Cattlemen for Cancer Research slates annual auction benefiting Keeling Center in Bastrop

Oct. 20 fundraiser to honor local lymphoma survivor, MD Anderson oncologist     

Cattlemen for Cancer Research (CCR) will hold its 20th annual auction in Bastrop, Texas, Saturday, Oct. 20, at the Hills Prairie Livestock Auction Company, 1177 Hwy. 304. Proceeds benefit the Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Guests can enjoy a complimentary lunch as well as a silent auction, a children's arts and crafts tent, a washer pitching tournament ($40/team) and a live cattle auction. Registration and the washer tournament begin at 10 a.m., with the cattle auction at 2 p.m.

CCR will honor Hun Ju Lee, M.D., assistant professor, Lymphoma/Myeloma, with the CCR Hero Award, which recognizes outstanding MD Anderson clinicians and researchers for their contributions in patient care, particularly for patients who live in Central Texas. Lee specializes in lymphoma, with a special interest in mantle cell lymphoma and Hodgkin lymphoma. His collaborative efforts to provide innovative treatments and his compassionate commitment to MD Anderson's mission to end cancer continually make a difference in the lives of his patients.

CCR also will honor William Satterfield, D.V.M., a cancer survivor and longtime Bastrop County resident. Satterfield worked as a cancer researcher at the Keeling Center for 30 years before he was diagnosed with stage V B-cell lymphoma in May 2017. A patient of Dr. Lee's, Satterfield maintained a positive attitude throughout his course of treatment at MD Anderson, which involved a multiple drug chemotherapy treatment 24 hours a day for five days every three weeks. He completed six cycles of this therapy before he was declared in clinical remission.

Cattlemen for Cancer Research
In 1999, a group of caring and committed Central Texans combined their love of ranching with their desire to help neighbors affected by cancer and established Cattlemen for Cancer Research. Its annual cattle auction has raised more than $2 million to advance research initiatives and programs at the Keeling Center, which provides comparative research in animal models to aid in understanding and preventing cancer.

"Cattlemen for Cancer Research has contributed significantly to the fight to end cancer for two decades," said Christian Abee, D.VM., director of the Keeling Center. "Thanks to their continued support and dedication, we can provide the very best care and treatment to cancer patients across Central Texas."

CCR maintains a separate fund totaling more than $360,000 for financial assistance for cancer patients from Bastrop, Hays, Lee, Travis and Williamson counties. Patients receive support for lodging, meals and transportation expenses incurred during treatment at MD Anderson's Texas Medical Center campus in Houston.

For more information on this year's auction, call 512-321-3991.