When Dylan Probe lost her lower right leg to Ewing’s Sarcoma in the spring of 2017, her family wondered if her life would ever be the same.
A little more than a year later, thanks to a new prosthetic leg, the sixth-grader at Woodcreek Middle School in Summerwood is indoor rock climbing, bouncing at the trampoline park, even jumping from a bridge into the Medina River.
“Nothing can stop Dylan now,” said Ginger Bertrand, executive director for Mothers Against Cancer (MAC), “and the most exciting news is Dylan is celebrating her sixth month being cancer free!”
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Dylan, daughter of Megan and Chip Probe of Fall Creek, is the honoree for the Mothers Against Cancer’s 30th annual luncheon to be held Monday, Dec. 3, at the Humble Civic Center.
“The pearl is the gemstone for a 30th anniversary,” said Bertrand, “so we thought it would be appropriate for our theme to be “Pearls of Hope – Celebrating 30 Years of Giving.”
In addition to honoring Dylan, the group will present the Ann Denman Award to Glenda Gordy, a longtime luncheon supporter and former member who continues to support MAC.
Mothers Against Cancer was founded in 1989 when the parents and friends of Ann Denman established the nonprofit foundation as a fitting memorial to the little 2-year-old from Kingwood who lost her battle with leukemia.
Because of their annual luncheons, Mothers Against Cancer has donated more than $6 million to Texas Children’s Hospital for children’s cancer research.
“We fund pediatric cancer research in hopes for a cure,” said Bertrand. “Our donations have been used for testing new anti-cancer agents against tumors, drug development and long-term survivor studies, drug development for brain tumors, and safer ways to provide chemotherapy, and that’s just a partial list.”
In addition to their luncheon donation, MAC members visit patients at Texas Children’s Cancer Center four times a year to distribute parking passes for the parents, knitted caps for the patients, and books donated by the Robert Everlanka family.
“We visited the hospital in July,” said Bertrand, “and each patient received an age-appropriate bag of goodies assembled by Jacqueline Widman. The parents received a Vera Bradley tote bag filled with essential items like laundry soap, a memo pad, pen and the like.”
“It is especially heartwarming to see their faces when we tell them about the parking pass,” added Bertrand, “and in December, we’ll present a check to the hospital for pediatric cancer research.”
The December luncheon will include raffles as well as and silent and live auctions.
“And, once again, our raffle tickets remain $1 each, a Mothers Against Cancer tradition for all those wonderful packages we have,” said Bertrand.
The luncheon will be catered by Tony’s of the Vallone Restaurant Group. The Rev. Beth Chenault of Strawbridge United Methodist Church in Kingwood will give the invocation. Johnny Bravo, formerly a KSBJ Radio disc jockey, will be the auctioneer. FOX 26 morning anchor and health reporter Melissa Wilson will emcee. Wilson’s son is a cancer survivor as well.
The luncheon is organized by the 64 members of Mothers Against Cancer with Bertrand at the helm. Terrie Lee chairs the Virginia Gandy Run which will be held April 27, 2019. Candice Perkin is chair of the sponsors committee, Kristen Price is treasurer, Kendall Robnett is chair decorations chair, Babe Turner is past executive chair, Michelle Wilson is secretary, Go Gold liaison Pam Wilson is raffle co-chair, and Margo Wyatt is communications chair.
“The luncheon is open to everyone,” said Bertrand.
For more information about Mothers Against Cancer or to purchase tickets (starting at $125) or sponsorships for the “Pearls of Hope” Gala, visit mothersagainstcancer.org.