MD Anderson Gets Warm Welcome From State Officials in Austin

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By Will Fitzgerald, MD Anderson staff writer

It was a big day for MD Anderson at Thursday's legislative session in Austin. To mark the institution's 70th anniversary, two members of the Texas Legislature presented a resolution recognizing MD Anderson for its remarkable achievements in cancer care that span seven decades.

Sen. Rodney Ellis and Rep. Sarah Davis, both of Houston, introduced the resolution that was well received in both chambers. On the Senate floor, nine members delivered remarks about the significant pride they feel in having such an institution based in the State of Texas.

Sen. Troy Fraser, whose district is in the Texas hill country, called MD Anderson a "Texas treasure" and spoke of the Children's Cancer Hospital's rehabilitation ski trip to Utah, which he has attended and supports every year.Additionally, Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst said he thought the number of senators speaking on the resolution was a record.

An MD Anderson delegation including John Mendelsohn, M.D., president; his wife Anne; Raymond DuBois, M.D., Ph.D., provost and executive vice president; Thomas Burke, M.D., executive vice president and physician-in-chief; Leon Leach, executive vice president and chief business officer; and Adrienne Lang, vice president for center programs, joined lawmakers and other officials to receive the resolution.

After all was said and done, it's clear that the role MD Anderson plays not only in Texas, but in patients' lives around the world, is something very special. A common theme throughout the day was the strong pride that should be felt by physicians, patients, volunteers, donors and all those affiliated with the institution.

It's incredible to think what the past 70 years have brought and even more incredible to think about what lies ahead.

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