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At the 50th anniversary gala held by IBC Bank in Laredo on Saturday, Nov. 5, executives announced that the bank’s End Cancer Campaign raised $2 million to benefit the MD Anderson Cancer Center. The check was presented to MD Anderson Executive Vice President and Physician in Chief Dr. Thomas Buchholz.
In a news release, IBC Bank Chairman and CEO Dennis Nixon said that the bank’s commitment to cancer research was evident during the campaign in its Texas and Oklahoma branches, which started on June 15.
“As an additional commitment to the cause, IBC Bank matched all customer donations, dollar for dollar,” he stated. “Together, these funds will make a difference in the lives of those touched by this disease.”
Recently, the University of Texas’ Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) in San Antonio announced that it would be affiliating with MD Anderson in order to provide cancer patients in the city and throughout South Texas with advanced treatments. The move is expected to boost the UT Health Science Center’s revenue and patient numbers.
Sabrina Dominguez, a cancer survivor and student at Texas A&M University, has become one of many stories highlighted in the MD Anderson fundraising campaign. Dominguez, who participated in the ceremony earlier this month, sought surgery and treatment after being diagnosed with brain cancer at age 16. She was able to take advantage of MD Anderson’s advanced therapies, which greatly reduced side effects.
“I’m thankful to the people who have helped save my life, but I’m also thankful for my brain tumor,” Dominguez stated on the MD Anderson website. “It’s part of who I am now. And I love sharing what I’ve been through to try and help someone else.”