M.D. Anderson’s Aspen Takeover Brings Tibetan Yoga to the Mountain Fun
Prominent Houston Doctors Spread Their Knowledge WestBY Shelby Hodge // 07.24.19
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center patrons party on the banks of the Roaring Fork River at a party hosted by Barbara and Gerald Hines. (Photo by Riccardo Savi)
Dr. Katherine Pisters, Dr. Peter Pisters, Barbara Hines (Photo by Riccardo Savi)
Evan & Kimberly Schelee (Photo by Riccardo Savi)
Martha & Nicholas DiMeglio, Regina Rogers (Photo by Riccardo Savi)
Erika de la Garza, Dr. Alejandro Chaoul (Photo by Riccardo Savi)
Richard Skinner & Dr. Katy Rezvani (Photo by Riccardo Savi)
Kathy & John Orton, Kim Craig, Bill King (Photo by Riccardo Savi)
Marsha & Judge John H. Shields (Photo by Riccardo Savi)
George Lancaster, Kimberly & Brad Schlosser (Photo by Riccardo Savi)
JoLynn & Gregg Falgout (Photo by Riccardo Savi)
Denise Monteleone, Ellie Francisco, Lesha Elsenbrook, Bobbie Nau (Photo by Riccardo Savi)
Dick Hansen, Joan Budd, Judy Ley Allen, Tom Elsenbrook (Photo by Riccardo Savi)
Jeff & Ann Dykes (Photo by Riccardo Savi)
George Farish, Dr. Alyssa Rieber (Photo by Riccardo Savi)
Eddie Raine, Sis Johnson (Photo by Riccardo Savi)
Jim Adler, Evan Weinberger (Photo by Riccardo Savi)
What: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center splashdown in Aspen
Where: Aspen, Colorado
PC Moment: There were several splashdown moments actually as M.D. Anderson representatives, physicians and researchers offered insights to the cancer center’s research and treatments across two days of activities. The visit marked the 21st annual “Making Cancer History” seminar, held in Paepcke auditorium at Aspen Meadows Resort.
Seminar presenters included Alejandro Chaoul, PhD., assistant professor of integrative medicine; Dr. Katy Rezvani, Ph.D., professor of stem cell transplantation; and Dr. Alyssa Rieber, chair of general medical oncology, who not only made presentations but joined in a a question and answer session with the audience. Board of Visitors member Robert Nichols of Dallas served as emcee of the educational session which featured a testimonial from Ron Garfield of Aspen, a B-cell lymphoma survivor who was treated at M.D. Anderson.
Another interesting element of the event was the Tibetan yoga session, conducted by Chaoul, who is renowned for his beliefs that “meditation is the medicine of the mind.”
Highlight for many was the annual al fresco reception hosed by Barbara and Gerald Hines at their Aspen home, tucked on the banks of the Roaring Fork River. Some 175 M.D. Anderson supporters gathered for the cocktail buffet that was themed around France’s Bastille Day, decor complete with an Eiffel Tower replica. In addition to the seminar presenters, M.D. Anderson president Dr. Peter WT Pisters and his wife, Dr. Katherine Pisters, shared in the cancer center experience.
There was socializing fun and fundraising on this evening. Widely recognized as a talented artist, Barbara Hines contributed six of her silkscreen and acrylic on canvas works for a silent auction, which raised $19,500 that is dedicated to cancer research and patient care at M.D. Anderson.
PC Seen: Judy Ley Allen, Denise Monteleone, Bill King, JoLynn and Gregg Falgout, Regina Rogers, Kathy and John Orton, Bobbie Nau, Kimberly and Brad Schlosser, Ellie Francisco, Lesha and Tom Elsenbrook, George Farish, Kimberly and Evan Schelee, Susan and Dick Hansen, Richard Skinner, Erika de la Garza, Jim Adler, Ann and Jeff Dykes, and Sis Johnson.