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Cal Ripken Jr. to be M. D. Anderson Living Legend

Cal Ripken Jr. to be M. D. Anderson Living Legend
Oriole Great Recently Inducted to Team Hall of Fame

M. D. Anderson News Release, 09/17/03

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center has scored baseball great Cal Ripken Jr. as the guest of honor for A Conversation with a Living Legend, the annual fund-raising luncheon scheduled for December 2 in Dallas.

Ripken, who retired from the Baltimore Orioles in 2001, holds Major League Baseball’s record of consecutive games played, a coveted title held by Lou Gehrig for 56 years.

The news of Ripken’s participation as M. D. Anderson’s legend follows his Sept. 6 induction into the Baltimore Orioles Hall of Fame. That date was also the eighth anniversary of Ripken’s record-consecutive 2,131st game.

CNN anchor Paula Zahn will interview Ripken at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel. Zahn, a 23-year news veteran, began her career at WFAA-TV in Dallas.

In its 14th year, the fund-raiser has historically filled the Anatole’s ballroom, attracting a crowd of approximately 1,500 each year.

Living Legend Chairperson Stacie McDavid and committee members work year round on the event, which has raised $4.3 million for M. D. Anderson research initiatives and patient programs since it began.

“We are all touched by cancer in some shape or form,” says McDavid. “I lost my mother to leukemia, and that drives my passion for raising money for research and patient care at M. D. Anderson. The more money we can raise to fight this disease, the quicker it will be eliminated.”

Previous sports legends have included Lance Armstrong (2002), Arnold Palmer (1993), Tom Landry (1991) and Nolan Ryan (1990).

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