Home » New York Mets hit homerun for Katrina Cancer Survivors
HOUSTON — (Oct. 7, 2005) — The New York Mets Foundation scored with Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Hematology Service by donating $250,000 to help the Center support young patients with cancer and their families who were affected by Hurricane Katrina.
“The Cancer Center is grateful for the support shown by the New York Mets, their staff and fans,” said Dr. David Poplack, director of Texas Children’s Cancer Center. “This generous gift will help children with cancer whose families were displaced by the hurricane. It will help meet basic needs such as food, transportation and clothing. Many of these families lost everything .The donation by The Mets will help them get settled and enable these young cancer patients to receive the therapy they need.”
Since Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf Coast in late August, more than 40 pediatric patients with cancer and blood diseases from Louisiana hospitals have come to Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Some evacuated via the hospital’s intensive care transport team, the Kangaroo Crew. Most of the cancer patients need to receive chemotherapy and a small number will require life-saving bone marrow transplants.
Texas Children’s Cancer Center and Hematology Service is the largest pediatric cancer and blood disorder program in the United States. The Center sees patients from throughout the state of Texas and 35 other states and 26 countries. Nearly 25,000 patients will be seen in the Cancer Center’s outpatient clinic this year.
By Laura Frnka, Texas Children’s Hospital