Disco-Themed Benefit Raises $32.2 Million For Texas Children's Cancer Center

February 6, 2012

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Disco Legends Check PresentationI couldn’t be happier to share the great news that we raised $32.2 million dollars for Texas Children’s Cancer Center this past Saturday night at a disco-themed benefit.

This incredible sum will be truly transformational for our pediatric cancer research initiatives, many of which focus on genomic research. We will be able to dramatically accelerate ongoing research projects such as using highly sophisticated, genomic technologies to analyze tumor samples from pediatric cancer patients in order to identify the specific genetic mutations responsible for the development and growth of these tumors. Our goal is to study the biology of pediatric cancers, how they develop, progress and spread. We are also studying why some tumors may respond to treatment whereas others do not. I want to personally thank all of our donors and attendees who came out Saturday night to support our Cancer Center and enjoy to sights and sounds of Gloria Gaynor, The Pointer Sisters and Nile Rodgers. Special thanks to well known Texas philanthropists and international ballroom dancing champions Lester and Sue Smith, who matched every donation through The Lester and Sue Smith Foundation, making a total contribution of $32.2 million. In honor of their tremendous support, we will be naming our out-patient clinic The Lester and Sue Smith Clinic at Texas Children’s Cancer Center. We are extremely grateful to the many donors and organizations who supported this event and, particularly to Lester and Sue Smith. They have built a legacy of philanthropy that is unprecedented. The funds that this event raised will create research breakthroughs that will move us more rapidly to the day when cure will become a reality for 100% of children with cancer!

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