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Cattlemen for Cancer Research Rounds Up Community Support

Cattlemen for Cancer Research Rounds Up Community Support
M. D. Anderson Organizers Prepare for Fourth Annual Event
M. D. Anderson News Release 08/02/02

Fast becoming a Central Texas community tradition, the fourth annual Cattlemen for Cancer Research auction to benefit the Department of Veterinary Sciences at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is slated for October 12 at Hills Prairie Livestock Auction Company in Bastrop.

For the third consecutive year, M. D. Anderson supporter Dr. Charles W. Graham will host the day-long festivities, which will include a silent and live auction and entertainment by The Heartbeat, who pumped up last year's crowd of 350 supporters.

Organizers have selected barbecue to feed the masses, and the members of the Dripping Springs Lions Club will donate their time and culinary prowess to cook the sliced beef and sausage.

"Each year we have been blessed by the creativity and generosity of so many individuals who have made this event a continued success," says Dr. Michale E. Keeling, chairman of the Department of Veterinary Sciences at M. D. Anderson.  "We are proud that all of the funds generated from Cattlemen for Cancer Research support cancer research being conducted at the Bastrop campus and programs specifically benefiting patients and their families from
this immediate region.  This is important to the community."

Since 1999, Cattlemen for Cancer Research has raised more than $180,000 to support various research initiatives and patient programs.  Most of the donations from the 2001 event are funding ovariancancer research in the Department of Veterinary Sciences.  Collaborating scientists are developing an optical technology probe that will highlight areas on the surface of the ovary that are abnormal prior to the development of cancer.

Another portion of the 2001 monies are fulfilling a special fund at M. D. Anderson to aid 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 at the institution.

M. D. Anderson's Department of Veterinary Sciences is a 374-acre research complex in rural Bastrop County that houses 3,100 animals, representing 12 different species.  The facility, which provides specialized veterinary services, animal models and biologics for biomedical research, employs about 90 faculty and staff members from the Central Texas area.

For more information about supporting Cattlemen for Cancer Research, please call Laura Zapalac at (512) 321-3991.


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