Newswise — HOUSTON ― The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center celebrates its sixth annual Boot Walk to End Cancer® on Saturday, Nov. 6. Due to ongoing COVID-19 precautions, the 1.2-mile walk will be held virtually to keep participants, their families and their communities safe. Participants are encouraged to walk a personalized route in their own neighborhoods, whether it be on a trail, track or sidewalk. Registration is open at mdanderson.org/bootwalk.
“The enthusiasm and passion of our Boot Walk to End Cancer community is unparalleled,” said Peter WT Pisters, M.D., president of MD Anderson. “Our incredible teams and sponsors continue to fuel our mission through their commitment to raise awareness and funds for MD Anderson’s life-saving research and patient programs. We couldn’t be more grateful for the collective push to give cancer the boot.”
Since 2016, more than 26,500 people have participated in the Boot Walk, raising nearly $7.5 million to support innovative cancer research, prevention, education and patient care programs at MD Anderson, including the Volunteer Endowment for Patient Support (VEPS) program, the Inflammatory Breast Cancer Research Program, the Pancreatic Cancer Moon Shot®, Radiation Oncology, and the Advanced Breast Cancer Clinic, among others. LyondellBasell is proud to serve as the Boot Walk’s presenting sponsor for the fifth year.
“As someone who has been personally impacted by cancer, the Boot Walk to End Cancer serves as a reminder to patients, survivors and their families that we are with you, supporting the research and treatments needed to eliminate cancer,” said Torkel Rhenman, executive vice president, Intermediates and Derivatives and Refining for LyondellBasell. “LyondellBasell’s global team is grateful for the advancements in medical treatments and early detection that are improving the outlook for cancer patients. We sincerely believe that a future without cancer is possible.”
Give cancer the boot, online and in your neighborhood
On Nov. 6, participants are encouraged to pull on their boots – no matter what kind! – and gather with their household in preparation for the Boot Walk. A virtual opening ceremony will go live at 9 a.m. CST, uniting Boot Walk participants across the country to begin the day. The opening ceremony will feature special guests including George Lindsey, Morning Show co-host on 100.3 The Bull and Boot Walk co-chair; Deanna Lindsey, George’s wife and Boot Walk co-chair; Peter WT Pisters, M.D.; the Champion Sisters, a.k.a. Molly Bobrow, Brenda Pattillo and Sandra Torres; and more.
“We are excited to connect virtually with cancer survivors and supporters from across the nation,” said George Lindsey, who has participated in the Boot Walk since the start. “As a caregiver and someone who has lost loved ones to this devastating disease, it is inspiring to see so many dedicated to MD Anderson’s mission to end cancer, once and for all.”
After the opening ceremony, participants will set off on their own, personally-charted 1.2-mile routes. Walkers can stay connected with family, friends and cancer survivors across the nation by sharing their Boot Walk experiences online and on social media with #EndCancer.
There is no registration fee. Participants are encouraged to fundraise with no minimum fundraising requirement.
The Boot Walk is for people of all ages and abilities. Whether walking or fundraising individually or as a team, every step counts. For more information about the Boot Walk and pre-event activities, please visit mdanderson.org/bootwalk.
Boot Walk Sponsors
Thanks to the generosity of MD Anderson’s Boot Walk sponsors, 100% of funds raised directly support MD Anderson’s mission to end cancer in Texas, across the nation and around the world. Special thanks to:
Presenting Sponsor: LyondellBasell
- Cavender’s – Western Wear & Cowboy Boots
- The Houston Dynamo Football Club
- 3 The Bull
- Clear Channel
- Community Impact
- Houston Community Newspapers
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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 51 comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). MD Anderson is No. 1 for cancer in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals” rankings and has been named one of the nation’s top two hospitals for cancer since the rankings started in 1990. MD Anderson receives a cancer center support grant from the NCI of the National Institutes of Health (P30 CA016672).
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