The Junior Board Members
Juliette Pegula is a 17 year-old singer-songwriter/philanthropist from Santa Monica who founded Chords2Cure when she was in 7th grade in response to her BFF Jaxon Blumenthal's excruciating battle with liver cancer and challenges related to his liver transplant. Juliette's mission has now become one to raise funds to help battle pediatric cancer through music. She hopes amateur and professional musicians/vocalists will join Chords2Cure to raise the necessary funds to find a cure for this horrible disease. Juliette is now raising awareness for pediatric cancer in New Hampshire where she is in school focusing on music, journalism & philanthropy.
Recently Jaxon has been honored by Applebee's for his impact on pediatric cancer research. GO JAXON! Please take a moment and read this Daily News article.
Mafalda von Alvensleben (19) knew right away that the pain she felt in her right femur in the summer of 2014 was different. Yet nothing could have ever prepared her for the devastating diagnosis of Ewing Sarcoma, one of the toughest and rarest of all pediatric cancers. She went through 9 challenging months of treatment with 17 rounds of chemotherapy, 20 days of radiation therapy and Bone Graft Replacement Surgery. Almost 4 years in remission and 7 surgeries later, and after 2 1/2 years on crutches Mafalda’s leg continues to heal. Her leg finally showed promising signs of healing just in time for her first semester at Yale. In the summer of 2017 she did a research internship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with Dr. Maria Tomasi researching colon cancer. Mafalda feels honored to be a part of an organization so close to her heart, and she will continue to bring her love for the arts into supporting Chords2Cure all the way from the East Coast.
Calli Blumenthal (15), a sophomore at Crossroads School has been donating her time and energy to Chords2Cure from it’s inception. Calli’s desire to help raise funds and awareness come from watching her brother (Jax) battle pediatric cancer for many years. She’s continually inspired by his determination and positive attitude. When Calli isn’t at school or helping out at C2C headquarters, you can find her at a nearby ice rink where she spends a great deal of her time sharpening her skills as a competitive figure skater.
The Parent Board Members
Chrissy Blumenthal (second from right). A busy mother of 3, Chrissy has been involved with Chords2Cure since Day 1 when Meredith approached her with the idea to raise money for pediatric cancer research. She immediately jumped on board and couldn’t be happier to help produce the amazing Chords2Cure events. She loves working with all of the amazing volunteers and performers who make C2C possible.
Meredith Pegula (right). Another very busy mom of 3, Meredith co-founded Chords2Cure with her daughter, Juliette, who wanted to do something to help her dear friend, Jaxon. Meredith co-produces and directs the stellar cast of talented Crossroads singers and musicians whom she adores. She also works closely with each year’s special guest musicians. Her dream is to inspire music lovers around the world to donate to Chords2Cure and help us accomplish our mission to eradicate pediatric cancer.
Isabell von Alvensleben (left). Yet another busy and compassionate mom (of 2), Isabell is working as the treasurer of C2C and has been running the Chords2Cure merchandise as well as organizing the program and ticket sales. She is focusing on working on the website management this year, replacing junior member and daughter Mafalda, who just left for college. Isabell loves the idea of giving back to Dr. Federman and is proud to support his clinical trials.
Lori Furie (third from right). Lori has been an executive at Sony Pictures for more than 2 decades. She joined the Chords2Cure team in 2016 when her daughter, Charlotte, started high school at Crossroads. Charlotte is good friends with Juliette and Jaxon, so it was a no-brainer that she’d want to be part of the effort to raise money for Dr. Federman’s research. Charlotte loves being one of the student performers and Lori is honored to be the co-producer of the C2C events.
Sophie Levin is our social media manager. Sophie is a sixteen year old Crossroads sophomore from Santa Monica who became interested in the cause when she attended the first ever Chords2Cure benefit in 2015 to support loved ones in her community, such as Jaxon and Mafalda, along with all children battling pediatric cancer. Her passion for bringing awareness and funding to pediatric cancer treatments, especially after learning how little is donated to this sector of research, combined with her desire to support the children in need and her love of music, led her to begin volunteering at the event last year. This year, Sophie has expanded her role by becoming C2C's social media manager to help increase awareness and our fundraising efforts.
Elijah Ezralow is our resident student filmmaker and a senior at Crossroads School for the Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica. He has been making films since he got his first camera at the age of 11. His ideas are fueled by design, storytelling and people. Ezralow has produced documentary-style short films for the past four Chords 2 Cure events. Ezralow is editing his most recent film entitled “Sandø Project: A Case Study,” exploring the unique history, infrastructure and wildlife on a small island in the Fjords of the Norwegian coast. Ezralow is a published journalist and writer for the award-winning publication “Crossfire.” He has studied design at Art Center in Pasadena. As a performer, Ezralow has appeared in the Lincoln Center production of “PEARL” In 2015, and most recently in “PLAYGROUND” a live spectacle art exhibit at The Pompidou Center, Paris 2019, presenting the work of iconic designer Issey Miyake. He is the recipient of two scholastic silver awards in 2019.
Kit Nolan, our director of the Chords2Cure House Band is a Los Angeles based songwriter, performer, and session musician. He is the primary touring keyboardist and guitarist for Billboard Award Winning violinist and Dancing with the Stars runner up, Lindsey Stirling. As a performer he has played TV shows such as The Today Show, Conan. BBC1, Kelly & Ryan and many others, and has played iconic venues all around the world such as Red Rocks in Colorado, Hammersmith Apollo in London, The Chicago Theater and many more. As a session player he has played on tracks by One Direction, Robbie Williams (Including the #1 billboard single "Candy"), Lissie, Raury and many others. As a songwriter he has received great satisfaction and not much else but hey you can't have everything.
Suzanne Landis is a Los Angeles based photographer specializing in family, lifestyle and event photography. Suzanne is proud to have been the official photographer of Chords2Cure for the past three years!