POSTED: Thursday, January 17, 2013 - 10:35am
UPDATED: Friday, January 18, 2013 - 9:50am
McAllen, TX (News Center 23) — Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children's Hospital, along with patients and families, held a press conference to inform the public they are attempting to raise at total of $5 million dollars for their treatment center. The money goes to the facility so they can treat children from families with low resources and so far $3 million dollars has been raised. Employees at the hospital are confident they'll raise the rest adn for the families this means a lot as Dr. Ken Landrum stated, "There are many families in the Valley that would have to sell or quit their jobs in order to care for their kids and move elsewhere like Houston, Dallas, San Antonio or Corpus."
The Board of Directors of the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation, Inc. announced today that it has concluded the initial phase of a $5 million dollar effort to provide for the care and treatment of local children with cancer and serious blood diseases. Generous gifts from one hundred percent of the board members, together with a number of Foundations, businesses and individuals, has resulted in donations and pledges in the amount $3 million dollars to date. The Board now seeks community support for assistance in raising the remaining $2 million to help the thousands of local children seen at the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic.
“While the Vannie Cook Cancer Foundation has always provided adequate funding for the Clinic to thrive, we are now challenged with providing for the future due to an extraordinary need for pediatric cancer treatment in the Valley”, said Dr. Ken Landrum, Vannie Cook Board Chair, “There is no finer childhood cancer treatment facility in South Texas – the quality of care our children receive at the Vannie Cook Clinic is second to none. It is our responsibility to insure we are still here for them far into the future”.
Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation, Inc. - Established more than forty years ago, the Foundation serves the needs of South Texas residents by supporting cancer-related patient care services and programs and cancer research and education. In response to the need to provide care for children with cancer and blood disorders in the region, the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation helped establish the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic in 2001. Today the sole purpose of the Foundation is help support the Vannie Cook Clinic, its patients and families.
Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children’s Cancer and Hematology Clinic - The Clinic, a joint effort of the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation in McAllen and Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Cancer Center in Houston, opened in 2001 to provide state-of-the-art care and treatment for children of South Texas with cancer and blood disorders – children who would otherwise have had to leave the area for the life-saving treatments needed to survive. In addition to diagnostic services and leading edge therapies for pediatric cancer, the Clinic provides other programs vital to positive outcomes for children and their families including a Psychosocial Support Program; a Long Term Survivor Program; In-House Laboratory Services; a Cancer Genetics Clinic; and Childhood Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention Research.