Before we came to Houston in 1996, I’d never dreamt that one could love an institution. But when I walked into MD Anderson, it was love at first sight.
Someone was playing a lilting piano melody, and a volunteer I’d never seen before rushed up to welcome us with an infectious smile and big hugs. Hope, love and dedication to the mission of defeating cancer were palpable everywhere. Doctors, nurses, staff, patients, volunteers ― all dream the same dream and work relentlessly to make it come true.
A painting by an 11-year-old patient from Saudi Arabia captures my feelings perfectly. He painted a group of children, with a flag that reads, ‘We love life. We love the MD Anderson.’ We do! It’s been an enormous privilege to work with our superb team at the No. 1 cancer center in the nation on Making Cancer History®.
Do you promise? Tell us why you’re committed to Making Cancer History®, as Anne Mendelsohn did, by sending an e-mail to Promise@mdanderson.org.