IBC Bank's Campaign to End Cancer Tops $2.2 Million
HOUSTON– IBC Bank and communities across Texas have raised more than $2.2 million through this year’s “Give Cancer the Boot” campaign benefitting The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Customers, friends and neighbors rallied to raise more than $1 million from April 15 through September 15, 2022. Every dollar raised was matched by IBC Bank in order to reach a total of more than $2.2 million.
“It is phenomenal to see the continued support of our communities and customers in our shared mission to end cancer,” said Dennis E. Nixon, IBC Bank Chairman of the Board and a senior member of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors. “IBC Bank has been a proud supporter of MD Anderson for many years. Together, we can make a significant impact in the lives of those affected by cancer.”
Funds raised this year will support the James P. Allison Institute at MD Anderson. The visionary research and innovation hub was created to conduct groundbreaking science that will integrate immunobiology across disciplines and unlock the full potential of science and medicine for human health. The Allison Institute builds upon the legacy of its namesake, James P. Allison, Ph.D., regental chair of Immunology at MD Anderson, who was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for fundamental discoveries that launched the field of cancer immunotherapy.
Nixon and other IBC Bank representatives joined Allison for a check presentation on Oct. 24 at IBC Bank’s Kirby Drive location in Houston, Texas.
“Thanks to the generosity of so many Texans, we are one step closer to Making Cancer History®,” said Allison. “The immune system has endless possibilities and, through the support of our communities and the incredible work of our colleagues, exceptional science will continue to drive our ambitious goals to bring cures to more patients.”
Ranked No. 1 in cancer care by U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Hospitals” annual survey, MD Anderson continues its mission to end cancer, one patient at a time. Cancer survivor, Jackie Rodriguez, served as IBC Bank’s campaign ambassador. Now 27, Jackie was diagnosed with osteochondroma, a type of bone cancer, at the age of 23. A recent graduate from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, Rodriguez graced the 2022 campaign collateral as a cancer survivor and a testament to the research and treatment at MD Anderson.
MD Anderson has been committed to Making Cancer History® for more than 80 years. The institution is one of the world’s most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. The institution oversees the largest clinical trials program in the nation, with more than 9,600 patients enrolled. Since 1944, more than 1.8 million patients have turned to MD Anderson for cancer care.
On Oct. 24, Dennis E. Nixon, chairman of the board, IBC Bank and a member of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors, presented a $2 million check to the James P. Allison Institute. On hand to receive the check were James Allison, Ph.D., director, Allison Institute, and Padmanee Sharma, M.D., Ph.D., director of scientific programs, Allison Institute.
Thanks to the generosity of so many Texans, we are one step closer to Making Cancer History®.