MD Anderson presents fourth annual Boot Walk to End Cancer®

Register now to give cancer the boot on Saturday, Nov. 9

On Saturday, Nov. 9, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will welcome thousands of cancer survivors and supporters to the Texas Medical Center for the fourth annual Boot Walk to End Cancer®.

The non-competitive 1.2-mile walk starts at 1 p.m., followed by a family-friendly finish line celebration. Free parking will be available at MD Anderson's Mid Campus Garage, 7007 Bertner Ave., with shuttles to the start line at Bertner Avenue and East Road.

“We want everyone to know there’s still time to register and bring the entire family out for the event,” said Ashley Petersen, the 2019 Boot Walk co-chair along with her husband, Chris. “We have lost family members to cancer, and we are seeing more loved ones being diagnosed. Part of what makes this event special is that everyone can participate and make a difference for cancer patients.”     

Anyone can register for free, and participants are encouraged to wear their favorite pair of boots to symbolize giving cancer “the boot.” Justin Stapleton, KPRC-TV meteorologist, will emcee the event, and Sarah Pepper of Mix 96.5 and George Lindsey of 100.3 The Bull will cheer participants across the finish line. The post-walk celebration will include live music, food trucks, photo ops and more. Individuals who fundraise $100 or more will earn a Boot Walk T-shirt.

“Funds raised through the Boot Walk have a direct impact on advancing our mission to end cancer,” said Peter WT Pisters, M.D., president of MD Anderson. “Thanks to the support of our Boot Walk participants and sponsors, and the resilience of our patients, we are one step closer to Making Cancer History.”

With generous support from individuals, teams and corporate sponsors, the event already has raised $750,000 and counting to support MD Anderson’s mission to end cancer. The 2019 presenting sponsor is LyondellBasell. See event day details, walking route and more sponsors on the Boot Walk website.

Since the inaugural Boot Walk in 2016, more than 18,000 participants and 1,498 teams have raised more than $4.1 million to fund critical cancer research and programs at MD Anderson.