At the Third International Conference on the Progress of Regenerative
Medicine and Its Cultural Impact in Rome this spring, Ronald DePinho,
M.D., president of MD Anderson, meets with Pope Francis and other
Vatican leaders on behalf of the HPV-related Cancers Moon Shot and
cancer prevention and control platform teams. Photo courtesy of Stem For Life.
The grand reopening of Saks Fifth Avenue in Houston's Galleria III,
featuring special guest Erdem Moralioglu, founder and creative director
of London-based brand ERDEM, drew some 900 guests and raised more than
$140,000 for MD Anderson's Moon Shots Program.
Certain forms of the human papillomavirus (HPV) cause common skin warts
(papillomas). Others can lead to cancer, including cervical (90%),
oropharyngeal (70%), vulvar (70%), vaginal (70%), penile (more than 60%)
and anal (90%).
Kara Million, of Houston, is a mother of two and a two-time cancer
survivor. A volunteer for myCancerConnection and an advocate for raising
awareness about the human papillomavirus (HPV), Kara says the Moon Shots
Program will be key to ending cancer for good.
Native Houstonian Kelli Kickerillo knows a thing or two about a
successful event. As chair of the 2015 Houston A Conversation With a
Living Legend®, Kelli and her husband, Todd Forester, raised more than
$1 million for MD Anderson's Moon Shots Program. Kelli serves as events
chair for MD Anderson's Advance Team, a volunteer board of "next
generation" community and business leaders. No matter what the
event, Kelli and her family remain focused on Making Cancer History® for
cancer patients and survivors around the world.
Lauren Erdmann, of Midland, is a three-time cancer survivor. She enjoys
spending time with her family, including the newest addition: a
sister-in-law. She also enjoys working at her parents' business, Advance
Kwik Lube. Erdmann has traveled to Cancun and Hawaii with her family,
and they plan a cruise to Alaska and Canada later this year.
Jan Bres' husband, Tom, died at 54 from glioblastoma. During his
15-month fight, Tom and Jan learned of The Broach Foundation for Brain
Cancer Research, founded in 2011 by James and Jamie Broach after James
was diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer. James, who died in 2013, and
Jamie made it their mission to promote funding and education so
effective treatments, and ultimately a cure, might be found. The
nonprofit has raised $4 million to support brain cancer research under
the leadership of Frederick Lang, M.D., director of Clinical Research, Neurosurgery.