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Volunteer Voice - Fall 2012


VEPS luncheon co-chairs Jim and Muffin Clark
with Cinda and Bill Matthews

The annual Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support (VEPS) luncheon was held on March 21 at River Oaks 
Country club and introduced 
MD Anderson’s new president, Ronald DePinho, M.D., to many in the Houston community. He shared his vision for the institution and the role that 
MD Anderson will play in Making Cancer History.®

This year’s event was chaired by Cinda and Bill Matthews along with Muffin and Jim Clark. The event netted $100,000, increasing the endowment to $2.7 million. 

Ronald DePinho, M.D., MD Anderson president
and keynote speaker at the VEPS luncheon

The audience was also inspired and touched by Cinda and Muffin’s remarks about their cancer journey together as patient and caregiver.

Founded in 1991, VEPS grew from a volunteer’s vision to raise funds to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. The VEPS Disbursement Committee distributes funds originating from the accrued interest of the Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support to meet the social, emotional, comfort, informational and recreational needs of patients at MD Anderson.

Pam Reitz, patient advocate volunteer, and Rick
Reitz, VEPS chair and evening floor volunteer

The following are just a few of the patient programs that have been funded:

  • Patient education materials
  • Stem Cell Transplant Caregiver Program
  • Social Work support groups
  • Holiday luncheon for patients and caregivers
  • Blanket warmers
  • ICU Early Mobilization Program
  • COLLAGE/Palliative Care Artist-in-Residence Program
  • Rotary House bingo

Support of the VEPS event helps Volunteer Services continue to fund and provide these important programs to benefit our patients and their caregivers throughout the cancer center. Donations to VEPS make a vital, positive difference in countless lives.


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