A supplement to the Mission magazine highlighting advancements at the The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and the heroes who help make them happen.
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Gregg B. Fields, Ph.D.
Pictured above: Dedicated CTRC volunteers celebrate the success of the 2009 Book & Author Luncheon. They are (left to right) Rose Marie Banack, 2009 Book & Author Luncheon co-chair and Cancer Center Council (CCC) past president; Helen West, member of the CTRC Board of Governors and CCC past president; Karen Norman, one of the founders of the Book & Author Luncheon, member of the CTRC Board of Governors and CCC past president; and Lois Yancy, member of the CTRC Board of Governors and CCC Board Honorary Trustee.

Community garners new support for cancer research and care
  • The 18th annual San Antonio Express-News Book & Author Luncheon held Oct. 21 in San Antonio raised more than $265,000. Proceeds from the event support the Phase I Clinical Research Program of the UT Health Science Center’s Cancer Therapy & Research Center. Over its history, since 1991, the event has contributed more than $2.2 million for this important leading-edge research.

  • The Saks Fifth Avenue Key to the Cure charity shopping weekend held Oct. 15-18 raised $30,000 during the four-day shopping period and from the sales of the Key to the Cure T-shirts. Proceeds benefit the CTRC’s Gynecological Oncology Program dedicated to treating women with malignancies of the reproductive system.

  • The 16th annual Vulcan Materials Funshoot held Sept. 12 raised $147,000 for research and clinical programs of the CTRC at the UT Health Science Center. Total gifts from the event since 1993 are $1.5 million for the CTRC.

    Charles Keller, M.D.
    Charles Keller, M.D.
  • Charles Keller, M.D., assistant professor of cellular and structural biology, and faculty investigator at the Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute, received funding from the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research and the National Brain Tumor Society to support his research. The Rally Foundation made a generous grant to Dr. Keller in honor of Matthew Butterfield and in memory of Coleman Larson and all children who are fighting cancer. The National Brain Tumor Society provided a $173,000 grant to support Dr. Keller’s work in exploring the role of abnormal genes in tumor development. Dr. Keller’s research is focused on developing new therapies to treat childhood muscle cancers and brain tumors.

  • Gifts from charitable trusts through Bank of America will fund the research of faculty members in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. A $20,000 grant from the Shelby Rae Tengg Foundation will fund Rong Li, Ph.D., for his work in assessing and reducing the risk associated with dense breast tissue. A $10,000 grant from the Helen Freeborn Kerr Charitable Foundation will fund the work of Z. David Sharp, Ph.D., who is testing the efficacy of the drug rapamycin in suppressing cancer.

  • A planned gift of $375,000 from the Elizabeth I. Adamson Trust will support cancer research at the Health Science Center.

  • A one-year $100,000 grant to the CTRC has been awarded by The V Foundation and the Kay Yow/WBCA (Women’s Basketball Coaches Association) Cancer Fund to support breast cancer research by Rajeshwar Rao Tekmal, Ph.D., professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director of reproductive research. Dr. Tekmal’s research will study the causal effect of local estrogen levels on breast cancer.

    Ian M. Thompson Jr., M.D.
    Ian M. Thompson Jr., M.D.
  • A $75,000 gift from the Canary Foundation is supporting the work of Ian M. Thompson Jr., M.D., interim executive director of the CTRC. Through the Canary Foundation Prostate Active Surveillance Study, Dr. Thompson is developing a test that will determine whether or not a prostate tumor poses a risk to a patient. This test would allow physicians to more precisely target cancer-causing tumors, and allow patients with tumors that pose no risk for cancer to forgo radiation treatment.

  • The Robert A. & Kathey K. Anderson Foundation has provided a $20,000 gift to the Health Science Center. The gift will advance the missions of the CTRC, the only NCI-designated cancer center in South Texas, and the President’s Council to support the university’s top priorities.

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