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Volunteer Voice - Winter 2011

DePinho to Share Plans at VEPS Luncheon

Ronald DePinho, M.D., has bold plans for 
MD Anderson and the fight against cancer. And supporters of the Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support (VEPS) will get to hear about them first-hand.

At the annual VEPS luncheon March 21, the new 
MD Anderson president will discuss
his goals for conquering cancer and give his impressions of the institution since taking office last September.

The luncheon is the primary fundraiser for the endowment, which supports programs and services that help meet the social, emotional, comfort, informational and recreational needs of MD Anderson patients.

The endowment stands at more than $2.6 million. Each quarter, interest generated from it is returned to fund patient-oriented programs and services.

In 2011, 33 programs, such as those listed below, received $287,229.

  • COLLAGE: The Art for Cancer Network Artist-in-Residence Program
  • Stem Cell Transplantation Caregiver Program
  • Regional care centers amenities
  • Nutrition videos on healthy eating
  • Together in Hope Conference for brain tumor patients
  • Childhood Cancer Survivor Celebration
  • Clinical Center for Targeted Therapy Patient Resource Guide
  • “Guide to Managing Your Chemotherapy Treatment” video

VEPS was established in 1991 from the idea of longtime volunteer George Vietor and remains under the stewardship of the Department of Volunteer Services.

Through the support of volunteers and community friends of VEPS, more than 
$1.8 million has been granted to fund meaningful programs and services.

To make your reservation for the March 21 luncheon, call Maggi Suttles in Volunteer Services at 713-745-0270.

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