An Enduring Partnership

TBW (formerly BPW/TX) recognized the need for a state cancer hospital and research center and was instrumental in urging Texas lawmakers to appropriate the funds to establish The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in 1941.

Support for MD Anderson continued in 1949 when TBW urged the State Legislature to provide funding for atomic energy radiological facilities at MD Anderson’s permanent site in the Texas Medical Center. To recognize her organization’s dedication, past president Dora Davis was invited to participate in the hospital’s groundbreaking ceremonies.

More than 70 years later, the partnership between TBW and MD Anderson Cancer Center endures through our support of research programs and other initiatives that inspire new hope for cancer patients and their families.

Last Friday, the TBW Executive Committee, MDA Committee Chair Debra Lamb, and Houston LO President Kameka Rideaux were on hand to receive updates on previous funded projects, hear proposals for current projects, and present The Texas Business Women’s Award.

The purpose of the award is threefold:

  • to recognize scientists who have achieved significant achievements in cancer treatment and research,
  • to foster professional development in the field on oncology,
  • and to encourage further advancements in cancer treatment and research.

This year, we presented the award to Linda S. Elting, Dr.P.H., Professor and Chief of Health Services in the Department of BioStatistics.

During more than three decades at MD Anderson, Dr. Elting has conducted research on the barriers that stand between patients and the best treatments. Over time, these barriers have evolved from clinical to structural, organizational and economic. Her research agenda has paralleled this evolution, and her work has included studies in all these areas. Her work on the outcomes of infections, thrombocytopenia, hemorrhage, thrombosis, and mucositis in nationally and internationally recognized.

The future of cancer care relies on the accomplishments of talented, determined scientists like Dr. Elting, and the promising researchers they help to nurture. TBW is proud to support their efforts, and with MD Anderson, look forward to a time when all cancers are truly “made history.”