Home » Lt. Gov. Dewhurst shares portion of award with Vannie Cook
Lt. Governor David Dewhurst showed his continued commitment to the Texas-Mexico border region by donating a portion of his proceeds from his Border Texan of the Year award to the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation.
March 1, 2012 – Baylor College of Medicine
The Foundation, along with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital, has operated the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center in McAllen, Texas since 2001. Its goal is to ensure that local children who suffer from cancer and blood diseases receive the most up-to-date care and treatment without the need to leave the region and regardless of ability to pay.
Dewhurst presented the check at the Jan. 30 Border Texan of the Year Award Ceremony in Hidalgo, where State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa was honored as the Border Texan of the Year for 2012.
The award pays tribute to someone who has contributed to making South Texas a better place. Dewhurst was selected for his record as a strong businessman and leader who has enhanced life in South Texas through employment initiatives. Hinojosa was honored for his effectiveness as a legislator and advocacy of the Rio Grande Valley.
Pictured: State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa; Dr. Kenneth Landrum, chairman of the Vannie Cook Cancer Foundation Board and a BCM alumnus; Laura Martinez Ilgun, executive director of the Foundation; Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; John David Franz, mayor of the city of HidalgoLt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the 2011 Border Texan of the Year, showed his continued commitment to the region by donating a portion of his proceeds from the award to the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation.
The Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic, a joint effort of the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation, Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Cancer Center is the region’s first state-of-the-art pediatric hematology/oncology clinic. In addition to offering diagnostic and treatment services, the clinic provides cancer genetic counseling to individuals and families concerned about their risk of cancer, offers the services of a long term survivor program which follows childhood cancer survivors through adulthood, and conducts childhood cancer epidemiology research through a joint program with M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Learn More about the Vannie Cook Children’s Clinic