Jeff Gittler ’80, CPA and a partner in the Philadelphia accounting, tax, and business consulting firm Citrin Cooperman, was the top-earning participant in the 2012 Relay for Life, held June 22–23, 2012, in Ocean City, N.J. The event held particular significance for the accounting firm, as Jeff will celebrate one year of being cancer-free in August.
The company’s team, named Citrin Cooperman Cares, raised more than $5,500 in the fight against cancer through its participation in the event, and Jeff raised more than $2,100.
“I hope that my success will be an inspiration for others who are similarly diagnosed,” Jeff said. “There is a light at the end of the tunnel after a cancer diagnosis. I would like to thank my colleagues who participated in this year’s Relay For Life, as well as the wonderful donors who helped us far exceed our fundraising goal of $1,000.”
In June 2011, Jeff was awaiting surgery to treat kidney cancer. Today, thanks to an exceptional surgeon and the support of his family, friends, and coworkers, he is cancer-free.
Relay For Life provides an opportunity for people around the world to celebrate the lives of those who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease. At the event, teams camp out at a local high school, park, or fairground and take turns walking or running around a track or path. Relay For Life is a 24-hour event in recognition of the fact that cancer never sleeps. Relay participants do not have to walk all night, but each team is asked to have a representative on the track at all times during the event. Members of the Citrin Cooperman Cares team camped out at Ocean City High School, taking turns walking the track.
“Citrin Cooperman is proud to support the American Cancer Society and our own Jeff Gittler through the firm’s participation in Relay For Life,” Mark Carrow, Citrin Cooperman managing partner, said. “We thank our team members and donors for their assistance this year, and look forward to supporting and participating in Relay 2013.”
Jeff brings more than 30 years of experience to Citrin Cooperman and is a member of the firm’s Quality Control Group. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a technical manager at the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Since 1980, he has worked for a number of accounting firms in Eastern Pennsylvania, providing accounting and tax services to a variety of industries.
The Citrin Cooperman Cares Relay for Life Group. Jeff Gittler is in the back row, in front of the ferris wheel.