Book & Author Luncheon grosses nearly $300,000
By Rosanne Fohn
Nearly 1,100 people — the largest group ever — attended the San Antonio Express News Book & Author Luncheon benefiting the Institute for Drug Development (IDD). IDD is the Phase I Clinical Research program of the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC), part of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.
Preliminary figures show that the gross amount raised at this year’s luncheon was $298,884, which includes $40,075 from the sale of books — $6,400 more than the book sale at last year’s event.
Working to prevent and cure cancer
Proceeds from the luncheon help the IDD develop new ways to prevent cancer and novel cancer treatments, including targeted, viral-based and immune therapies, as well as combinations of agents with diverse ways of attacking cancer cells.
“We want to share our collective gratitude to the San Antonio Express-News, the many volunteers who work on this event and particularly this year’s co-chairs, Anne Ownby, BJ Mamuzic and Donna Thompson, for their help in putting on our 22nd Book & Author Luncheon. We also want to thank you for your participation in coming to this event where you can learn about some great new books right before the holidays, while helping to make lives better by supporting our Phase 1 research program. During the past 21 years, this event has raised more than $2.9 million for IDD Phase I clinical trials.” said President William L. Henrich, M.D., MACP.
“You might ask, what is the IDD? It is the venue which provides cancer therapy to persons with difficult-to-treat and rare cancers, and provides care when conventional therapy has failed. Each year, we have more than 375 patients from around the world come to the CTRC to participate in clinical trials, and at any given time, CTRC has as many 60 treatment trials underway. Your participation helps make this possible and we sincerely thank you,” President Henrich said.
Patients become part of the CTRC family
CTRC Director Ian M. Thompson Jr., M.D., added, “Ours is an especially important mission in light of our patients. We see the most courageous people in the world at CTRC every day and they inspire us. We employ the best technology and treatments to help them fight their tumors and regain their health so that they can look forward to a cancer-free future. In that process, they become a part of our CTRC family.”
Football legends share their story
Among those attending the luncheon were legendary University of Texas football coach Fred Akers and his son, Dan Akers, who are both cancer survivors. The two men and their families were featured in an upbeat Health Science Center-produced video telling the stories of how Fred Akers overcame prostate cancer and his son beat renal cell carcinoma with the help of CTRC physicians and researchers.
Featured authors and their books
The luncheon also featured six authors of newly published books, including:
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