Presented by the Bon Secours Cancer Institute
Enjoy a night of great food, dancing to live music with Casper, Silent Auctions, The Celebration of Life Dance Team, and more dancing!
The sixth annual dance to raise funds for Breast Cancer awareness, education, and research, in our community.
The Avon Walk Charlotte presents a unique atmosphere where big city style meets down-home appeal. With a Southern ambiance all its own, the Queen City’s broad, tree-lined streets and majestic homes provide a beautiful scenic backdrop for the Walk.
Charlotte has been named one of the “Top 20 Walking Cities” in the nation, joining the list at number four by Prevention Magazine. The landscape of Charlotte is ever-changing. What better way to see it than by helping others in the fight against breast cancer.
The walk is up to 26.2 miles on Saturday ...
The 2011 Komen Austin Race for the Cure® will be held Sunday, November 13 in downtown Austin. All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable, even in the event of inclement weather. The Race is a 5k (3.1 miles), we also offer a 1 mile family walk.
Your Registration Fee and Fundraising. . . What’s the Difference?
When you register for the Susan G. Komen Austin Race for the Cure® your registration fee mainly covers the Austin Affiliate’s operating cost of putting on the Race. Donations are essential for making an impact by providing care for ...
A vibrant international city, cultural diversity, picturesque parks and a leading medical community making cancer history-all provide obvious and persuasive reasons why we'll walk in the great city of Houston. You'll walk amidst glorious oak trees, funky antique and craft shops, designer boutiques and pictorial greenbelts while witnessing Houston's skyline, which showcases some of the best modern architecture around. This event takes place on a beautiful spring weekend - April 21-22, 2012.
The walk is up to 26.2 miles on Saturday, and 13.1 miles on Sunday-all so that women and men can get the medical care ...
As the sun rose on Saturday of our walk weekend, the iconic beauty of the Washington, DC monuments was the incredible backdrop during our Opening Ceremony on the Washington Monument Grounds. Walkers took their first steps onto our walk route and through some of the best highlights of Washington, DC! With majestic views stretching from the US Capitol building to the Lincoln Memorial, the route consisted of mostly sidewalks and shade-covered streets and was a true walking tour of the city. Their journey was extraordinary!
After having a taste of “all the best” in Washington, DC on Saturday, Walkers reached ...
Known as America’s Walking City, the walk through Boston took Walkers through some of the city’s newest, and oldest, highlights. From historic neighborhoods of Beacon Hill and Back Bay, to our newest urban planning initiative, the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Walkers had a feel for how our historic city has evolved into a modern metropolis.
On Saturday Walkers begun their journey by travelling along the Harborwalk. They traveled by Boston Garden, home of the Boston Celtics and Bruins, with views of the Cambridge skyline in the distance. After going through one of America’s oldest parks – the Boston Common ...
As the sun rose on Saturday of the walk weekend, the beauty of our downtown skyline and the Chicago Lakefront served as the incredible backdrop during our Opening Ceremony at Soldier Field.
Walker’s first steps onto our walk route took them through some of the many highlights of Chicago! The route consisted mostly of sidewalks and city streets and was a true walking tour of the city. From the beautiful Museum Campus, to the ever-popular Michigan Avenue, through the Lincoln Park neighborhood and even by the historic Wrigley Field, their journey was extraordinary!
Lester H. Smith, a two-time National Latin Dance Champion, is one of Houston’s most colorful and respected philanthropists. But the second-generation Texas oilman is also known for his decade’s long battles with cancer – and his ability to beat the odds time and time again. He reveals his passion for life, his resilience and courage, and an intensely generous spirit in the pages of his first book, You Gotta Dance Like No One’s Watching (Bright Sky Press, with Trish Morille).
A native of Wharton, Texas, Smith battled bladder cancer for nearly two decades while building a successful energy business and training as a competitive dancer. But it was a diagnosis of aggressive prostate cancer that nearly ended his life. In true “Lester style”, he committed himself to a full recovery and pledged to do whatever he could to help others struggling with cancer. Just weeks after successful surgery, Lester and his wife Sue were back on the dance floor; eight months later, the dynamic couple won their first of two prestigious titles - the United States Grand Senior Latin Dance Championship.
Smith’s battles with cancer – and his fierceness in overcoming them – prompted him to turn his own personal battle with cancer into a very public campaign to raise awareness of the disease, encourage early detection and fund critical cancer research at the Texas Medical Center.
The Smiths have supported many philanthropic causes in medical research and patient care. They are the third largest donors to Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas where their significant gifts established The Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center and The Lester and Sue Smith Urology Clinic, named in their honor. They have also endowed three chairs at the College for Urologic Education, Research and Reproductive Medicine, and a chair in pediatric urology at Texas Children’s Hospital. Lester has also been a major donor to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Texas Children’s Cancer Center, and The University of Texas Health Science Center where The Lester Smith Cardiovascular Training Center is located. He is a frequent national speaker and contributor on cancer survivorship and has served as a peer counselor for hundreds of prostate and bladder cancer patients and their families.
In addition to his work with Baylor College of Medicine, Smith is a Trustee of the Houston Museum of Natural Science, where he provided extensive funding to advance science education and bring diverse exhibitions including Body Worlds 3: The Anatomical Exhibition of Real Human Bodies. His fascination with gems and minerals led to the creation of the Lester and Sue Smith Gem Vault, featuring the most extraordinary cut and polished jewels ever displayed in a single permanent exhibition. At the Holocaust Museum Houston, the Smiths established the Smith Distinguished Lecture Series, a series of free public lectures presented throughout the year by world-renowned speakers.
In February 2011, Lester and Sue Smith chaired An Evening with Legend Robert Duvall, a benefit for Texas Children’s Cancer Center. The Smiths pledged a dollar-for-dollar match for the event, and raised $9.1 million dollars – a new record for the institution.
Concerned with the plight of those without access to timely, quality medical care, in April 2011 Lester and Sue Smith provided a $15 million grant – the largest private gift in Harris County Hospital District history – to establish the Smith Clinic, an ambulatory care center designed exclusively for outpatients. Scheduled to open in late 2012, the five-story building will include the Smith Breast Center, Smith Infusion Therapy Clinic, Smith Diagnostic Imaging Department and Smith Oncology Clinic.
In June 2011, The Lester and Sue Smith Foundation announced the launch of the Lester Smith Pink Well Challenge, a year-long fundraising effort offering $1 million in matching grants to organizations engaged in breast cancer research, prevention, treatment and patient support throughout the U.S. Symbolized by an active pink pump jack in the heart of West Texas, Smith is using proceeds from his energy industry successes to “pay it forward” in supporting breast cancer research and patient care.
Numerous Houston organizations have honored the Smiths for their immense philanthropic spirit including the Assistance League, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston Children’s Charity, American Heart Association and Holocaust Museum Houston. In 2006, the couple accepted the National Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Excellence in Fundraising Award, and named Outstanding Volunteer Fundraisers.
In addition to serving as a Trustee of Baylor College of Medicine, Lester Smith is a member of the Board of Directors of The Holocaust Museum Houston, Board of Visitors at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, and a member of the Board of Directors of the National Prostate Cancer Foundation. He is a Trustee and Past Chairman of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The Lester and Sue Smith Foundation supports numerous non-profit organizations dedicated to medical science, education, arts and humanitarian causes.