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Cattlemen for Cancer Research Auction Stampedes into Sixth Year

Cattlemen for Cancer Research Auction Stampedes into Sixth Year
Volunteers dedicate efforts to founder’s memory
M. D. Anderson News Release 09/22/04

Plans are under way for one of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center’s most unique events — Cattlemen for Cancer Research cattle auction. Slated for Oct. 16, this fall fund-raiser attracts more than 450 supporters from all over the state who travel to Bastrop to buy and sell cattle and participate in a silent auction, raising money for cancer research at the institution’s Department of Veterinary Sciences in Bastrop.

Donation items and cattle are still needed for this year’s auction, which takes on a particularly poignant tone. The visionary whose hard work and drive pushed the event to raise more than $335,000 in only five years, Michale Keeling, D.V.M., former chair of the Department of Veterinary Sciences in Bastrop, died in a traffic accident in December 2003.Cattlemen Photo

“The idea of Cattleman for Cancer Research cattle auction was conceived by Dr. Keeling as a means for people in Central Texas to participate in the mission of a world-renowned cancer facility. Dr. Keeling visualized a partnership between the community and M. D. Anderson’s Department of Veterinary Sciences in which local volunteers could assist in advancing programs that deal with diagnosing and treating cancer, and that vision has resulted in state-wide support,” says William Satterfield, D.V.M., chair ad interim of the Department of Veterinary Sciences.

“M. D. Anderson is so proud of the tireless efforts of these energetic community leaders who organize this event year after year. Because so many of these volunteers have been touched by cancer, their planning efforts are personal, and this year that support is even more meaningful,” he continued.

Since 1999, area ranchers have donated 228 head of cattle for auction, and raised more than $335,000 to fund multiple research endeavors at the research facility.

Registration for the all-day event begins Oct. 16 at 10:30 a.m., followed by the silent auction, which kicks off the event at 11:00 am. The cattle auction begins at 2 p.m.

Last year’s funds were used to purchase innovative research equipment, renovate lab space and fund pilot projects for the department.

The Cattlemen for Cancer Research Advisory Board recently approved funding for a project guided by Gary Johanning. Ph.D., and Mark McArthur, D.V.M., both associate professors of veterinary sciences studying natural substances, for their ability to inhibit cancer formation.  The project is a one-year pilot project that could lead to further long-term funding from other national sources.

Cattlemen for Cancer Research also provided funds for a study led by Satterfield, focusing on the prevention of ovarian cancer.

In addition, the auction supports a fund to assist local residents with living expenses if they become patients and are treated at M. D. Anderson in Houston. So far, the fund has helped 30 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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