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Kid Cancer Patients and Generous Houstonians Spotlighted in Texas Children’s Salute to Champions

A Catwalk Like No Other

BY // 10.04.22

What: Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center 13th annual Salute to Champions

Where: River Oaks Country Club

PC Moment: Since their founding of this special fundraiser Scott Bassinger, Elsie Eckert, Sidney Faust and Judi McGee have chaired the luncheon that celebrates childhood cancer patients and survivors and spotlights leaders in the philanthropic community. More than 300 guests generously applauded as the youngsters, fashionably dressed by Dillard’s, and adults swanning in fashions from Saks Fifth Avenue strode the catwalk. The outfits for the youngsters were graciously underwritten by the Sidney and (the late) Don Faust and Cora Sue and Harry Mach families.

Champions escorting the young patients were Ginger Blanton, Twila Carter, Valerie and Tracy Dieterich, Kisha and Jason Itkin, Marla and Matthew Hurley, Myrtle Jones, Dr. Kelly Larkin and Fernando Parra, Duyen and Marc Nguyen, Henry Richardson and Monsour Taghdisi, Gina and Saib Saour, Texas Children’s Hospital pathologist in chief Dr. James Versalovic, Texas Children’s chief nursing officer Jackie Ward, and Laura and Jason Williams.

Another longtime supporter of the event Sybil Roos was recognized as an honorary champion.

Community Champions, Henry Richardson & Monsour Taghdisi with Patient Champion, Gabriella
Community Champions Monsour Taghdisi  & Henry Richardson with Patient Champion Gabriella (Photo Courtesy of Texas Children’s Hospital)

The event raised close to $250,000 for the Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center at Texas Children’s Hospital, one of the largest pediatric cancer and hematology centers in the United States. U.S. News and World Report ranks it among the nation’s very best pediatric cancer programs.

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