Cancer Center honors Lester and Sue Smith with new clinic name
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.
- May 14, 2013
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- April 9, 2013
- BCM major part of new pediatric cancer Dream Team initiative
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- March 28, 2013
- Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer donates $75,000 to Texas Children’s Cancer Center
The grant will be used to fund a research project on neuroblastoma, an aggressive pediatric cancer that strikes approximately 650 children a year in the U.S., usually before age 5.
- March 1, 2013
- Fundraiser supports pediatric cancer in South Texas
Actor Diego Boneta, top right, helped raised $90,000 for the Vannie Cook Children’s Cancer Clinic in South Texas at the 2013 Radiothon.
- February 27, 2013
- Hematology-oncology faculty members receive renewed NIH funding to enhance T cell therapy for cancer
Hematology-oncology faculty members from the Center for Cell and Gene Therapy (CAGT) have received a $11.3 million renewal grant from the National Institutes of Health to advance the development of more effective and less toxic targeted T cell therapies for children and adults with cancer.
- February 1, 2013
- Grant funds developmental therapeutics program
A five-year, $1.75 million grant from Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation was awarded to Texas Children’s Cancer Center to establish the Developmental Therapeutics Center of Excellence.
- January 4, 2013
- Houston Radio Host Kevin Kline Completes his 62,000 Step Stair Run
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- December 12, 2012
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- December 11, 2012
- Montblanc and Texas Children’s Cancer Center encourage families to give a gift that counts this holiday season
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- December 6, 2012
- Q&A: Sharon Plon on Baylor College of Medicine's First Year of Clinical Exome Sequencing
As a member of Baylor College of Medicine's Whole Genome Laboratory management committee, Sharon Plon has been a leader in establishing Baylor's clinical exome sequencing diagnostic test, which was launched last November.
This is part one of a two-part interview. Part two will appear in next week's issue.