way that statistics never could. I founded Kaplow 20 years ago because I believe in the power of storytelling.”
The $225,000 raised at the event went to support Dr. Gerald Nestadt and his research team at the Johns Hopkins Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, who are working on better solutions to manage, treat and perhaps, even prevent OCD.
Kaplow, who was introduced by CEW president Carlotta Jacobson, placed the night in context: “I am honored to have been chosen for this award and I hope you will join me in a commitment to share Linda’s story and her message: To be positive, to laugh, love, to take something devastating and use it as a foundation to move forward and bring good to the world.”