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On January 6 and 7, Houston Tri Delta alumnae presented the SALE, a two-day charity shopping extravaganza benefiting Texas Children’s Cancer Center. Co-chairs Dee Dee Robinson and Laura Williams, along with more than 70 volunteers, executed a stunning fashion and philanthropic victory drawing over 1,000 shoppers to the Bayou City Event Center to dig into deeply discounted designer threads, handbags, fine jewelry, menswear, antiques and home furnishings.

Proceeds from ticket sales, underwriting and donations amounted to $220,000 — an all-time high for the event. Including this year’s expected revenue, the SALE has provided over $700,000 to support pediatric cancer research in the Texas Medical Center since its founding four years ago.

Emcee Melissa Wilson of FOX 26 News shared her own personal connection to the cause, highlighting her son’s successful treatment for leukemia at Texas Children’s Cancer Center, and introduced Drs. Susan Blaney and Wendy Allen-Rhoades, who discussed why private philanthropy is so important in funding research.

Houston Marathon

Participants run for Texas Children’s in the Houston Marathon

Texas Children’s Hospital helped push almost 40 runners across the finish line of the Houston Marathon and Half Marathon on January 14 in downtown Houston. The Texas Children’s Running Team — Texas Children’s employees, patient family members and others who have been touched by the organization — raised close to $30,000 for the hospital.

David’s Dream Run

U.S. Congressman Kevin P. Brady, Carol Ann Demaret (David Vetter’s mother) and Dr. Jordan S. Orange

In 2017, the David Dream Run celebrated its 25th anniversary in honor of the life and legacy of David Vetter, known to the world as the “Bubble Boy.” David was treated at Texas Children’s in the 1970s for a rare condition called severe combined immunodeficiency disorder (SCID).

Held in David’s hometown of Shenandoah, Texas, the David Dream Run was created by the David Elementary School PTO and has raised approximately $450,000 to support the David Center at Texas Children’s Hospital and to create the David Clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands. The committee presented Drs. Jordan Orange and Javier Chinen with a check for $30,000 to support the mission of Texas Children’s and the care that children with immunodeficiencies receive.

Spirit Halloween Annual Party

Texas Children’s staff help patients do fun Halloween art activities during the Spirit Halloween Annual Party

Local Spirit Halloween stores held their annual Halloween party for patients at Texas Children’s last October. The party included face painting, pumpkin decorating and special appearances by Batman and Star Wars characters. Patients were given new costumes donated by Spirit Halloween stores and handed out by Spirit staff. Following the party, the stores collected contributions to support Texas Children’s Child Life Department and presented a check for $220,051 to the team in January.

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