Foundation Donations Fund Research Projects, Scholarships at M. D. Anderson

The Texas Business and Professional Women’s Foundation, Inc. has announced donations toward funding three research projects at the M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and Hospital in Houston.

The research projects are:

  • The Role of CXCR4 in Active Lymphoblastic Leukemia, led by Anna Franklin, M. D., Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics – Patient Care;
  • Attitudes About Childbearing and Fertility in Women Seeking Genetic Testing for Inherited Breast and Ovarian Cancer Syndrome (HBOC), led by Jennifer Litton, M. D., Assistant Professor, Department of Breast Medical Oncology; and
  • New Use for an Old Age Drug: Evaluation of Molecular Effects of Metformin on the Endometrium of Women with Newly Diagnosed Endometrial Cancer, led by Pamela Soliman, M. D., M. P. H., Assistant Professor, Department of Gynecologic Oncology.


In addition the Foundation has donated funds for two scholarships and one endowed scholarship to the Applied Health Science Department at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and Hospital.

Beth Johnson, 2009-2010 Texas Business Women’s President, stated, “Our organization has had a 70 year partnership with M.D. Anderson.  We were involved in lobbying the legislature for a cancer hospital in Texas and our state president at that time turned the first spade of dirt.  Today, the funds that we give to the projects serve as seed money for the doctors to continue their research and hopefully turn these dollars into millions of dollars toward a cure for cancer.  We are honored that we can help make a difference.”

Texas Business Women, Inc. members participated in numerous activities, including holding silent auctions, selling raffle tickets and making personal monetary contributions, throughout the past year toward raising funds for the donations.   In addition, proceeds were raised through the auction of a DVD recording of a speaking engagement by Hermine Tobolowsky, – hailed as the mother of the Equal Legal Rights Amendment in Texas – one of the notable leaders in TBW’s predecessor organization, the Texas Federation of Business and Professional Women, Inc.

Comments are closed.