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Book & Author Luncheon grosses nearly $300,000

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 · Volume: XLVI · Issue: 24

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Rose Marie Banack, a member of the CTRC Board of Governors, waits while former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison autographs her book, “Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas.”
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Rose Marie Banack, a member of the CTRC Board of Governors, waits while former U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison autographs her book, “Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas.”clear graphic

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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.
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“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.

Clinical trials
“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.

Francisco González-Scarano, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine, stands with “Wilson” author A. Scott Berg.
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Francisco González-Scarano, M.D., dean of the School of Medicine, stands with “Wilson” author A. Scott Berg.clear graphic

 

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:
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer A. Scott Berg, discussing his book, “Wilson,” a personal and penetrating book about 28th U.S. President Woodrow Wilson.
  • Former U.S. Senator and New York Times bestselling author Kay Bailey Hutchison speaking about her book, “Unflinching Courage: Pioneering Women Who Shaped Texas.”
  • Novelist, journalist and veteran war correspondent Scott Anderson, who has covered conflicts from Northern Ireland to Bosnia, discussing his book, “Lawrence In Arabia.” The book outlines the Arab Revolt and the secret game to control the Middle East.
  • Entrepreneur, businessman, author and Food Network host Jamie Deen, discussing “Jamie Deen’s Good Food.”
  • Children’s book artist Bob Staake spoke about his new book, “Toys Galore,” featuring playful verse by collaborating writer Peter Stein and uproarious illustrations by Staake.
  • Dallas novelist Kathleen Kent speaking about her third novel, “The Outcasts,” a rollicking tale set in 19th century Texas.
CTRC is one of only four National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in Texas.

 
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