When you attend an NF Hope® Concert you will enjoy talented local and national professional entertainers; you will be inspired by members of your own NF Community who will share their heartfelt stories and some talented NF members may even perform; and, you will have the opportunity to personally meet the Leibow family – Jeff, Melody and their daughter, Emma, who is the inspiration for NF Hope® Concerts.
The NF Hope Concert was founded in Las Vegas by former Jersey Boys star, Jeff Leibow and his wife, Melody, after their daughter, Emma, was diagnosed with NF. Jeff Leibow is the Executive Producer & Director of Development of the NF Hope Concerts
In 2014, the founder of the NF Hope® Concerts instituted an annual award to honor a recipient who has made a significant difference in the lives of those living with Neurofibromatosis.
We are honored to announce the recipient of the ADVOCATE OF HOPE AWARD for Chicago’s Inaugural NF Hope® Concert
Dr. Robert Listernick studies the natural history and treatment of optic pathway tumors in children who have neurofibromatosis-1. His clinic is a site of the Department of Defense Neurofibromatosis Clinical Trials Consortium which conducts clinical trials on individuals with NF1, NF2 and schwannomatosis. Dr. Listernick is very involved in the education program of the Department of Pediatrics.
"I am touched and honored beyond words to have been thought of for this honor. The greatest privilege of my professional career has been my involvement with the NF community. Establishing close relationships with my NF families as well as my NF colleagues around the world has given me a degree of professional satisfaction that I would wish for all physicians.” - Dr. Robert Listernick