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Feb. 2005 – Baylor College of Medicine From the Laboratories
A generous grant from The Meadows Foundation will significantly boost the efforts of the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic to provide state-of-the-art care to children battling cancer in the Rio Grande Valley.
With the three-year $275,000 grant, the clinic will be able to add three members to the medical staff.
“Since the opening of the clinic in June 2001, we have treated many more children than we ever anticipated,” said Juan Carlos Bernini, M.D., clinic medical director. “It has been clear for some time that expanding our clinic staff is the only way we can meet the needs of all the children who come to us for treatment of cancer and blood disorders. This very generous grant allows us to do that.”
The Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation joined Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital to establish the first state-of-the-art clinic dedicated to providing comprehensive care to Rio Grande Valley children. Prior to the opening of the clinic three and a half years ago, children with cancer and serious blood disorders had to travel hundreds of miles from home in order to receive state-of-the-art cancer treatment.
The Meadows Foundation, established in 1948 by Algur H. and Virginia Meadows, is a private philanthropic institution that assists the people and institutions of Texas in order to improve the quality and circumstances of life for themselves and future generations.