Our email to supporters 1.12.2019
This morning, I was in Houston, TX, visiting the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where I had the opportunity to tour the center, meet with Dr. Naruhiko Ikoma, MD, MS, who is one of three physicians leading the gastric cancer research program at the center, and also formally present our gift.
MD Anderson is one of the world’s most respected cancer centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention, and is ranked as the #1 center by U.S. News and World Report.
Today was an experience that I will never forget. Though this is the third cancer center and research program we have helped to support, the feeling of awe and excitement was heavy as I toured the center and listened to Dr. Ikoma talk about the research and the work they are doing. MD Anderson is a place that puts its patients first and is making a difference in the lives of others. I am beyond proud we are able to help support this program and this center, and be a part of work that is “making cancer history”. And I am reminded of why we are doing this in the first place, and why I started this organization.
To everyone who made this day and gift possible, again, thank you! Simply put, it would not have happened without you, and in the bigger picture, you are allowing us to continue forward on the mission we set out to accomplish in May 2015—to fund cancer research and make a difference in the world. I believe, full heartedly, we have a responsibility, as a society, to leave the world a better place than the one we came into. And today shows we are making a tangible impact and truly making the world a better, brighter, and hopefully one day very soon, a cancer free place. When I started this foundation, all I wanted to do was make a difference, even if that meant we were only able to help just one person. We have done that, and so much more. We are standing up to cancer—a disease that has no place in our world and something that will not dictate our future. The power of the human spirit and the determination to do all we can to better the lives of others was felt today, and I witnessed it in Houston. Thank you, again.
With Gratitude and Hope,
Founder & President