Mothers Against Cancer, the Kingwood-based charity, recently announced they have cancelled their annual fundraiser, the Christmas luncheon.
“The board of directors of Mothers Against Cancer made the difficult, but necessary, decision to cancel our Dec. 7, 2020, annual luncheon,” said Ginger Bertrand, executive director.
Mothers Against Cancer was founded in Kingwood in 1989 to help the fight against cancer, a leading cause of childhood disease.
“This was not an easy decision, but we utilized the results of our recent surveys to our members and constituents to make this decision. We were concerned about MAC’s reputation if anyone came down with COVID-19 following our luncheon and we did not feel that we could safely handle the event," Bertrand said.
The group of Kingwood volunteers have donated almost $6.8 million to Texas Children’s Hospital for children’s cancer research. Monies donated were used for further research in the cardiac toxicity study; hematology research to detect sub-microscopic malignant cells; the study and the side effects of chemotherapy detecting cardiac damage; to further drug development and investigation; treatments for central nervous system cancers, especially brain and molecular profiling oncology-studying genes responsible for cancers; preclinical study; and clinical development of new agents to treat pediatric malignancies.
Texas Children's Cancer Center is the largest pediatric cancer and hematology research and treatment center in Texas and one of the largest in the U.S. The nationally acclaimed children's clinic, Texas Children's Cancer and Hematology Centers, have helped Texas Children's Hospital rank among the best children's hospitals for cancer by U.S News and World Report.
“We have begun making plans to have a virtual fundraiser this year. Details will be forthcoming in the coming months,” Bertrand said.
More information about the organization may be found at mothersagainstcancer.org.