According to The Moody Foundation Chair/Executive Director Francie Moody-Dahlberg, “For thousands of patients per year, the Moody Breast Health Center will speed up the time between screening, diagnosis and treatment. Faster treatment will help save more lives. The Moody Foundation is proud to help more breast cancer patients become breast cancer survivors.”
While more details of this game-changing development will follow in the days ahead, this generous gift means that Nancy Halbreich’s and Carol Seay‘s spearheading the effort for the Parkland Foundation to secure $40 million for a “breast center providing surgical, medical and radiation oncologists, along with other support services … working together in the same space” has reached the $30M mark. And it’s all thanks to The Moody Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Bartholow, The Boone Family Foundation, The Dallas Foundation, The Eugene McDermott Foundation, Dr. Phil and Laurie Evans, Hoblitzelle Foundation, Marguerite Hoffman, The Horchow Family, Joe M. and Doris R. Dealey Family Foundation, Carolyn and David B. Miller, Parkland Health and Hospital System Auxiliary, Margot and Ross Perot, Mrs. Evelyn P. Rose, Bill and Gay Solomon, The Theodore and Beulah Beasley Foundation Inc., Vin and Caren Prothro Foundation and Jean and Tom Walter.
As Dr. Phil Evans put it, “So many of our patients don’t have anywhere else to go to receive the life-saving care they need. They need to have the opportunity to be screened like other women in the community, to have cancer found early, and to be treated for the best chance of survival. Due to advances in screening and treatment, the death rate from breast cancer has decreased by 40 percent since 1990. We want our patients to have this benefit.”
BTW, some guests were delayed arriving for the announcement due to the reveal of the Southwestern Medical District Urban Streetscape Master Plan that took place at Old Parkland, including a sweet $2.5M gift from philanthropist Lyda Hill with the hope that it would inspire others to contribute.