CancerForward To Receive Torch of Champions Award From Texas Children’s Cancer Center

Award to be given at Celebration of Champions Luncheon honoring those battling pediatric cancer

HOUSTON, July 8, 2011 – The 4th annual Texas Children’s Cancer Center’s Celebration of Champions luncheon will honor CancerForward: The Foundation For Cancer Survivors with its Torch of Champions Award September 28, 2011 at the Hilton Americas-Houston. The event will also honor all of the champions who have, or are, battling pediatric cancer.

The reception will begin at 11:15 a.m. and will be followed by a luncheon and fashion show at noon. For more information, visit

The luncheon benefits Texas Children’s Cancer Center’s Long Term Survivor Program and will help raise critical research dollars to help speed finding cures for childhood cancers. The funds raised will also provide support to the families and patients being treated at the Cancer Center.

Chaired by Sidney Faust, Judi McGee and Scott Basinger, this year’s event will be emceed by Kevin Kline, the co-host of 93 Q-Country’s Q Morning Zoo. During this year’s luncheon fashion show pediatric cancer patients and survivors will be escorted down the runway by key community champions who are being recognized for all they do to help make the Houston community a better place.

This year’s community champions are Bob and Janice McNair, Rudy Avelar, Yvonne C. Cormier, Claire Cormier Thielke, Rose Cullen, Kathy Cullen McCord, Jennifer McCord, Dr. ZoAnn Dreyer, Jan Duncan, Nidhika Mehta, Melissa and Michael Mithoff, Alice Mosing and Judy and Glenn Smith.

Tables and individual tickets for the luncheon are available for purchase now. Individual tickets range in price from $150 to $300, and tables are available for $3,000 to $50,000. Complimentary valet and self parking will be provided.

For more information or for interview opportunities, please contact Jenn Blackmer, Texas Children’s Hospital at 832-8215

About CancerForward: The Foundation For Cancer Survivors

CancerForward: The Foundation for Cancer Survivors is a public charity whose mission is to connect, educate and share information among cancer survivors, empowering them to improve their day-to-day lives. Founded in June, 2010, it is operated by all volunteers. CancerForward utilizes a variety of web-based communication and social networking technologies to build interactive communities of individuals with similar interests in cancer survivorship. The Foundation CancerForward is a primary non-profit support and information resource for cancer survivors from the moment of diagnosis through all stages of treatment, recovery and beyond. Addressing survivors of all ages and all cancer types, CancerForward also exists as a source of non-profit funding for local cancer support programs within health care institutions and community-based organizations throughout the U.S. More information about the organization can be found at

About Texas Children’s Cancer Center

As an international leader in pediatric cancer research and treatment, Texas Children’s Cancer Center is dedicated to providing novel therapies and family-centered care to children from infancy through young adulthood with cancer and blood disorders – from the most common to rare. The Texas Children’s Cancer Center is a joint program of Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine and is the pediatric program of BCM’s NCI-designated Dan L. Duncan Cancer Center. Ranked 5th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, making the Center #1 outside the northeast United States as well as #1 in Texas, Texas Children’s Cancer Center treats more childhood cancer and hematology patients than any other program in the U.S., with patients coming from 35 states and 26 countries around the world. Learn more at