Marion D. Edwards Fellowship Targets Liver Cancer Research at M. D. Anderson
Contributions honor Louisiana businessman and double cancer survivor
M. D. Anderson Cancer Center 02/13/08
The Marion D. Edwards Fellowship in Hepatic Oncology at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is near its initial goal of $100,000, thanks to a recent $25,000 gift from the Florence Mauboules Charitable Trust.
Funded by friends and supporters of the longtime business leader and former M. D. Anderson patient, the fellowship celebrates Edwards' personal determination to survive both colon cancer and liver cancer and his compassion for helping others.
Edwards has made a positive impact on the lives of many cancer patients in his home state of Louisiana.
"I've sent probably 200 people to M. D. Anderson," said Edwards, of Broussard, La. "I've taken them in my car, chartered airplanes, all at my expense. I consider it my contribution to the good Lord and to M. D. Anderson."
"I've known the Edwards family for many years, particularly Marion. He's very dedicated and always steps up to the plate when people need anything at all," said Kenneth Privat, an attorney in Crowley, La., and trustee of the Florence Mauboules Charitable Trust. "What 'Miss Flo' enjoyed most about the trust before she died last year was reading the thank-you notes from those who benefited from her generosity. I was happy to make this contribution - she would be proud."
After being diagnosed with colon cancer in 1977, Edwards came to M. D. Anderson under the care of Giora M. Mavligit, M.D., now professor emeritus in the Department of Experimental Therapeutics. Five years later, "seemingly doing well," Edwards returned to M. D. Anderson for a routine follow-up exam and learned he had liver cancer. Surgery was scheduled for July 1982; three months later Edwards was back at work in his Crowley office.
"I just kept going on," said Edwards. "I knew that with courage and hope and the good doctors at M. D. Anderson, I could make it."
Indeed, Edwards continues to keep going - 30 years after being diagnosed with colon cancer, 25 years after liver cancer.
"I've been around the world 14 times since that horrible day in 1977," said Edwards. "I don't let cancer bother me. Misfortune is as much a part of life as fortune."
Edwards is honored that, through the fellowship in his name, physicians and scientists at M. D. Anderson are working to develop new ideas and approaches to eventually eliminate liver cancer as a major health threat.
"Giving to M. D. Anderson is part of my life," he said. 02/13/08