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Community Volunteers Gear Up for Fifth Annual Cattlemen for Cancer Research Event

Community Volunteers Gear Up for Fifth Annual Cattlemen for Cancer Research Event
Auction has Raised More Than $250,000 for Cancer Research

M. D. Anderson News Release, 09/23/03

Auctioneers, volunteers and event planners are gearing up for one of Bastrop’s favorite events slated for Oct. 18 at Hills Prairie Livestock Auction Company in Bastrop.

The Cattlemen for Cancer Research auction raises money for research at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Department of Veterinary Sciences in Bastrop and provides a fund to assist local residents with living expenses if they become patients and are treated at M. D. Anderson in Houston.

Volunteers are accepting donation items for the silent auction, as well as cattle for the livestock auction. Registration for the event begins at 11:00 a.m., followed by the kickoff of the silent auction at noon. The cattle auction begins at 2:00 p.m.

Brisket with all the trimmings will be cooked and served throughout the day, courtesy of State Bank and cooked by Dripping Springs Lions Club.

“We are thrilled to live in a community where the support for cancer research and patient care is so dynamic. This community has seen the effects of cancer firsthand and their heartfelt desire to eliminate this disease is very personal. The dedication and generosity of so many push us one step closer to fulfilling that mission,” says Michale Keeling, D.V.M., chair of the Department of Veterinary Sciences. “With sincerest gratitude, I thank the volunteers who donate their time, the area families who donate their cattle and auction items and the staff responsible for organizing this successful event year after year.”

Area ranchers have donated 187 head of cattle for auction since 1999, and raised more than $250,000 to fund multiple research endeavors at the research facility. More than 350 people attended last year’s event, which funded two pilot research projects as well as the renovation of laboratory space for a new investigator. Feng Wang-Johanning, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of veterinary sciences will use her new space working on identifying novel tumor markers for early detection of breast, prostate, cervical and ovarian cancers.

Led by Pramod Nehete, Ph.D., assistant professor of veterinary sciences, one pilot project funded from last year’s fund-raiser focuses on the effect of tobacco carcinogens on the immune system. The other pilot project, led by William Satterfield, D.V.M., associate professor of veterinary sciences, evaluates ovarian cancer risk and methods of early detection.

The patient assistance fund has helped a total of 26 families in Williamson, Travis, Lee, Bastrop and Hays counties since it began in 2001.

For event information or to make a donation, please call (512) 321-3991.

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