Event Chairs

Sue & Anthony Marguleas
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Sue Hammes was a 25-year-old nurse when the new Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford opened its doors in June 1991 in Palo Alto, California. 


Anthony Marguleas was 26 years old when he was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma, a rare, soft tissue cancer typically seen in young children. He initially had treatments at Stanford Hospital, but despite his adult age, Anthony was moved to the Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford because of his type of cancer. Soon after his arrival, Sue was assigned as his primary nurse. Because Anthony was extremely sick (down to 98 pounds) from the chemotherapy and radiation treatments, Sue spent a great deal of time caring for him.


Fortunately, Anthony had an identical twin brother, Brian and his medical team felt that Anthony was a good candidate for a bone marrow transplant. The transplant was a success. Sue and Anthony fell in love, got married, have four children – Max, Sam, and twins Jack and Anna - and have lived happily ever after for the past 27 years. Sue continues her work as a nurse part-time at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Anthony founded Amalfi Estates, a residential real estate brokerage in 1995.


Anthony’s cancer was a call-to-action for Sue, Anthony, their children, and his parents. Anthony’s father, Howard, was the first president of the American Cancer Society Foundation. His mother, Ardith was involved in the Desert Chapter of the American Cancer Society. Their son, Sam, fundraises through the Relay-For-Life event. Sue and Anthony spoke at the American Cancer Society Kick-Off in 1994 and have been active with the California Spirit food & wine benefit for the past several years. Anthony’s company donates 10% of their commission from home sales to select charities, one of which is the American Cancer Society. In the past few years they have been fortunate to have been able to donate nearly $200,000 to ACS. They are thrilled to be chairing the 2021 & 2020 California Spirit events.


Sue and Anthony want everyone to have a chance to have a happy ending like theirs.