HIGHLAND PARK – Known for their witty repartee on and off the air, TV and radio super couple Bob Sirott and Marianne Murciano will be the keynote speakers at the 20th Annual Myra Rubinstein Weis Health Resource Center Benefit Luncheon in May.
Sirott said different organizations have reached out to him and his wife, Murciano, for non-profit appearances over the years, but the MRW Center really struck a chord because as his father died from lung cancer. “My dad always ate healthy, but he smoked from the time he was a young kid,” he said.
One of Murciano’s close friends had cancer and attended several survival groups. “It’s such a vulnerable time of life,” she said. “I’m also very big on the fact that health education is being addressed at the center.”
The MRW Health Resource Center committee has raised more than $1 million for NorthShore University HealthSystem since its inception two decades ago. The May 4 fundraiser will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Highland Park Country Club in support of the healthcare provider’s wellness and cancer survivorship programs. The event will include free educational lectures, which are open to the public and include the importance of nutrition, exercise and genetics for cancer survivors.
“Marianne’s passions include healthy eating, healthy living and exercise,” said Sirott. He added that no matter how busy they are, his wife always makes a point of sitting down to home cooked meals with the family. This tradition was maintained when their two older children were involved in theater and continues now that their 15-year-old daughter is into sports — meaning the family often waits until after 9 p.m. to have dinner together.
“Being happy is part of being healthy, and (eating healthy dinners together) makes my kids happy,” said Murciano. “That’s one of the things that made me connect with the MRW Center.”
It also gave Murciano food for thought in creating susosfork.com, a website featuring Cuban recipes from her life. Suso is named after her childhood pet capuchin monkey.
“When I was a little girl (in Miami), my brothers and I would feed Suso all of our fruits and vegetables so we wouldn’t have to eat them,” she said. “Bob and I created the website as a reminder to eat healthy recipes with the Latin flavors I grew up with.”
The Wilmette couple launched the website in February after working on it for over a year. Sirott said many of the recipes are quick and easy to prepare, as well as tasty and nutritious. “It’s all about education, fresh ingredients and not eating processed food,” he added.
“My goal is to get the word out that what you put in your body is what gives you a long happy life,” said Murciano.
Murciano acknowledged that her emphasis on healthy cooking has been passed down to her children. Recently while Facetiming with her 26-year-old daughter, who works as a reporter and news anchor in Flint, Michigan, “I saw in the background that she was cooking a healthy dinner in a crock-pot,” she said.
Murciano and Sirott met in 1993 when they co-anchored Fox Thing In the Morning on WFLD-TV. “It was not an instant attraction, because Bob told me to save my stories to tell on the air,” said Murciano. “It took a couple of years before we got personal.”
The duo recently hosted the March 15 election primary coverage on WLS radio.
They look forward to speaking at the May 4 luncheon MRW benefit honoring Carol A. Rosenberg, MD, FACP, founder and director of LIFE (Living in the Future) preventative health initiatives. The following information was cited in foundation.northshore.org/mrw:
In addition to the LIFE Program, funds raised from the Luncheon will support an innovative, pilot project that will educate the next generation about how personalized medicine and genomics is transforming healthcare. Funds also support the Myra Rubenstein Weis Health Resource Center. An active member of the Highland Park community, she lost her life in 1990, 10 years after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Her sister, Eileen Rubenstein Goldstein, and her brother-in-law, Paul D. Goldstein, MD, continue to honor Myra’s life and her upbeat spirit by hosting an annual spring benefit luncheon with a group of dedicated volunteers and friends who plan the event