Raising Awarness About Cancer

On Thursday I had the honor of  being the mistress of  ceremonies  for the National Minority Cancer Awareness Week Luncheon.

It was a fantastic program that honored four outstanding people for their work to curb cancer and raise the overall health outlook for people of color.


Dr. Lovell Jones is the director for Research on Minority Health at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and in 1986 he approached lawmakers about the idea of designating the third week in April as National Minority Cancer Awareness Week.  

As stated in the Congressional Record,   “While cancer effects men and women of  every age, race, ethnic background and economic class, the disease has a disproportionately severe impact on minorities and the  economically disadvantaged, ”

The honorees included Dr. Martha Hargraves of UTMB, Dr. Jason Mendoza of Baylor College of Medicine, Rebecca Lee, Ph.D, and Norma Olvera, Ph.D.

The guest speaker was  Dr. Renu Khator, who is the Chancellor of  the University of Houston System and the President of  the University of Houston.

Special thanks to Kelly Hodges who organized the fantastic event!

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