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HostGator Gives $100,000 to M. D. Anderson's Breast Center

M. D. Anderson News Release 02/14/08

HostGator has given $100,000 to the Nellie B. Connally Breast Center at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. The majority of the funds will support breast cancer research.

The contribution marks the first charitable contribution by the five-year-old Houston-based Web hosting provider, following an exceptional year of growth. Justifying the donation to M. D. Anderson was easy, said Lance Custen, HostGator's director of operations. His mother, Bonnie Custen of Florida, is a breast cancer survivor under the care of Ron Walters, M.D., associate vice president for medical operations and informatics at M. D. Anderson. A portion of the funds will go toward an examination room named in her honor.

"At the end of the year we wanted to do something to help others," said Custen, who personally presented the check to Walters. "We believe in M. D. Anderson, not only because of the excellent care my mother has received but also because of the positive experiences shared by many of our employees whose family members have been treated there. It really hits home."

Bonnie Custen, RN, CPHRM, is director of risk management for one of the largest health care staffing providers in the United States.

"I'm extremely impressed with M. D. Anderson," she said. "The ease of treatment, the compassion of every person throughout and the level of care are totally above the standard. Each and every person I've come in contact with at the institution goes the extra mile."

Custen thanked HostGator CEO Brent Oxley for approving the decision to support M. D. Anderson.

"It's pretty hard to find anybody whose life hasn't been touched in some way by cancer," said Oxley. "One of the reasons we gave to M. D. Anderson is the institution's international reputation for outstanding patient care and cutting-edge research." 02/14/08

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