Juliette Pegula (18) is a singer-songwriter/philanthropist from Los Angeles who co-founded Chords2Cure when she was in 7th grade in response to her friend Jaxon Blumenthal's excruciating battle with liver cancer and challenges related to his liver transplant. Juliette is dedicated to raising funds to help battle pediatric cancer through music. She hopes amateur and professional artists 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, early childhood education & philanthropy.
Mafalda von Alvensleben (20) 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. Mafalda's leg continues to give her problems after almost 5 years in remission and 7 surgeries, and almost 3 years on and off crutches. Her leg finally showed promising signs of healing just in time for her first semester at Yale in 2018 yet it broke again in April 2019. In the summer of 2017 she did a research internship at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center with Dr. Maria Tomasi researching colon cancer. Now in her sophomore year at college she decided on majoring in cognitive science focussing on studying resilience. Mafalda feels honored to be a part of an organization so close to her heart, and she will continue to bring her love of the arts into Chords2Cure all the way from the East Coast.
Calli Blumenthal (15) is a sophomore at Crossroads School. She has been donating her time and energy to Chords2Cure from its inception. Her desire to help raise funds and awareness comes 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 time sharpening her skills as a competitive figure skater.
Charlotte Furie (18) became good friends with Jax and Juliette upon arrival at Crossroads in 9th grade and she immediately wanted to be part of C2C. She loves performing at the annual concert and for the past 2 years, she was the top student fundraiser. Along with Calli, Charlotte started the C2C Club at school to help raise money and awareness for our organization. When she isn’t at school or working with C2C, Charlotte can likely be found pursuing her passion for the theater.
Chrissy Blumenthal (second from right). President, Chrissy, a busy mom of 3 (and Jaxon’s caretaker) has been involved with C2C since its inception. When the opportunity arose, she jumped in head first to help run and raise money for C2C. She loves the challenge of securing talent for the show and really enjoys working with all of the amazing volunteers and performers who make C2C possible. She also devotes her time and energy to her blog, Medicine Mom, in hopes of helping other people facing similar challenges.
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 is the musical director of each year's stellar cast of talented student singers and musicians. She also works closely with all the special guest artists. Her dream is to inspire music lovers around the world to donate to Chords2Cure and help accomplish our mission to eradicate pediatric cancer.
Isabell von Alvensleben (left). Yet another busy and compassionate mom (of 2), Isabell is the treasurer of C2C and co-producer of the events. She joined Chords2Cure in 2015 after her daughter Mafalda had finished her chemotherpay treatment. 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 Entertainment for 26 years and draws on her production experience to co-produce the C2C events . 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 Lori wanted to be part of C2C's efforts. Charlotte loves performing at C2C and the entire Furie Family is committed to raising funds for pediatric cancer research and clinical trials.
Elijah Ezralow (17) is our resident student filmmaker and a senior at Crossroads School. His ideas are fueled by design, storytelling, and people. Elijah has produced and created documentary-style short films for each Chords2Cure concert to date. He is currently in production on the C2C film 2020. Additionally, he is editing his most recent documentary project that explores the unique history, infrastructure, and wildlife on a small island in the Fjords of Norway. Elijah is a published journalist and an Editor in Chief on the award-winning publication Crossfire. He studied design at Art Center, Pasadena in 2018 and product design at Stanford University in 2019. He is the recipient of two regional scholastic silver awards for his work in design and journalism 2019. In the Performing Arts Elijah appeared in the Lincoln Center production Pearl in 2015 and recently performed in Playground, a live spectacle art exhibit at The Pompidou Center, Paris 2019, presenting the work of iconic designer Issey Miyake. Elijah has worked as a production assistant on multiple shows with Miyake Design Studios. In addition to his volunteer work with C2C, Elijah is the co-creator of Lemonaid+Firstaid, a group that raises funds for Doctors Without Borders and awareness about first responder preparedness.
Sophie Levin (16) is our social media manager. Sophie 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.
Kit Nolan, has been our director of the Chords2Cure House Band for several years. He is a Los Angeles based songwriter, performer and session musician. He is also 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 on TV shows such as The Today Show, Conan, BBC1, Kelly & Ryan and many others. Kit has played at iconic venues all around the world such as Red Rocks (Colorado), Hammersmith Apollo (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!