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Children's Cancer Fund Dr. Karen McClard, president, Board of Directors, CCF; Lisa Cooley, 2016 Gala Event Co-Chair; Roger Staubach, longtime CCF Event Chairman; Giora Barker, 2016 Gala Event Co-Chair; Brittney Bannon, Development Director, CCF

Big changes are ahead this spring for Children’s Cancer Fund’s 28th fundraiser.  On April 22, 2016, the annual luncheon is changing into an evening gala at the Hilton Anatole, featuring cocktail attire with a dinner, auction and program along with musical entertainment by Emerald City and dancing. This event will continue the traditional fashion show presented by Dillard’s and produced by RSC Show Productions, featuring children who are undergoing treatment for cancer at Children's Medical Center Dallas. The children are the “models” for the fashion show and are escorted down the runway by sponsors and celebrity guests including Troy Aikman, Roger Staubach and many more.  Clarice Tinsley and Scott Murray will emcee the event.

The announcement was made at the home of the 2016 CCF Gala Event Co-Chair Lisa Cooley, where she and her husband Clay Cooley hosted a breakfast on November 4 with longtime CCF Event Chairman Roger Staubach. The breakfast featured pediatric cancer research updates by Drs. Stephen Skapek and Patrick Leavey both of Children’s Health and professors of pediatrics, UT Southwestern.  Additionally, Skapek is medical director and Leavey is associate medical director of the Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Each provided information on cancer research and the importance of the work of Children’s Cancer Fund for the future of pediatric oncology patients.  Giora Barker, Gala Event Co-Chair for this year’s Gala also introduced her son Jack Barker, who was diagnosed with T-cell ALL leukemia in 2009, two weeks before his 12th birthday.  Jack is now 18 years old and in his senior year at Jesuit College Prep in Dallas.  Jack gave a heartwarming speech sharing his experience with cancer and how the Children’s Cancer Fund gave him hope at a time when he most needed it.  Funds raised by Children’s Cancer Fund advance research and treatment programs in pediatric oncology and benefit Children’s Medical Center and selected research at UT Southwestern Medical Center, which ultimately benefits children worldwide.

Individual tickets for the spring gala are $300 and tables of 10 are $2,750. More information can be found at http://www.childrenscancerfund.com or by calling (972) 664-1450.

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