More than 5,000 cancer patients and their family members, volunteers, friends, faculty and staff gathered Nov. 11 for MD Anderson's second annual Boot Walk to End Cancer®.
Following the 1.2-mile walk at the Texas Medical Center, participants enjoyed a party with music, food and entertainment. The result of their fundraising efforts: more than $1 million for cancer research and patient care programs to advance MD Anderson's mission to end cancer.
Chairs Dorothy and Malcolm Paterson led the day's festivities, along with Marshall Hicks, M.D., president ad interim of MD Anderson.
"It's been such a joy for Malcolm and me to serve as chairs of this year's Boot Walk," says Dorothy Paterson. "With our family having faced three significant cancers between us, it's especially meaningful. We are determined to do whatever we can to end cancer so others don't have to go through what we did."
Co-chairs were Ashley and Lance Loeffler, with Ann and Clarence Cazalot serving as honorary chairs.
"Lance and I are honored to chair the 2018 Boot Walk to End Cancer, as MD Anderson holds a special place in our hearts," says Ashley Loeffler. "We have many friends and family members who have had cancer or currently are in treatment, and we are grateful to give back to a place that has given so much to so many."
Justin Stapleton, KPRC-TV meteorologist, emceed the event. LyondellBasell was Presenting Sponsor, with Bob Patel, chief executive officer, and more than 100 employees taking part. Other sponsors were Boot Barn (Diamond), Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (Platinum), Mustang Cat (Gold), Marjac Creations (Silver), York Construction (Silver), Regina Rogers (Bronze), Constellation/StarTex Power (Bronze), IBC Bank (Bronze), Richmond Equipment (Bronze) and Theatre Under the Stars (Bronze). In-kind donors included Walmart, Houston Community ToolBank, Peli Peli and Watermill Express.
2017 Boot Walk to End Cancer®. Photos by Nick de la Torre.
Individual walkers and 485 teams raised more than $1 million toward MD Anderson's mission to end cancer.
Yelba Heaton and her Variety Band entertain the crowd.
Employees of presenting sponsor LyondellBasell make it a fun family affair.
Boot Walk volunteer Lourdes Hernandez and co-chair Dorothy Paterson celebrate at the post-walk Party on the Prairie.