Two exhibits debuted in late 2017 honoring decades-long dedication of cancer fighters who have supported MD Anderson's mission to end cancer.
A special Bush Library exhibit opened in October at the George H.W. Bush Presidential Center in College Station, Texas, during its 20th anniversary celebrations. The exhibit features photographs, text, and video highlighting the Bush family's longstanding relationship with MD Anderson.
After George H.W. and Barbara Bush lost their 3-year-old daughter, Robin, to leukemia in 1953, they set out to inspire others to share in their quest for more effective cancer therapies. Lending their names, influence and philanthropic support over the years, the Bushes helped raise nearly $90 million to support cutting-edge oncology research at MD Anderson. Former president Bush served as chair of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors (BOV) from 2001 to 2003. Both he and Mrs. Bush are Life Members of the BOV.
MD Anderson's Faces of Philanthropy exhibit was the setting for a Nov. 7 reception preceding the board's annual business meeting. The exhibit celebrates the countless individuals - employees, volunteers, survivors and community members - who give of their time, talent and financial resources to support MD Anderson.
Faces of Philanthropy boasts nearly 200 images across more than 2,100 square feet on Floor 2 of MD Anderson's Main Building, in the Pavilion. Open to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week, the exhibit exemplifies the generosity and diversity of donors throughout MD Anderson's more than 76 years of Making Cancer History®.
"I'm hopeful that the exhibit encourages and inspires our patients and their families, helping them understand there are many people at MD Anderson who share in their journey," says Fernando Yarrito, former executive director of Development, who led efforts for the Faces of Philanthropy exhibit and collaborated with Mary Kathryn Cooper, associate vice president for Special Programs, on the MD Anderson installment at the Bush Library. "I'm hopeful that the displays lay a foundation for understanding that without our donors, we could not have accomplished the many milestones already reached in the mission to end cancer."