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VEPS Luncheon Touts Laughter as the Best Medicine

VEPS Luncheon Touts Laughter as the Best Medicine
M. D. Anderson News Release 02/14/00

There's not much funny to say about cancer, but well-known Texas author Prudence Mackintosh plans to sneak some laughter onto the plate.

Mackintosh, the featured speaker at the annual luncheon benefiting the Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support (VEPS) at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, has often exposed her own funny bone with her writings about motherhood and other rites of social passage, which make Texas women a breed of their own.

The luncheon, set for 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, March 1, at River Oaks Country Club, will raise money for patient programs that provide daily nurture to cancer patients and their families at M. D. Anderson.

Tickets for the event are in such demand that chairman Missy Welsh reports most were sold before the invitations hit the post office. Welsh, a breast cancer survivor and active M. D. Anderson volunteer, says, "The VEPS luncheon promises lunch, laughter and lots more. When you are diagnosed with cancer, laughter seems very far away, but truly, it can be the best kind of medicine."

Mackintosh, who titles her VEPS speech "How Much Laughter Is Too Much?," has published three books, Thundering Sneakers, Retreads and Just As We Were: A Narrow Slice of Texas Womanhood. She is also a contributing editor for Texas Monthly magazine and her work has appeared in McCall's, Ladies Home Journal, Redbook and other publications.

Fans can look forward to spring 2001 when her next book, Sneaking Out, will be available. This one, says Mackintosh, is about letting go of her children - although in writing it, she stalled briefly when they didn't leave.

Since its inception by volunteers in 1991, VEPS has allocated almost $350,000 to fund patient programs at M. D. Anderson. The endowment currently tops the $897,000 mark.

For more information, call Maggi Reese at 713-745-0270.



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