Newswise — HOUSTON -- The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will honor business entrepreneur and philanthropist Jim Crane, owner and chairman of the Houston Astros, at A Conversation With a Living Legend®, 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Hilton Americas. The program, to be held in the hotel’s Lanier Ballroom, includes an onstage interview with Crane led by NBC Sports’ Jimmy Roberts. 

Co-chairs Maureen and Jim Hackett are leading this year’s fundraising effort, with contributions totaling almost $1.8 million. Proceeds will support vital cancer research initiatives at MD Anderson.

Major sports figures, including members of the golf community as well as Astros owners, management staff and players, are lending their support, including:

  • Honorary Chair:

Butch Harmon

  • Eagles for Jim Committee:

Ben Crenshaw, Jim McLean, Scott Munroe, Jim Nantz, Bill Rogers and Hal Sutton

  • Hometown Champs Committee:

Elizabeth and Greg Allen, Nina and José Altuve, Rebecca Selbo and Joe Biagini, Regan Howard and Alex Bregman, Brenda and Alex Cintron, Liz and Michael Collins, Pamela and Joe Espada, Janet Gurwitch and Ron Franklin, Caroline and Will Harris, Erin and AJ Hinch, Carrie and Don Kelly, Gina and Jeff Luhnow, Kara and Lance McCullers, Danielle and Joshua Miller, Cynthia and Anthony Petrello, Peggy and Gary Pettis, Kat Rogers and Ryan Pressly, Jett and Josh Reddick, Allie LaForce and Joe Smith, Troy Snitker, Charlise and George Springer, Carrie and Brent Strom, and Sheridan and John Eddie Williams

A Conversation With a Living Legend®, a signature MD Anderson fundraiser, has raised more than $44.4 million through events in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio, Las Vegas, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.


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About MD Anderson The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston ranks as one of the world's most respected centers focused on cancer patient care, research, education and prevention. The institution’s sole mission is to end cancer for patients and their families around the world. MD Anderson is one of only 50 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). MD Anderson is ranked No.1 for cancer care in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” survey. It has ranked as one of the nation’s top two hospitals for cancer care since the survey began in 1990, and has ranked first 15 times in the last 18 years. MD Anderson receives a cancer center support grant from the NCI of the National Institutes of Health (P30 CA016672).