The MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors (BOV) has extended Life Member status, its highest distinction, to Harry Longwell of Dallas.
Longwell joined the BOV in 1993 and served as chair from 2014 to 2016. His leadership has helped ensure MD Anderson's success across critical goals and strategic initiatives.
Longwell's giving to MD Anderson spans 35 years. In 2010, he spearheaded and chaired Making Cancer History®: The Campaign to Transform Cancer Care. The campaign exceeded its $1 billion goal a year early, raising $1.215 billion.
Longwell has been instrumental in securing significant funding from ExxonMobil Corporation, from which he retired in 2004. In addition, he has dedicated his time, counsel and support to numerous fundraising efforts including:
- the Fulfill The Promise campaign
- the Shooting Down Cancer Sporting Clays Tournament
- the South Campus Research Initiative
- the Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support
- A Conversation With a Living Legend®
- MD Anderson's 60th, 70th and 75th anniversary celebrations
Through The Longwell Family Foundation, he has generously supported research in experimental therapeutics, personalized cancer therapy, targeted therapy, leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma, glioblastoma, lung cancer and head and neck cancers. Longwell's generosity was integral to the foundation's 2012 induction into the Anderson Assembly, which recognizes MD Anderson donors of $1 million and more.