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Leslie Sbrocco, Sonoma Epicurean Event Honoree 2024

"I am the CAN in CANcer!"

An award-winning author, speaker, consultant, and television host, Leslie Sbrocco is known for her entertaining approach to wine and food, and for inspiring others to live with passion. Voted as one of the Top 100 most influential people in the American wine business, Sbrocco’s engaging personality, humor, and ability to connect with the audience – whether on screen or on stage – are her trademarks.

A colorectal cancer survivor, Sbrocco is using her recent cancer journey to help spread awareness and hope, as well as support for the fight against all cancers. “My cancer journey began in March of 2021 with a late-stage colon cancer diagnosis after nearly two years of misdiagnoses. I was able to assemble an amazing medical team who supported my unwavering commitment to Victory Over Cancer®," Sbrocco said. "I’ve endured 40 procedures to date and am currently disease-free. My motto is, ‘I am the CAN in CANcer!’ But I wouldn’t be here without cutting-edge research. I’m full of pride and purpose to work with the V Foundation to help raise funds to keep people like me alive and thriving.”

“Leslie is a genuine inspiration and a wonderful catalyst in raising critical funds for colorectal cancer research,” stated Jessica Kilcullen, 2024 Co-Chair of Sonoma Epicurean. “Her fighting spirit paired with her indelible sense of humor will shine and add to the positive energy of advocacy and wellness. Much like her motto, I believe together we CAN make a difference to declare Victory over Cancer®.”

Leslie is an ardent supporter of the V Foundation for Cancer Research. Every donation made will support the V Foundation's mission to fund the most cutting-edge cancer research in the nation and save more lives. 

Register today at V.ORG/EPICSONOMA to experience our Sonoma Epicurean signature event series on March 21-24, 2024. This event features curated, hands-on experiences with award-winning chefs, local artisans and world-class vintners with a focus on lifestyle, wellness and sustainability. Proceeds from the event will benefit the V Foundation for Cancer Research to fund game-changing cancer research and related programs. 

2024 V Foundation Fund-A-Need: Colorectal Cancer

The V Foundation has awarded 39 grants totaling over $8.9 million focusing on colon and rectal cancers. From 1970 to 2021, colorectal cancer mortality rates have dropped by 56%; however, it remains the leading cause of cancer death for men and second for women under the age of 50. In 2024, it is estimated that over 150,000 colorectal cases will be diagnosed. Early detection through screenings and improvements in treatment - both tied to the impact of cancer research -  are key contributors to the decline in mortality rates. Every day, scientists are working on more targeted therapies and cancer treatments of the future.