Boon family celebrates milestone in support of cancer research at Baylor Scott & White Health
For nearly two decades , the Boon family of Ennis has been dedicated to the fight against cancer . When they teed up for their 19th annual Cancer Benefit Golf Tournament in September , it was another opportunity to honor the memory of the late E . K . Boon and transform their grief into a quest of hope for so many . In all , this tournament has raised more than $ 1 million in support of cancer research at Baylor Scott & White Health .
“ We believe in a cure for cancer ,” said Marilyn Boon Lindsteadt , E . K .’ s sister . “ E . K . believed in it , too .”
In 1992 , E . K . Boon was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma . During his four-year battle with the disease , he participated in a genetics research program at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas . His physicians advised him that his disease was too far advanced for the research to save his life ; however , E . K . was confident his efforts would contribute to saving the lives of other cancer patients . When E . K . lost his battle with cancer , his family wanted to continue his legacy and contribute to finding a cure . They held their first golf tournament in his honor the following year .
“ As a leading clinical research institution , we participate in a wide range of innovative research that is
“ E . K . Boon took the first steps in participating in a clinical trial to help the patients who would come after him , and his family has carried that torch for nearly 20 years by funding these efforts .”
— Dr . Yair Levy , Medical Director , Swim Across America Clinical Trials Center
paving the way for new breakthroughs in cancer care , diagnosis and treatment ,” said Yair Levy , M . D ., medical director of the Swim Across America Innovative Clinical Trials Center at Baylor Charles A . Sammons Cancer Center . “ This is incredibly important for patients with difficultto-treat cancers , or when standard therapies are no longer working . E . K . Boon took the first steps in
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The late E . K . Boon participating in a clinical trial to help the patients who would come after him , and his family has carried that torch for nearly 20 years by funding these research efforts — we are so grateful for their support .”
For more information on cancer research initiatives , contact Sarah Burdi at 214.820.4721 or Sarah . Burdi @ BSWHealth . org .
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