Promise - Fall 2015
Rosemary Herron is a 14-year breast cancer survivor and longtime Pink Ribbon Volunteer at MD Anderson's Nellie B. Connally Breast Center. She also volunteers at MD Anderson in Sugar Land. In 2012, she received the Painter Award for outstanding contributions to the Anderson Network support group, now known as myCancerConnection. Though her breast cancer returned two months later, she continued volunteering throughout treatment. Rosemary and her husband, Don, recently contributed $25,000 to support a HER2 vaccine research program, Injecting Hope.
Former President Bill Clinton and General Colin Powell were honored at A Conversation With a Living Legend in Washington, D.C., April 21 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The bipartisan event raised $5.2 million for MD Anderson.
As the Official Cancer Center of the PGA Tour, MD Anderson is working to reduce cancer risk among golfers and fans. To celebrate, the PGA TOUR Wives Association helped MD Anderson host a "Fun in the Sun" event for pediatric cancer patients and their families.
Stripes® Convenience Stores celebrated Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month through the “Stripes Celebrates Tomorrows” campaign. One dollar at a time, customers and employees at more than 645 locations across Texas, New Mexico and Oklahoma raised more than $2.8 million for MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital.
As the United States recognized the 50th anniversary of the Surgeon General's initial Report on Smoking and Health in early 2014, 43 million people around the world still smoke. The need for change is great, and MD Anderson is sharing in this responsibility with new community based tobacco control initiatives.
What’s the power of a single gift? Just one thoughtful donation can propel innovation, speed discovery or provide kindling for a new idea. Read about donors who, through their generosity to MD Anderson, are examples of many who truly make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families everywhere.
MD Anderson’s Annual Fund is proof positive of the power of giving. Gifts of all sizes and from around the world deliver collective clout, combining as unrestricted funds the institution can use in areas of greatest need. Together, donors to the Annual Fund have a huge impact, often sustaining initiatives that might otherwise go unfunded.
With an esprit de corps spanning the political aisle, MD Anderson supporters paid tribute to former Secretary of State James A. Baker, III at a Conversation With a Living Legend® Nov. 12 at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. The gala evening raised $4.5 million for MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program.
As the costs and devastating effects of the cancer burden increase, so does the role of prevention and control in creating hope for a cancer-free future for all. Building on the institution’s mission to eradicate cancer and accelerated efforts to increase momentum, MD Anderson is responding to these challenges with a renewed, expanded and more sharply focused commitment to cancer control.
Dallas-based businesswoman, philanthropist, volunteer and environmentalist Lyda Hill has pledged $50 million to MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program. Her gift is the largest single private philanthropic contribution to date in support of this ambitious effort to dramatically reduce cancer deaths. Read more about this transformational gift and the program it supports.
As young donors practice the art of giving, they set an example for all generations to follow. Read how two girls share their resources to help fund cancer research at MD Anderson.
MD Anderson has launched an all-out assault on cancer: the Moon Shots Program. This comprehensive initiative will integrate efforts across the entire cancer continuum — from prevention and early detection to treatment and survivorship — in a pioneering plan to drastically reduce cancer mortality and improve quality of life after cancer.
A $1 million philanthropic contribution from AT&T seeds a new telesurgery program at MD Anderson. It will help close the distance between patients in rural, underserved areas and the institution's surgical oncology experts.
Barely able to walk and 700 miles from home, Sam Davenport was forced to accept defeat. But the severe pain from riding his bicycle thousands of miles and pushing his body beyond its physical limits didn’t end his personal quest to fight cancer.
Read about John Weinstein, M.D., Ph.D., who is using computer-generated tools such as clustered heat maps to create molecular portraits of cancer that can lead to personalized therapies.
Read about Crave Cupcakes partnership with MD Anderson's Childrens Cancer Hospital's Arts in Medicine program. The popular Houston-area bakery is partnering with Arts in Medicine, a program that offers patients at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital a creative outlet.
Read about John Mendelsohn, M.D., and his passion for Making Cancer History®. He will step down from his role as MD Anderson’s third president to resume personalized cancer therapy research. He and his wife, Anne, were honored at a recent celebration of the institution’s 70th anniversary.
Read how philanthropy is helping transform cancer care, research, prevention, detection and more at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. The current issue of Promise, brought to you by the Development Office, offers stories of generosity, courage and discovery.
The current issue of Promise, brought to you by the Development Office, offers stories of generosity, courage and discovery, plus the latest survey results from U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” survey ranking MD Anderson once again as No. 1 in cancer care.
For almost seven decades, philanthropy has fueled cutting-edge cancer research and nurtured innovative patient care programs at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Researchers and clinicians at MD Anderson continue to redefine the standard of cancer care across the globe. Today, the challenge is to seize opportunities and strive toward continued advances in diagnosing, treating and preventing cancer such as personalized therapies and gene-based strategies. Again, philanthropy plays a central role.
CABIR Center for Advanced Biomedical Imaging Research - Long before they are large enough to be detected by the most sensitive current imaging techniques, tiny tumors weave a web of new blood vessels to nourish their growth. Juri Gelovani, M.D., Ph.D., chair of MD Anderson’s Department of Experimental Diagnostic Imaging, believes researchers can turn this blood supply against tumors to betray their existence before they can be imaged directly.