Fundraising at MD Anderson is a large part of our mission because it creates hope for a world without cancer. Bake sales, golf tournaments, motorcycle rides, art shows and run/walk events are an important part of the institution’s philanthropy. On average, around $1.5 million is raised annually from these types of events.
Hosting a fundraiser is a great way to become an active participant in the fight against cancer with MD Anderson.
There are two ways to help us raise money:
- You can lead a campaign by creating a fundraising account, choosing your cause. This cause could be an event you choose such as a birthday party, school book drive, run/walk event, or any other idea you may have. Decide on the amount to raise and what cause you want to support at MD Anderson. Your goal could be $10 or $1,000 or more. There is no limit.
- Make a financial contribution to support an existing fundraising event.
To learn more, visit our Host a Fundraiser web page or call the Development Office at 1-800-525-5841.
BY Sarah Kettles
Sarah Kettles, originally from Mansfield, Texas, lives in the San Francisco Bay area. She's a 2013 alumna of Texas 4000, a program that cultivates University of Texas student leaders in the fight against cancer through a 4,000-mile bike ride from Austin to Anchorage, Alaska.
Camping on the John Muir Trail in a secluded meadow overlooking the Sierra Nevada Mountains, I was joined by a woman who also had decided to call the meadow home for the night.
We shared dinner and hot chocolate, watched the alpine glow dance across the mountains and talked about our lives. I asked why she was spending a month to hike along for 211 miles. Her answer. "To take advantage of the time I have left."
She'd recently learned that her breast cancer treatments weren't working. She was choosing to take advantage of the one year of good health in front of her.
I didn't know it then, but her story was the driving force in my commitment to a 2017 Ironman® Triathlon, for her and for all the people in my life who've been affected by cancer.
I began my fight against cancer in 2013 when I rode with Texas 4000 and raised $330,000 with my teammates for cancer and support programs.
I've since been a member of Texas 4000's Grants Committee. During my second year, we decided to fund a seed grant for a promising research project at MD Anderson that lacked data to back it up. Texas 4000 was willing to take a chance, and two years later we received an astounding report. This research was on track to become a game-changer in targeted cancer treatments.
I'm registered for the Nov. 19 Ironman in Tempe, Arizona. I will swim 2.4 miles, ride 112 miles and run 26.2 miles to fight cancer. I'm raising $10,000 for MD Anderson's Moon Shots Program™ because I believe in research that pushes the envelope. The future of a world without cancer rests with researchers who are willing to take risks and try new things.
What's your Moon Shot™? Contact us at email@example.com and tell us why MD Anderson's Moon Shots Program™ is important to you.
BY Leslie Friedman
From brownies to cookies, cakes to breads, pies to tarts, Emily Caplan of Dallas has always loved to bake. So it was no surprise when, at age 13, she dedicated her bat mitzvah project to creating a desserts cookbook and donating the proceeds to MD Anderson.
Drawing from relatives, friends and Emily's own collection, "Baked by Emily" contains 53 recipes of delectable goodies, along with color photos of each. She chose MD Anderson as the beneficiary in honor of her late grandmother, Genie Weitzman, who was a sarcoma patient at MD Anderson for nine years before succumbing to the disease in 2009. Emily's grandfather, Herb Weitzman, also of Dallas, has been a member of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors since 2007.
"This book is in my grandmother's honor," says Emily. "MD Anderson was so good to her that I wanted to give back through the sale of my cookbooks."
Emily and her mom, Michelle, first ordered 100 books, unsure of what to expect. Through word of mouth and Facebook, sales jumped to more than 350 books, surpassing Emily's original goal of $1,500, or 50 books.
Michelle says the family is grateful to MD Anderson.
"Through new trials, new research and new drugs, we think MD Anderson elongated my mother's life," she says.
Emily says the best feeling was adding all of the checks for her $30 cookbook, and making a $10,000 donation to MD Anderson toward cancer research.