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Cattlemen for Cancer Research Passes $1 Million Mark

Conquest - Fall 2008

By Scott Merville

Cattlemen for Cancer Research broke the $1 million mark in total funds raised at its 10th annual cattle auction in October benefiting M. D. Anderson’s Department of Veterinary Sciences.

Three generations of Keelings take in the 2007 Cattlemen for Cancer Research auction near Bastrop, Texas: Clyde Keeling (left), his grandson Doug Keeling and great-grandson Garrett. Clyde is the father of the late Michale Keeling, M.D., founding director of the Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research in Bastrop; Doug is Michale Keeling’s son and Garrett is his grandson. The 2008 auction brought the total raised in the auction’s 10-year history to more than $1 million.

This year, the Bastrop, Texas, based grassroots organization raised $140,000 for a total of $1.01 million for cancer research at the institution’s Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research in Bastrop.

The organization contributes a portion of auction proceeds to a patient assistance fund that helps local residents with transportation and living expenses. For the past six years the event has honored a cancer survivor who has benefited from that fund. This year all past and present honorees shared the spotlight.

The event includes a silent auction, a luncheon and then the auction of more than 40 cattle. This traditionally includes the repeated sale of several head of cattle as buyers donate them back for resale.

“I’m proud of the way the agriculture community has come together to support M. D. Anderson and the work that they do,” says Brenda Cardwell, who’s worked on the Cattlemen for Cancer Research committee for nine years, serving as president for three years.

“The organization has grown each year through the hard work of people who really care about making a difference for those who suffer from cancer now and those who will suffer from this disease in the future,” says Christian Abee, D.V.M., director of the Keeling Center and chair of the Department of Veterinary Sciences.

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