HOUSTON – (Sept. 26, 2012) – The Texas Children’s Cancer Center outpatient clinic has a new name. The Lester and Sue Smith Clinic at Texas Children’s Cancer Center is the largest pediatric cancer clinic in the nation and honors the local couple’s unparalleled dedication to the fight against childhood cancer.
“We are deeply appreciative of Lester’s and Sue’s remarkable efforts to help advance research and care for children with cancer,” said Dr. David Poplack, director of Texas Children’s Cancer Center. “Few have had a more transformational impact on research that seeks a cure for pediatric cancers, and with their help, Texas Children’s Cancer Center will continue to lead the way in research and care of childhood cancer.”
Lester Smith, a two-time cancer survivor and author of the book You Gotta Dance Like No One’s Watching, and his wife, Sue, are well-known Texas philanthropists and national ballroom dancing champions.
Most recently, over the course of two fundraising events, the Smiths helped generate more than $41 million in donations to Texas Children’s Cancer Center, with more than $21 million directly donated by The Lester and Sue Smith Foundation. The 2011 Evening with a Legend event honored actor Robert Duvall and showcased a live, on stage interview by CBS veteran news anchor Bob Schieffer.
In February 2012, the Evening with Disco Legends event featured performances by disco greats Gloria Gaynor, The Pointer Sisters and Nile Rodgers and drew over 1,100 supporters. This event was the largest single-evening fundraiser in Houston’s history. The Smiths underwrote all expenses for the evening and also matched each gift to the event through The Lester and Sue Smith Foundation, allowing every penny of the more than $30 million raised to support the Cancer Center.