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Marksmen Take Aim at Cancer

Marksmen Take Aim at Cancer
M. D. Anderson Cancer Center 05/06/03

Longtime supporters and newcomers alike gathered recently in Houston for the fourth annual Shooting Down Cancer Sporting Clays Tournament to raise funds for The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center in a drive to eliminate the deadly disease.

Co-chairs organizing the event were M. D. Anderson Board of Visitors members Bob Allison of Houston, Harry Longwell of Dallas and James F. Justiss Jr. of Jena, La., all working toward the goal of moving promising basic science findings into effective treatment therapies for cancer patients. Since its beginning in 2000, the annual clayshoot has raised more than $503,000 for translational research projects.

The Saturday morning clayshoot drew 48 shooters on 12 teams to the American Shooting Centers in Houston. Shooters were judged on their accuracy in hitting 100 clay targets, with awards given to top scoring teams and individuals, and the overall best score went to the Halliburton-Baroid team. Other participating corporations and underwriters included Ameron International, Anadarko Corporation, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil Corporation, Justiss Oil Company, Inc., Murphy Oil Corporation, Ocean Energy, Otto Candies, Inc., Parker Drilling Company, Pogo Producing Company, Rutherford Oil Corporation, and Schlumberger.

"It's an exciting time to be a researcher at M. D. Anderson because new discoveries into the causes and methods of treating various cancers are being made daily," says Taylor Wharton, M.D., M. D. Anderson's Special Assistant to the President for Patient Affairs. "But these findings cannot be translated to treatment therapies without funding, and we are extremely grateful for the ingenuity and enthusiasm that the chairs and competitors involved in Shooting Down Cancer exhibit. Truly, they are making a difference in helping us to fulfill our mission of eliminating cancer."

Wharton facilitates the peer-review group that awards funding to appropriate institutional projects.

05/06/03


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