The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Advance Team member Jenee Bobbora, along with co-chair Judy Jackson and honorary chair and Advance Team member Dorothy Paterson, raised more than $231,100 at the inaugural Impact Award Luncheon, hosted by the Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) Foundation and presenting sponsors Clarence P. Cazalot, MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors senior member, and his wife, Ann.
Tom Buchholz, M.D., executive vice president and physician-in-chief at MD Anderson, received the inaugural Impact Award. More than 330 attendees came to honor Buchholz and support the newly established Center for Radiation Oncology Research, one of eight components of the Red and Charline McCombs Institute for the Early Detection and Treatment of Cancer.
"I feel privileged to have a career devoted to caring for cancer patients and working in an institution focused on providing the best treatment outcomes," says Buchholz, who became Bobbora's radiation oncologist when she was diagnosed with IBC in 2003. "These funds will support our goal of making radiation safer and more effective."
Since her inflammatory breast cancer (IBC) diagnosis 12 years ago, Jenee Bobbora has been on a mission to give back, both to MD Anderson and other survivors.
"I consider myself MD Anderson's No. 1 fan," says Bobbora, president and co-founder of the IBC Foundation. "It's such a pleasure to raise money for the institution because you know it's going to be used by the best and brightest to end cancer. Dr. Buchholz is passionate about research and has a gift for explaining the complexities of that research in a way people can understand. He worked hard to help establish MD Anderson's IBC Clinic and on top of that, he's a wonderful person."