CTRC benefits from Book & Author Luncheon
Nearly 1,100 people — the largest group ever — attended the San Antonio Express News Book & Author Luncheon benefiting the Institute for Drug Development (IDD). IDD is the Phase I Clinical Research program of the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC), part of the UT Health Science Center San Antonio.
Preliminary figures show that the gross amount raised at this year’s luncheon was $298,884, which includes $40,075 from the sale of books — $6,400 more than the book sale at last year’s event.
Featured authors this year were world-renowned A. Scott Berg, former U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Scott Anderson, Jamie Deen, Bob Staake and Kathleen Kent.
Also among those attending the luncheon were legendary University of Texas football coach Fred Akers and his son, Dan Akers, who are both cancer survivors. The two men and their families were featured in an upbeat Health Science Center-produced video telling the stories of how Fred Akers overcame prostate cancer and his son beat renal cell carcinoma with the help of CTRC physicians and researchers.
CTRC is one of only four National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers in Texas.