Baylor University Medical Center At Dallas And Baylor Health Care System Foundation Are Breaking Great News For Women

There’s a whole lot of celebrating going on over at Baylor University Medical Center (BMUC) at Dallas and Baylor Health Care System Foundation.

First, the national media reported this morning that BUMC Dr. Giuliano Testa had surgically transplanted four uteruses in women who want to have children but had been born without a uterus. It was just a year ago that Giuliano told the Baylor Foundation Board about this revolutionary surgery that could change the lives of more than 13,000 women in the U.S. who are born without a uterus. So far, one of the four Baylor transplants is continuing to be successful and more transplants are scheduled to take place before the end of the year.

Giuliano Testa (File photo)

Giuliano Testa (File photo)

Rita Wilson*

Rita Wilson*

Second, the Baylor Foundation’s 2016 Celebrating Women Luncheon on Thursday, October 20, at the Hilton Anatole featuring Rita Wilson is sold out!

Joining Presenting Sponsor Tom Thumb are the following sponsors:

  • Monarch Butterfly — Al G. Hill Jr.
  • Texas Swallowtail Butterfly — Lyda Hill, The David B. Miller Family Foundation and Aileen and Jack Pratt Foundation
  • American Lady Butterfly — Lana and Barry Andrews, Anonymous, Nancy Carter, Margo and Bill Goodwin, Karen Faulkner Key, Lock Lord LLP, Gloria Eulich Martindale, Ellen and John McStay and U.S. Trust
  • Patron Party — Comerica Bank
  • VIP Reception — PlainsCapital Bank
  • Valet — Sewell Automotive Companies
  • Luncheon Centerpieces — Sammons Enterprises Inc.
  • Luncheon Invitations — Sidley Austin LLP
  • Luncheon Programs — Allie Beth Allman
  • Luncheon Videos — Jacqueline Fojtasek

But remember — a nice donation might just get you past that “sold-out” situation.

* Photo provided by Baylor Health Care System Foundation

Callier Cares Luncheon Honors Stuart Bumpas And Reveals Results From Research And Development For The Hearing Impaired

Brook Hollow was jammed on Tuesday, April 19, for the Callier Center’s Callier Cares. In the Oak Room, where the VIP reception was being held, a lucky few were telling tales of the Sweetheart Ball chaired by Perot sisters Nancy Perot, Suzanne McGee, Carolyn Rathjen and Katherine Reeves the previous Saturday at Brook Hollow. It was one of those nights when the younger members headed home early perhaps to relieve babysitters. But the older set like Ross Perot took the mic while Roger Horchow donned a top hat and tickled the ivories in the Oak Room. Just in case, Margot Perot had songbooks printed for the sing-a-long. There was even a rumor that a cigar was seen being lit up.

Stuart Bumpas

Stuart Bumpas

But back to the luncheon’s VIP reception. Looking around the room, it was pretty much even-steven gals vs. guys thanks to honoree Stuart Bumpas and Honorary Co-Chairs Michal and Lloyd Powell.

Eventually the crowd including Mike McCullough, Libby Hunt, Beth Thoele, Di Johnston, Kevin Kadesky, Tricia George, Kristina Whitcomb, Hobson Wildenthal, Lisa Cooley, Debbie Oates, Shelle Sills, Ann Dyer, Don Glendenning, Robyn Conlon, Jill Rowlett, Tiffany Divis, Christie Carter, Louise Griffeth, Kern Wildenthal, Lisa Longino, Barbara Stuart and Stuart’s wife Diane Bumpas and son Joe Bumpas heard the chimes and made their way to the ballroom. Now to get them in their chairs? That was a challenge. One person suggested starting a prayer and another recommended drafting Melissa Macatee do her call-to-order whistle. Luckily, neither was necessary as the guests took their seats.

Tricia George, Di Johnston and Kristina Whitcomb

Tricia George, Di Johnston and Kristina Whitcomb

With Callier Center Executive Director Tom Campbell serving as emcee and videos briefly and beautifully showcasing Callier’s services and accomplishments, the rest of the luncheon continued hitting home runs.

Kevin and Angie Kadesky

Kevin and Angie Kadesky

This luncheon was a very personal one, as was proven by Luncheon Chair/mother of six Angie Kadesky. With her daughter Erin Kadesky at her side, Angie told how Callier had been instrumental in Erin’s adapting and overcoming the challenges of hearing loss. The results have been Erin’s flourishing in school.

And then there was Mandy and Jaime Palmer, whose infant son Howard Palmer was diagnosed with hearing loss. A video proved the success of Howard’s cochlear implants showing the moment when toddler Howard heard sound for the first time.

Stuart Bumpas, Ken and Ruth Altshuler and Tom Campbell

Stuart Bumpas, Ken and Ruth Altshuler and Tom Campbell

To back up the testimonials, Ruth Altshuler took the podium to present Stuart with the Ruth and Ken Altshuler Callier Care Award. She admitted that she had risen from her sick bed to celebrate honoree Stuart Bumpas, who had once been the kid next door. Thanks to Ruth’s off-the-cuff remarks, everyone felt as if they had lived next door to Stuart and bought Cutco products from him when the Locke Lord attorney was a 13-year-old.

Stuart in accepting the award tapped the knowledge and experiences of the late actor Lon Chaney, whose parents were deaf, and Academy Award winning/hearing impaired Marlee Matlin. Ever gracious, he thanked everyone associate with Callier.

Bailey Turfitt

Bailey Turfitt

The final testimonial was presented by a Callier hero, Bailey Turfitt, who told how her loss of hearing hadn’t held her back from her love of music. The Highland Park graduate recalled how she had played the clarinet and flute, earning awards and graduating with honors and being inducted as a National Merit Scholar.

Following Bailey, Foundation of Callier Center President John Stuart proved a charming and talented closer. He applauded the Callier staff for their support, especially after he initially pointed folks in the wrong direction to pick up their cars. With humor, he corrected the error. But before dispatching guests, he revealed that Emilynn Wilson would chair the 2017 luncheon at the Dallas Country Club.

Baylor Health Care System Foundation Board Members Learn That Uterine Transplants Are Possible

On Wednesday, September 16, it was a coming together of the old guard and the newbies for the Baylor Health Care System Foundation Board at the Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center. After an orientation of the new kids-on-the-block, all convened for lunch and a discussion of the topic of the day.

After Patient Navigator Stacey Webb gave the invocation, she recalled a touching and recent encounter with a family seeking help for a family member battling cancer. That’s what the Baylor navigators do. They help those families who are “navigating” through the journey of battling cancer.

Stacey Webb

Stacey Webb

Giuliano Testa

Giuliano Testa

Just as Baylor Health Care System Foundation Director of Development Susan McSherry told of the opportunities that lay ahead for the board, Dr. Giuliano Testa took his place. The Italian transplant specialist charmed his way into explaining a breathtaking project to guests including Baylor Health Care System and Baylor Scott & White Health CEO Joel Allison, Jill Smith, Trisha Wilson, Linda Custard, Nancy Dedman, Pierce Allman, Aileen Pratt, Steve Lieberman, Nancy Carter, Barbara Cockerell, Shannon Skokos, Lindalyn Adams, Mike Maguire, Peggy and Leonard Riggs and Tavia Hunt.

Robin Robinson and Trisha Wilson

Robin Robinson and Trisha Wilson

Brenda Cockerell and Nancy Carter

Brenda Cockerell and Nancy Carter

Peggy Riggs

Peggy Riggs

Leonard Riggs

Leonard Riggs

Linda Custard and Nancy Dedman

Linda Custard and Nancy Dedman

While some may have initially felt a bit uneasy over the subject, they soon realized the importance and the need of the uterine transplants that are now only being done in Sweden.

However, the numbers presented by Giuliano brought the significance, hopes and challenges facing Baylor to allow women denied by acts of birth or disease to give birth to their own children. Of the 247,500 women who are without uteruses, there are currently

  • 13,500 women in U.S. born without a uterus
  • 4,000 women who lose their uterus due to complication post-delivery and
  • 230,000 women ages 15-54 undergoing a hysterectomy each year

But before this revolutionary transplant program can be undertaken, funding to the tune of $5M is necessary, making Baylor the first in this country to provide such a service. Baylor is already providing transplant services for kidneys, liver, lungs, heart and pancreases.

Patti Niles, Colin Koon and Mike Putman

Patti Niles, Colin Koon and Mike Putman

Then Baylor Health Care System Foundation President Robin Robinson moderated a panel discussion including gynecologic oncologist Dr. Colin Koon, fertility specialist Dr. Mike Putman, and Southwest Transplant Alliance President/CEO Patti Niles. They discussed how such a transplant would take place thanks to their teamwork. Following the formal discussion, Robin asked Patti to share a personal story about how such a development would have changed her life. She told how ironically she was one of those women who had wanted to give birth to own child, but was unable. While not regretting having adopted her daughter, she still admitted that if such an opportunity had existed, she would have embraced it wholeheartedly.

When asked about the ethics of having a uterine transplant, Giuliano summed up that it had been heavily looked into. It would provide the opportunity for life to take place without damaging others.

“Survivor”‘s Jeff Probst Will Be On Hand For Taylor’s Gift

When it comes to TV shows, the ultimate survivor is Jeff Probst, host of CBS’s “Survivor.” No matter how gut-wrenching the challenges or the final decision, he still manages to be cool, calm and charming. He’s going to bring all those C’s to Trinity Groves on Thursday, November 5, for the Taylor’s Gift Foundation’sOutlive Yourself Awards.”

According to newly appointed Taylor’s Gift Executive Director Emily Allbright, “”This will be an annual event where we will honor those who are truly outliving themselves.”

Oops, what’s that? What’s Taylor’s Gift? Great question. Here’s the answer: During spring break in March 2010, adorable Coppell 13-year-old Taylor Storch and her family were holidaying in Colorado. There was “a tragic skiing accident” that resulted in Taylor’s being “brain dead.” Despite the horror and trauma of her situation, Taylor’s folks, Tara and Todd Storch decided that despite the fact that Taylor would not survive, she would live on by providing others with her organs.

  • Taylor’s heart is beating inside a 39-year-old mother of two in Arizona,
  • A 49-year-old husband/father in Colorado is alive thanks to Taylor’s pancreas and one kidney,
  • Taylor’s other kidney went to another man in Colorado;
  • Two others received her corneas and liver.

The Storches realized that despite their loss, they could “honor Taylor’s many talents and gifts, and especially her ultimate gift: life for others.”

If you can’t manage to attend the fundraiser, then you could consider becoming an organ donor. It’s free and it’s life changing. Someone somewhere is hoping that you’ll sign up.