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Cattlemen for Cancer Research

Tradition: A Foundation for the Future

Tradition runs deep in Central Texas, forming a bedrock of values for all who live here. In 1999, a concerned group of Central Texans drew on two traditions -- ranching and community -- to form Cattlemen for Cancer Research. This coalition of volunteers, organizations and businesses has created a unique opportunity for Texans in the agriculture-livestock industry to become personally involved in improving cancer care by supporting leading-edge cancer research conducted close to home.

With a heart for their community, friends formed the Cattlemen for Cancer Research Committee in 1999 to fight cancer in their own backyard. The results have been amazing. In fifteen years, Cattlemen for Cancer Research has raised more than $1.5 million to fund programs of MD Anderson’s Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research.

Currently Sponsored Research and Care

In addition to providing research funding, a separate dedicated fund aids patients and their families from Williamson, Travis, Lee, Bastrop and Hays counties who may need financial assistance with lodging, meals and similar services while staying in Houston to receive care. In the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor, the committee invites you to join in the fight against cancer by supporting the Cattlemen for Cancer Research Auction.

The Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research in Bastrop makes important contributions to the understanding and prevention of cancer through comparative research in animal models. This center of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center both supports research scientists at MD Anderson and conducts independent research to increase our understanding of the biological and behavioral processes that lie at the heart of cancer. The Keeling Center is recognized nationally for the high quality, specially developed animals produced for medical research. Since the most significant advances in cancer care and prevention have resulted from research involving laboratory animals, the work of the Keeling Center is critical to MD Anderson's mission of eliminating cancer in Texas, the nation and the world.

The Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research is grateful to Cattlemen for Cancer Research for engaging the Central Texas community to help fund the important cancer research conducted in Bastrop. Every year, meaningful research projects come to life thanks to the community-spirited effort to overcome cancer. Together with the faculty and staff of the Keeling Center, we are Making Cancer History®.

Ways You Can Help

Every gift makes a difference. The Cattlemen for Cancer Research sponsors two events each year.

*Cattle Auction

The Cattle Auction will be held at Hills Prairie Livestock Auction, Inc. located just outside of Bastrop, TX on October 19, 2013.

The cattle auction along with a silent auction and BBQ lunch is held every fall. Some of the ways you can help include:

  • Donating cattle to the auction
  • Donating a silent auction item
  • Attending the auction
  • Sponsoring the auction
  • Purchasing advertisement in the commemorative program

*Western Gala

The Western Gala will be held at the Elgin SPJST Hall in Elgin, TX on March 29, 2014.  

This steak dinner and dance that is held each spring is to support the work of the Cattlemen for Cancer Research.  

Throughout the Year

  • Donating cattle at your local auction facility
  • Making a direct contribution to cancer research

You can designate your donation in memory or in honor of a special person. For information on making a donation or for more auction details, please see Contact Information. You can also download a CCR donation form please fill it in and mail it back to the address shown.


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