Roka Akor Old Orchard Grand Opening Spotlights BRCA1 Discovery And “Decoding Annie Parker” Premiere


Roka Akor Owner and Lake Forest resident Dr. John Kapoor and chef Ce Bian (at Chicago Roka Akor location. Photo: Tim Hiatt, 2012, courtesy of Not pictured here, Brett Vibber, Executive Chef

With their decision to include the inspiring Annie Parker of the documentary “Decoding Annie Parker” and the Leadership Circle of the Illinois American Cancer Society in the Grand Opening of Roka Akor restaurant at Old Orchard, Dr. John Kapoor and Mary Gauwitz created a Red Carpet Virtuous Circle.

Roka Akor opened Wednesday, “Decoding Annie Parker” premiered Thursday, guests at each event were inspired to live, eat and support good work well ever after. Make It Better was a proud Media Sponsor of the screening through the nonprofit host, FORCE (Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered).

Kapoor founded Roka Akor in the United States in Scottsdale, Arizona based on his London friend’s restaurant. This is the second Chicago area location.

Gauwitz is a passionate supporter of ACS and cancer research.

“Decoding Annie-Parker” is the story of Dr. Mary-Claire King (played by Academy Award winner Helen Hunt), the geneticist responsible for discovering the BRCA1 gene and its link to breast and ovarian cancer. It is also the story of Annie Parker, a sharp-witted, irrepressible young woman who watches her mother, and then sister, fall victim to breast cancer. When she is diagnosed with the disease as well, she is resolved to educate herself and fight back.

Front Row (left to right) – Annie Parker (“Decoding Annie Parker” feature subject, cancer survivor, irrepressible spirit), Mary Gauwitz, Maryann Rasmussen, me
Back Row – Maggie Paniotte, Dr. Tina Mantis, Connie Teska, Simriti Ranajee

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