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Honoring the Past: Celebrating 35 Years of Giving

A Message from Cheryl Wright, President, SA Cancer Council

sa cancer councilIt was 35 years ago that a local group of pioneering women joined forces to establish a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC). They had one goal in mind: make a difference in the fight against cancer. Our founding members include Edith McCallister, Lois Yancy and first president Jane Cole. Since 1984, members of the SA Cancer Council have worked to raise awareness of and funds for the Mays Cancer Center, the newly named center at UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center. In celebrating our historic legacy, we wish to salute our organization’s past presidents (see list below) who built a culture of philanthropy that exists to this day. Today, our all-volunteer organization continues to work tirelessly to host multiple fundraising events that benefit our Cancer Center. Funds raised from our membership drive, Spring Luncheon and Cure Cancer Card (formerly the Partners Shopping Card) have allowed us to donate more than $5 million to support cutting edge research and patient assistance. Read Cheryl’s entire message.

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Your Contributions Matter: One Patient’s Story

In the GI clinic, we have a patient under treatment who is the caregiver to his spouse who suffers from dementia. They have a fixed income through social security. Recently, within the last year before our patient became ill, he was made the legal guardian to his three young grandchildren. Family circumstances warranted that our patient becomes the guardian. As you can imagine, our patient has been under a lot of stress. During the holidays it was especially evident how the burden was impacting him. When I spoke with him, he shared how sad he was over not being able to give his grandchildren gifts or a special holiday meal. The gift cards allowed me to relieve him of some of the burdens he was experiencing. If you could have seen his face and smile when I presented him with the cards…it warms the heart.
Please thank everyone. And yes, we would definitely like to have gift cards for use during the entire year.

Lupita Martinez, LMSW, MBA, OSW
Social Worker, Patient & Family Services

Mays Cancer Center Patient & Family Services Expense FY 2018
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UT News and Cancer Research Studies

News 4 San Antonio: UT Health MD Anderson One-Year Anniversary: News 4 San Antonio reporter Camilla Rambaldi produced a series on the one-year anniversary of the UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center partnership. Learn more

Rivard Report: Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall, but Obesity-Related Cancers Are on the Rise: Over the past quarter of a century, the cancer death rate in the United States has been steadily declining due to lower smoking rates, earlier detection, and better treatment, according to a report by the American Cancer Society (ACS). Learn more

Stemming the Spread of Cancer: Scientists at UT Health San Antonio and UTHealth in Houston were awarded $6 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Defense to expand studies of a therapeutic antibody to stem the spread of breast cancer to bone. Learn more

Symposium Educates Public on the Cancer Journey: The importance of exercise, a healthful diet, prayer/meditation, and social support during the cancer journey were among the takeaways at UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center’s inaugural “Living Beyond Cancer A-Z” symposium. Learn More

Council Member Events Kick Off a Busy 2019

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Upcoming Council and Cancer Center Events


3/27/19 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Lunch & Learn
Jeremy Viles D.N.P., M.B.A., RN, NE-BC, inaugural chief nursing officer for the Mays Cancer Center, will share his vision to expand patient services at the Mays Cancer Center. Register NowApril
4/10/19 | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM: Annual Spring Luncheon
SA Cancer Council Spring Luncheon – Honoring the Past & Celebrating the Future
Keynote Speaker: Chancellor James Milliken Sponsorships & TicketsMay
5/8/19 | 5:00 – 7:00: Happy Hour
StoneWerks at The Vineyard at Blanco & 1604 Details to come.5/10/19| 10:00 – 11:00: Event: Healthy Choices Cooking Demo
Members-Only event; Mays Cancer Center Details to come.October
10/2319: Express News Book & Author Luncheon.
Grand Hyatt. Details to come.

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