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Network - Fall 2009

Survivors Celebrate Resilience at Network's Patient, Caregiver Conference


In a keynote speech touching on her early career, her reactions to covering the chaos and devastation of Hurricane Katrina, and the ups and downs of her treatment for breast cancer in 2007, “NBC Today” co-anchor Hoda Kotb remarked, “Sometimes tragedy and humor are so close.”

Hoda Kotb

Of her cancer experience, she told participants at Anderson Network’s 21st annual patient and caregiver conference, “Surviving cancer gave me four magical, life-changing words: You can’t scare me.”

Her speech capped off three days of presentations, workshops and discussions for cancer survivors, those in active treatment, and caregivers and family members. With subjects ranging from health policy to proton therapy to a Spanish-language session on how diabetes affects cancer, the conference was an opportunity for networking, learning and laughter.

Conference donors

The following generous donors made the event possible:

$100,000 and above

  • Roche

$10,000 and above

  • Children’s Art Project at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • The Hamill Foundation

$5,000 and above

  • Genentech BioOncology
  • Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
  • Sanofi-Aventis

$3,000 and above

  • Ms. Regina Rogers (in loving memory of her parents, Julie and Ben Rogers)

$1,000 and above

  • Bad to the Bone Marrow Ride
  • Lung Cancer Run for Hope (in memory of Vince Lombardo)
  • Ride for Life sponsored by Riders for the Cure


Save the date for next year’s conference: Living With, Through and Beyond Cancer — Sept. 9-11, 2010.


© 2014 The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center