Runway Report Patrons Were Feted Where Penguins Once Partied

While Runway Report Honorary Co-Chairs Linda and Steve Ivy were world traveling and Co-Host Don Daseke was elsewhere doing deals, Co-Host Barbara Daseke carried on for the KidneyTexas Inc.‘ Runway Report patrons in the Daseke home-in-the-woods. It all took place on Thursday, September 21, in celebration of the “Transforming Lives Fashion Show And Luncheon” on Thursday, September 21, at Brook Hollow Golf Club. In addition to checking out the teak-wood mansion, guests were able to start bidding on the live auction items and raffle goodies. Here’s a report from the field:

Barbara Daseke, Christine Martin and Susan Russell*

Barbara and Don Daseke opened their fabulous home for the Patron Party honoring KidneyTexas Inc.’s The Runway Report Transforming Lives Fashion Show and Luncheon on Thursday, September 21, a wonderful treat for all!

Someone said the last time they were there for an event, there was a cheetah in the backyard and penguins in a pool. All of that is true! It happened when the Dasekes hosted an event for the Zoo To Do benefiting the Dallas Zoo, caretakers from the zoo brought some of the zoo’s residents for a road trip to the Daseke’s to meet and mingle with the upscale crowd. As longtime supporters of the Dallas Zoo, Barb and Don are chairing that event this year on Saturday, November 4.

Dee Lincoln and Jan Strimple*

Dustin Holcomb and Nerissa von Helpenstill*

KidneyTexas Luncheon Co-Chair Susan Russell and her husband, Don, joined Luncheon Co-Chair Christine Martin in welcoming friends, supporters and patrons in for the celebration. Enjoying the sumptuous hors d’oeuvres and artful scenery were Over the Top award honorees Dee Lincoln of Dee Lincoln Prime, who sponsored the wines this evening, and Nerissa von Helpenstill and Dustin Holcomb from Tootsies that is also the fashion show sponsor. And the word is out, the ever-fashionable Jan Strimple, fashion show producer, has a special surprise up her sleeve to be showcased at the fashion show on Tuesday.

The Sue Goodnight Service Award recipient Natalie Taylor was there, along with the award’s namesake, Sue Goodnight, who will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.  

Natalie Taylor and Di Johnston*

Renee and David Winter*

Former Luncheon Chair Renee Winter and dear friend Pam Brock brought in orchids which will be featured as the luncheon’s centerpieces. Dr. David Winter, Renee’s husband, caught up on news with friends Dr. Warren Katz and his wife. Special thanks to Gold Crown Valet for sponsoring valet services for this and all of KidneyTexas’ special meetings and events.

The 2017 KidneyTexas beneficiaries include:

  • Parkland Foundation: $30,500 for kidney dialysis unit;
  • Baylor Health Care System Foundation: $30,000 for a five-year study of kidney transplants;
  • UT Southwestern Medical Center: $29,925 for kidney related research;
  • Children’s Medical Center Foundation: $20,500 for hemodialysis and blood pressure machines;
  • Camp Reynal: $19,500; and
  • Texas Health Resources Foundation: $14,214for a hemodialysis machine
* Photo credit: Dana Driensky

Despite “Hand In Hand” Telethon, Cattle Baron’s Ball Research Symposium Reinforced The Importance Of Cancer Research And Treatment Funding

Who would have thought that Hurricanes Harvey and Irma would have impacted North Texas fundraising efforts? On Tuesday, September 12, it happened.

When the Cattle Baron’s Ball gals had arranged to have their annual Research Symposium at Studio Movie Grill at Royal Lane, the schedule seemed free and clear for that Tuesday. They had arranged for Mary Kay Inc. and the Deason Foundation to be the presenting sponsor, as well as Studio Movie Grill to host it.

But with hurricanes whopping up the Texas and Florida coasts, the renowned talents of the U.S. came together to hold a televised cross-country telethon — Hand in Hand — with Julia Roberts, Barbra Streisand, Daniel Craig, Billy Crystal, Jay Leno, Leonardo DiCaprio, Oprah, Justin Bieber, George Clooney, Cher, Jamie Foxx, Reese Witherspoon and others (wo)manning the telephone banks and encouraging donations, while George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Robert Earl Keen, Chris Stapleton, Blake Sheldon, Usher, Stevie Wonder performed on stage in San Antonio, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York City. Talk about the Super Bowl of celebs!

Sunie Solomon, Nicholas Conrad and Deidre Bacala

Raquibul Hannan and Sterling Deason

And then there was the issue of the CBB committee members being moms with car pool and after-school activities. Perhaps all those issues resulted in a less than expected 60 guests for the presentation by Dr. Raquibul Hannan and Nicholas Conrad.

Still the message was clear and inspirational — thanks to funding of research and treatments, fewer lives were being lost to cancer.

Anne Stodghill

Kim Quinn and Kris Johnson

On hand for the cocktail reception and presentation were CBB Co-Chairs Anne Stodghill and Sunie Solomon, Symposium Co-Chairs Kris Johnson and Kim Quinn (Co-Chair Isabell Novakov was away on business), Sterling Deason, Deidre Bacala, Annika Cail, 2016 CBB Co-Chair Andrea Weber recalling that it was this time last year that she gave birth to JT Weber and Nancy Gopez, who was still thrilled over winning the Bachendorf’s bracelet at the CBB Live Auction party in August.   

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Concert For A Cure

According to Leukemia Texas CEO Mandy O’Neill,

Mandy O’Neill, Dr. Maro O’Hanian and Erin Krah*

Over the past several years, Leukemia Texas has been able to fund every, eligible patient aid applicant. That was close to 500 applicants last year battling this devastating disease in Texas, a large number of these from the Dallas area. Their success is because of perseverance, limited expenses and generous donors who believe in their unique motto as ‘the only organization of its kind where funds raised in Texas, stay in Texas!’

Over the past five years, Leukemia Texas has increased their annual revenue more than 250%. As the demand for patient support increases, the need to generate revenue is strong. I’ve continued to keep the tradition of this 47-year-old organization, founded by the Minyard Family (Gretchen Minyard Williams and Liz Minyard Lokey continue to be active board members) by keeping expenses low and strengthening their signature events. The Beatleukemia Ball, Golf Classic and Concert for a Cure all generated record numbers this past year. They have also partnered with the MJ Event bringing in at least $250,000 new net dollars every year.

Concert For A Cure*

With their tremendous growth, and an estimated 3,000+ new leukemia diagnoses across the state, the addition of a third full time staff member is crucial. Leukemia Texas is currently searching for a seasoned Director of Program Development who is well versed in program management and major gift fundraising. Those interested in applying may reach out to Mandy at [email protected].

Their next event is the 5th annual Concert for a Cure to be held at the Rustic on Thursday September 28. Previous honorees include Kelcy Warren, Alicia Landry and Lynn McBee. Join Fox 4’s Jenny Anchondo, Real Housewife of Dallas Stephanie Hollman and former Dallas Cowboy and Hall of Famer Marco Rivera as they celebrate, eat delicious bites and raise critical funds to directly support leukemia patients in our own backyard.

* Graphic/photo provided by Leukemia Texas

JUST IN: It’s Their Time’s Leslie Crozier Presents A $100,000 Check For Dr. Roger Rosenberg’s Research In Fighting Alzheimer’s

Anyone who knows Leslie Crozier knows that she’s a human dynamo. Whether it’s entering a room filled with strangers or taking on a cause, she’s a supernova. And that’s exactly how she tackled her personal vendetta against Alzheimer’s. Within 116 days, she created a foundation — It’s Their Time — and held a sold-out event on Tuesday, May 23, at the Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek to raise awareness and fundraising.

Steve Crozier, Roger Rosenberg, Leslie Ann Crozier, Greg Fitz and Carol Hall*

It paid off. After all the checks had cleared the bank and the bills had been paid, she presented a check for $100,000 to UT Southwestern Medical School Dean Dr. Greg Fitz and world-renowned Dr. Roger Rosenberg to support Roger’s research in developing a DNA vaccine which “is on a shortlist of promising antibody treatments” that may prevent or cure Alzheimer’s.

* Photo provided by It's Their Time

Laura W. Bush Institute Provided A Look At The Amazing Universe Of Stem Cells Thanks To Doris Taylor And Jay Schneider

Laura Bush and Lee Ann White

Lee Ann White had had a busy 24 hours. On Tuesday, February 14, (aka Valentine’s Day), she had orchestrated a sweetie of a celebration at the Ritz-Carlton with the Hamilton Park Choir and 50 besties. Alas, Annette Simmons and husband Jerry Fronterhouse and birthday girl Gene Jones had to send regrets. Couldn’t blame them. Annette and Jerry were out of town celebrating their first anniversary and Gene was over the pond to check out her new floating getaway.

But in attendance were Lana and Barry Andrews, Toni and T. Boone Pickens and the usual multi-gillionaires plus Laura and George Bush.

Jan Rees-Jones and Lisa Troutt

Debbie Francis

Jeanne Cox

But early the next morning on Wednesday, February 15, Lee Ann, Lana, Jan Rees-Jones, Jeanne Cox and Debbie Francis were looking fresh-faced for the Laura W. Bush Institute gathering at the Dallas Country Club.  

Su-Su Meyer, Gayle Stoffel, Lana Andrew and Meredith Land

Kara Goss and Rhonda Marcus

Kimber Hartmann and Angie Kadesky

Monet and George Ball and Tiffany Divis

After the breakfast coffee that included a crash of china coffee cups from the buffet to the tile floor, the group (Tiffany Divis with daughter Monet Ball and husband Dr. George Ball, Libby Allred, Pam Busbee, Ola Fojtasek, Michael Fowler, Kimber Hartmann, Debbie Francis, Lisa Ogle, Joanne Stroud, Kara Goss, Su-Su Meyer, Al Hill Jr., Angie Kadesky, Rhonda Marcus, Diane Howard, Jane Pierce and Lisa Troutt) gathered in the ballroom for “Stem Cells: Building Blocks For Human Organs And Tools For Therapeutic Discovery” by Dr. Jay Schneider and Doris Taylor, Ph.D., introduced by emcee KXAS’s Meredith Land.

Diane Howard and Marjorie Jenkins

Al Hill Jr.

Connie Tyne, Jay Schneider and Doris Taylor

Over to the side of the ballroom stood Laura Bush with Lee Ann, the speakers and Institute hierarchy. While this presentation was Lee Ann’s swan song as president of the Laura W. Bush Institute, Institute Executive Director Connie Tyne and Institute Chief Science Officer Marjorie Jenkins kept things popping.

After Lee Ann introduced Laura, the former first lady updated the group on the Bush family — former first Lady Barbara and President George H.W. Bush both got well in time to flip the coin for the Super Bowl, and Laura’s husband former President George W. Bush has been working on portraits and a book on wounded warriors (“Buy his book because he’s living on a government pension.” Actually, proceeds go to the Wounded Warrior project).

She then discussed the various programs and developments that the Institute will be hosting in the coming months.

It was now time for the two experts to discuss the day’s topic. First up was Doris Taylor on how the body heals itself with its own stem cells. Admitting that she saw the world through stem-cell glass, she saw aging and most chronic diseases as a failure of stem cells.

Her first two points of the day were:

  • Heart disease kills more women than men. Most clinical trials on restorative therapy for heart disease are done on men. Despite more equivalent trials being undertaken involving men and women, the chances are that a woman will still receive treatments designed for a man.
  • Sex is not the same as gender. While the rule of thumb is that at the first sign of a heart attack, it is essential to get to a hospital within four hours. Men usually get there within the four-hour window. Why? Because their wives drive them there. Women, on the other hand. don’t get there within that time period but not because of biologic or sex differences. Rather because of gender-based differences. A woman will delay getting help for various reasons like “The house is dirty,” “The kids are coming home from school,” I don’t want an ambulance guy to come in here when the house is dirty,” etc.  Due to the excuses, a woman doesn’t make it to the hospital in time. It is societal gender difference, not biological. 

Doris then addressed the future of stem cells in aging. Using a simple example, she told how when a young child falls and scrapes their knee, it’s not like they are going to be scarred for life. However, an adult may not be so lucky. That is because of the stem cells that take care of the normal wear and tear of the body aren’t as available as a person ages. 

She explained how inflammation is nature’s signaling that there has been an injury, and stem cells are needed to repair. If you get the right cells there, you can eliminate the inflammation.

Doris then said that she really wanted the audience to take away two points from her talk:

  1. Inflammation for a short time is a good thing, because it tells the body that stem cells are need and those stem cells get mobilized
  2. But chronic inflammation when you don’t get stem cells is a bad thing.

The problem with aging is that we lose stem cells and their capacity to handle the inflammation over time. Through cell therapy, those aging-out stem cells can be replaced.

Regarding heart disease, it occurs in men earlier in life, but then levels off. In women it starts slower and then speeds up. But by the 70s men and women are equal in the heart disease.

During that same time period, it was interesting to note the loss of stem cells take place at the same rate.

Stem cells can self-replicate and they can come from a lot of things. The common sources of stem cells are bone marrow, blood, fat, muscle and amniotic fluid. Thanks to research, almost any cell can be turned into a stem cell.

In a research project that Doris conducted in mice regarding plaque in the heart, she discovered that female stem cells worked in both males and females. But the male stem cells only worked in male mice and they worsened the conditions of the female mice.

Ways to solve the problem of :

  • Prevention
  • Repairing the right cells
  • Finding cogent stem cell
  • Getting the right stem cells from somebody else
  • Storing your cells
  • Picking the right patients
  • Mobilizing your stem cells by reducing stress, exercising, acupuncture, meditation, etc.

Stem cells are already in use in the treatment of arthritis, sports injuries, surgeries, cosmetic applications, etc. It was on that last point that Doris warmed about the problem of medical tourism in getting overseas applications of stem cells:

  • your own doctor will not know what he/she is dealing with
  • they probably haven’t been through the clinical trials

For these reasons, she encouraged the advancement of testing and gaining access to such treatments in this country.

A couple of final points:

  1. Integrated Healthcare Association has recognized that the sexes are different and those difference need to be addressed
  2. American Heart Association published a paper last year about the difference of heart attacks in men and women

Doris then talked about building hearts in the lab. By washing the cells out of a heart and replacing those cells, the heart was able to work, plus the women’s skeletal hearts were stronger than the men’s. Similar tests are being done in other organs.

But with all the advancements, the overall results will only be successful if the differences in the genders are included.

Her final comment was to push for answers and to discuss the topic with doctors and friends.

Next up Dr. Jay Schneider, who opened with the fact that before the day’s meeting with the former first lady, his previous Texas VIP meeting had been Willie Nelson … “This is much better than that.”

 He then turned to his talk, emphasizing that in addition to gender differences, each person is totally unique in their genocode “God gave our souls, but the code determines what our cells are.”

Thanks to the modern technology — CRISPR — the genetic code can be adjusted. Jay was positively high of the development of CRISPR predicting a Noble Prize in the future for those involved in its discovery.

Back story: CRISPR was discovered thank to scientists trying to find out why yogurt went bad. It was due to bacteria.

CRISPR will go through genome — all 46 chromosomes and billions of bases — and locate the basic mistake in the makeup and “actually fix them.”

He then gave two examples of the importance. First was a young man in Dallas named “Ben,” who is suffering from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. The disease effects boys, but it is transmitted from the mothers, who do not have symptoms. Using CRISPR, Ben has a single mistake in his gene that causes Duchenne. With the new technology, they can go in using molecular technology, change the sequence, and cure the muscular disease.  Until clinical trials are done, the treatment cannot be done. However, thanks to cells that were made from his blood, muscles can be built.

Jay emphasized that this was being done with Ben’s own blood and not embryonic fluid. He credited the development of creating stems from means other than embryonic fluid to former President George W. Bush, who restricted funding of embryonic stem cell research in 2012, thereby forcing scientist to undertake other alternatives.

His second example was his year-old great niece Allison, who suffers from Acting Mental Myelopathy. Like Ben, she had one mistake in her gene make-up. Only one other child was born with this condition. Thanks to CRISPR, technology is being created that will go into her muscle and release her from her paralysis.

But there is an urgency to solving these genetic situations. As one gets older, it is harder to correct the error.

Jay then smoothly made a suggestion to the former first lady, who was seated nearby. In visiting the Bush Center, Jay was surprised to see barely a mention of the former president’s involvement in changing the world of genetics. His suggestion was to take a tube of blood from the former first lady and use it to demonstrate how stem cells can be created, thereby not requiring embryonic fluid.

Marjorie then held a brief Q&A for Doris and Jay with the audience that addressed the following points:

  • The life span of cells varies.
  • A stem cell circulates for various periods of time. They then go to the injured site or back to the bone marrow.
  • Donating a body to Jay’s clinic for research is invaluable.
  • Ben’s case is already advanced and it will be a challenge to get to each cell in his muscles. However, most Duchenne patients and their mothers tend to die from heart disease. Luckily, the heart is more accessible for using CRISPR.
  • Allison is still much younger and her mass is still developing and more manageable.
  • AIDs is a disease that is having positive results due to CRISPR.
  • One of the great issues facing the use of genetic management: the ethical questions being raised.

Cattle Baron’s Ball’s Annual Research Symposium Included Progress In The Cancer War And Info On Upcoming Earth Day Texas

The crowd in the Pecan Room was there for more than the usual cocktails and dinner on Tuesday, March 1. With chairs lined up theater-style, the gathering was the annual Research Symposium for Cattle Baron’s Ball members to hear first-hand from researchers whose work was possible in part thanks to CBB grants.

Anne Stodghill, Kenneth Portier, Amanda Jones and Melissa Sherrill

Anne Stodghill, Kenneth Portier, Amanda Jones and Melissa Sherrill Martin

On hand to provide reports this year were National American Cancer Society Statistics and Evaluation Center Managing Director Kenneth M. Portier and cell biology postdoctoral research Amanda Jones.

Andrea Weber and Jerry Hess

Andrea Weber and Jerry Hess

For this year’s presentation, Co-Chairs Kris Johnson, Melissa Sherrill Martin and Anne Stodghill had an added attraction. Not only did Earth Day Texas underwrite the evening, Earth Day Texas CEO Jerry Hess briefly told about Earth Day Texas’ upcoming event that will take place at Fair Park.

This annual symposium is a strong reminder for the CBB-ers how the funds raised “are truly making a significant impact and changing lives through cancer prevention, early detection and innovative treatments.”

Callier Cares Luncheon Patrons Gather At Honorary Co-Chairs Michal And Lloyd Powell’s Home To Hear About Plans

The sky was blue without a cloud in the sky on Tuesday, March 1. While primary voting was ending, guests were gathering at Michal and Lloyd Powell’s too-comfy home. The occasion was the Callier Cares Luncheon patron party. Thanks to the perfect weather, the terrace with the outdoor bar was as inviting as the Powell dining room with a table set with sliders, stuffed tomatoes, mini-ice cream cones and a centerpiece from Garden Gate.

Caleb Powell, Stuart Bumpass, Michal and Lloyd Powell

Caleb Powell, Stuart Bumpass, Michal and Lloyd Powell

On the terrace, Powell son Caleb Powell joined his parents as they talked with Callier Cares Honoree Stuart Bumpas, who explained that wife Diane Bumpas was on her way. No sooner had he said that than Diane arrived at the doorway.

Diane Bumpas and Lynn McBee

Diane Bumpas and Lynn McBee

Ruth and Ken Altshuler

Ruth and Ken Altshuler

Other arrivals who appeared right on time were Ruth and Ken Altshuler, who found themselves merrily on the couch talking to Pat Harloe and Lynn McBee.

But eventually the crowd, including University of Texas at Dallas Provost Dr. Hobson Wildenthal, Interim President of the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences Dr. James Bartlett, Carol and Don Glendenning and Cece Smith and Ford Lacy, gathered to hear about plans for the upcoming Callier Cares Luncheon at Brook Hollow on Tuesday, April 19.

Barbara and John Stuart and Angie Kadesky

Barbara and John Stuart and Angie Kadesky

Callier Center Foundation President John Stuart did the official welcome. thanking Michal and Lloyd for hosting the party, and then introduced Luncheon Chair Angie Kadesky.

As Angie pointed out, it was “especially meaningful” to have Michael and Lloyd serve as the honorary chairs, since Michal chaired the 2015 Crystal Charity Ball and Callier was one of its beneficiaries.

On a personal note, Angie told how her personal connection with the Center was due to one of her children benefiting from its services.

She thanked her committee and reported that tickets were moving briskly before turning the program over to Callier Center Executive Director Dr. Tom Campbell, who acknowledged Ruth and Ken’s establishing the Callier Care Fund that benefits “children and adults who would otherwise be unable to afford treatment to overcome speech, language and hearing disorders.”

Tom Campbell, Hobson Wildenthal and James Bartlett

Tom Campbell, Hobson Wildenthal and James Bartlett

Seamlessly, he went on to explain how fitting it was that Stuart Bumpas would receive the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award, which is annually presented to “an individual or group who has contributed significantly to advancing care of patients with communication disorder.”

For the past 30 years, “Stuart has influenced and contributed to the Callier Center’s growth through his service on the board of trustees of the Foundation for the Callier Center.”

After reminding guests of Callier’s unique, three-part mission — treatment, training and research — he told of future projects that would help the mission including the the new autism center that opened in May, the Crystal Charity Ball’s providing funds to provide hearing aids and services to children of poverty, and the groundbreaking of the new 50,000-square-foot Callier Richardson Expansion with its state-of-the-art clinic and training facility scheduled to open in the fall.

With ticket sales moving along, Tom broke the news that the luncheon speaker would be Highland Park honors graduate/University of North Texas freshman Bailey Turfitt, who “will share the challenges she faced and the victories she celebrated growing up with severe hearing impairment.”

MySweet2016Goals: Michelle Kinder

According to Momentous Institute Executive Director Michelle Kinder,

Michelle Kinder*

Michelle Kinder*

“My 2016 goals are to stay grounded in gratitude and compassion and to be awake to the present moment as often as possible.

“Oh, and social emotional health for all kids so they can achieve their full potential – that too!”

* Photo provided 
by Momentous 

A Passing: Dr. Alfred “Al” Goodman Gilman

At this time of year when smiles, laughter and counting blessings are synonymous with the cheer of the season, the loss of a family member, a friend, a mentor is especially poignant. But when it is a person who has been acknowledged for their accomplishments and ethics, then even strangers mourn the loss.

Alfred Gilman (File photo)

Alfred Gilman (File photo)

So it is with Wednesday’s death of Dr. Alfred “Al” Gilman.

It was just this past March that Al was one of the speakers at the dedication of the Kern Wildenthal Biomedical Research Building.

And while he was world-famous for his research and his leadership at UT Southwestern, Al was also known for having a marvelous sense of humor as was on display when he “toasted” Marnie Wildenthal and “roasted” Kern Wildenthal, when the couple was honored at The Senior Source’s “Spirit of Generations Luncheon” in 2010.

He recalled at another time that when he was a youngster, he made “a reservation for a trip to the moon.”

In addition to his leadership in research and his taking a stand about questionable practices by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas, Al was awarded the Nobel Prize 1994 for his discovery of G proteins that “are known to be in nearly all cells and to play a vital role in such bodily processes as vision, smell, hormone secretion and even thought.”

But these accomplishments should not have surprised anyone. After all, his father Dr. Al Z. Gilman, had been a Yale School of Medicine professor and wrote the classic pharmacology textbook, “The Pharmacological Basis of Therapeutics” with Louis S. Goodman. The collaboration was such a great partnership that young Al’s middle name was Goodman. As he later put it, “Perhaps my fate was sealed from that day; as my friend Michael Brown once said, I am probably the only person who was ever named after a textboook.”

Like his father, Al went into the field of pharmacology, earning his BS in 1962 from Yale and going on to Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, where he was a student of Nobel laureate pharmacologist Earl Sutherland.

In 1981 Al became the chairman of UT Southwestern’s Department of Pharmacology, thanks to being recruited by among others a 38-year-old Kern, who had just been promoted to Dean of the Medical School. Ironically, it was discovered that the two also shared the same birthdate — July 1, 1941.

Thanks to his work and ethics, Al’s contributions to the world will live on.

Our condolences to his family (wife Kathryn Gilman, daughters Amy Ariagno and Anne Sincovec and son Ted Gilman), his friends, his associates and those who have benefited from his life, his work and his sense of humor.

MySweetWishList: Friends Of BrainHealth

According to 2016 Friends of BrainHealth Membership Co-Chairs Pam Borders and Kay Hammond,

Pam Border and Kay Hammond*

Pam Borders and Kay Hammond*

“Every person we know—and that you know—is impacted by their brain’s performance. As one of our fellow Center for BrainHealth advisory board members once said, without brain health, you do not have health.

“We first became involved with the Center for BrainHealth because of its work involving healthy aging and its dedication to investigating scientific solutions that may stave off Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. We soon learned, however, that the aging brain is only one area of focus for BrainHealth. The Center for BrainHealth is committed to understanding, protecting, healing and enhancing the brain in people of all ages, whether in disease, injury or health.

“As 2016 Friends of BrainHealth Membership Chairs, we are thrilled to support our Friends of BrainHealth Co-Chairs Barbara Durham and Jane Smith, and the Co-Chairs of Junior Friends, an offshoot for the under 40 crowd, Anne MacDonald and Nena Oshman.

“Our wish is to have men and women in our community support Friends and help us fund at least four emerging scientists and their novel research initiatives each year.

2015 Friends of BrainHealth Award recipients (from the left): Hsueth-Sheng Chiang, Jenny Miller, Adam Teed and Matthew Kmieck*

2015 Friends of BrainHealth Award recipients (from the left): Hsueth-Sheng Chiang, Jenny Miller, Adam Teed and Matthew Kmieck*

“Scientists who are awarded the Friends $25,000 seedling grants conduct pilot studies that can serve as the groundwork for future, large-scale research initiatives and help forward the field of brain science.

“We humbly ask you to consider joining Friends of BrainHealth and support the work of future brain health leaders. Please visit or call Gail Cepak at 972.883.3408.

“There are seven membership levels:

  • Junior Friend ($250 for those under age 40),
  • Companion ($500),
  • Friend ($1,000)
  • Special Friend ($2,500)
  • Esteemed Friend ($5,000)
  • Distinguished Friend ($10,000) and
  • Visionary Friend ($25,000).”

-By Pam Borders and Kay Hammond, 2016 Friends of BrainHealth Membership co-chairs

* Photos provided by Center for BrainHealth

“Beyond ABC” Annual Report Sheds Light On The Good News And Need For Improvement For North Texas Children

Since 1996 Children’s Health and University of Texas at DallasInstitute for Urban Policy Research have published “Beyond ABC.” No, it’s not a book on spelling or grammar. Think of it as a state of the union report “examining the quality of life for children in North Texas.”

This year’s report is entitled “Beyond ABC: Assessing the Well-Being of Children in Dallas county and the North Texas Corridor,” that includes Dallas, Collin, Cooke, Denton, Fannin and Grayson counties.

Beyond ABC*

Beyond ABC*

On the morning of Tuesday, November 17, the report was presented at Communities Foundation of Texas by a panel made up of Institute of Urban Policy Research at UT-Dallas Director Timothy Bray, North Texas Food Bank Chief Philanthropy Officer Colleen Brinkmann, Commit! Director of Early Education Initiatives Jaime Hanks Meyers, The Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence Center Director Anu N. Partap and Children’s Health Pediatric Group President and Medical Director Dr. Ray Tsai.

The findings were in some cases predictable and in others surprising. Here are some of the top facts included:

  1. In 2014, almost half (49.1%) of children in Dallas County public schools grades 3-12 were overweight or obese.
  2. Despite the fact that Dallas ISD has permission to provide free lunches to every student in the district, 27% of Dallas County households are considered food-insecure, well above the national percentage of 14.5.
  3. Only 21% of pediatricians and family practitioners in the six-county region accept all CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) patients.
  4. Almost 30% of Dallas County children (29.8%) live in poverty.
  5. Between 2009 and 2014, the percentage of third-graders who met the standard criteria on the state’s assessment tests fell in each of the six counties. Collin County ranked highest in the region in 2014, with 90.2%; Dallas County ranked lowest in the region, with 70.7%.
  6. Across the six counties, uninsured rates for children have declined over the past five years, due in part to the Affordable Care Act as well as to Medicaid and CHIP.
  7. All six counties have rates lower than the national average of adolescent pregnancies.
  8. Over the past decade, the total number of youths committed to the juvenile justice system fell dramatically in the six counties, from 458 in 2003 to 95 in 2014. The change is weighted heavily by Dallas County’s steep decline in commitments.

The complete 52-page report has been posted in both English and Spanish. Hopefully, the findings will inspire changes for the well being of North Texas children.

*  Graphic courtesy of Children's Health

MySweetCharity Opportunity: Fund A Cure Luncheon

According to Fund A Cure Luncheon Co-Chairs Tricia and Kenn George,

Tricia George (File photo)

Tricia George (File photo)

“Three years ago, our 27-year-old son, Clement George, was completing his four years of active service as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed in Bahrain on a Mine Sweeper when a physician noted his blood sugar was high. Arriving home the day before Christmas, we rushed him to our doctor who diagnosed him with Type 1 Diabetes. How could this be possible?

Marianne and Roger Staubach (File photo)

Marianne and Roger Staubach (File photo)

“We now, along with our entire family, are on this journey with Clement and his dependence on insulin. We have enthusiastically agreed to chair the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s Fund A Cure Luncheon on Thursday, November 5, at Brook Hollow Golf Club. Marianne and Roger Staubach have graciously agreed to serve as honorary co-chairs, and Roger will introduce our speaker, former Alabama National Championship Coach Gene Stallings. In Gene’s family, his granddaughter suffers from Type 1.

“Funds raised at the luncheon will go to finding a cure for this devastating disease. Type 1 diabetes requires constant monitoring and insulin dependence. We have added the tagline ‘Turning Type 1 into type none’ to the name of the event to demonstrate our commitment to eradicating diabetes with the help of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF).

“JDRF is the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, policy influence, and a working plan to better treat, prevent, and eventually cure T1D.


Nobel Prize Winners And Area Leaders Praise Kern Wildenthal At Dedication Of Kern Wildenthal Biomedical Research Building

Despite a bit of rain, Friday, March 20, was a love fest of Nobel Prize winners, state leaders and philanthropists praising Kern Wildenthal. The draw was the dedication of the Kern Wildenthal Biomedical Research Building at UT Southwestern Medical Center. As the rain fell on the tent outside the 12-story, 331,400-square-foot structure, dignitaries, family and friends swelled to SRO.

Kern Wildenthal

Kern Wildenthal

The platitudes for the former UT Southwestern president were simply remarkable about the chap who had achieved greatness as a doctor at a youthful age and rose to leadership of UT Southwestern. During his 22 years he orchestrated a plan for the development of a campus with research and clinical facilities. It was a big picture about which others had been skeptical. Now, some of those naysayers were happily eating their words about the vision of the UT Southwestern graduate.

One of those research programs is the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at UT Southwestern that is a “joint venture established by Children’s Medical Center Dallas and UT Southwestern” focusing on “areas of unmet needs of children and encompassing stem cell biology, cancer and metabolism.”

Daniel and Carol Podolsky and James Huffines

Daniel and Carol Podolsky and James Huffines

In the UT Southwestern history, there have only been three presidents — the late Dr. Charles Sprague, Kern and Dr. Daniel Podolsky. Time and time again speakers — Dr. Joseph Goldstein, Dr. Michael Brown, Dr. Alfred Gilman, former Southwestern Medical Foundation President Bill Solomon, Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson and former University of Texas System Board of Regents Chairman James Huffines — hinted that the southern campus should be named after Sprague and the northern after Kern.

Alfred Gilman

Alfred Gilman

Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein

It was during his tenure as president (1986-2008) that “the institution more than quintupled in size and emerged as one of the world’s leading medical institutions.” Plus UT Southwestern was recognized for its collection of Nobel Prize winners.

Marnie Wildenthal and Cyndi Bassel

Marnie Wildenthal and Cyndi Bassel

But as Kern pointed out after his wife Marnie received a bouquet of yellow roses and they received a mammoth key in a glass case, the past is grand for reflection, “but it is the future that must be the focus.” Tipping his hat to his successor, Kern said that Dan’s plans for the west campus only demonstrated that the future was in good hands.

Bob Miller

Bob Miller

Kay Bailey Hutchison

Kay Bailey Hutchison

Peter O'Donnell

Peter O’Donnell

Ron Steinhart

Ron Steinhart

Following the dedication, the crowd gathered in the lobby of the newly dedicated building for a reception and to check out the Horchow Folk Art Collection. Among those in the crowd were Sara and David Martineau, Ron Steinhart, Lyda and Dan Novakov with Isabella Haggar, Shirley and Bob Miller, Keith Cerny, Don Winspear, Lynne and Roy Sheldon, Jane and Bud Smith, Mary McDermott, and Lyda Hill, who said that her foundation director Nicole Small was keeping Lyda on her toes.

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Kern Wildenthal Biomedical Research Building Dedication

The dedication of the Kern Wildenthal Biomedical Research Building brought together Nobel Prize winners, community leaders and outstanding philanthropists on Friday, May 20.

Alfred Gilman

Alfred Gilman

Peter O'Donnell

Peter O’Donnell

Joseph Goldstein

Joseph Goldstein

As part of the northern campus of UT Southwestern Medical Center, the building is the final piece in the long range plan that Kern Wildenthal created decades ago when he was the second president of the center.

Marnie Wildenthal and Cyndi Bassel

Marnie Wildenthal and Cyndi Bassel

Kay Bailey Hutchison

Kay Bailey Hutchison

While the write up is being prepped, photos of some of the elite types can be found at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.