The Heart of Our Foundation

Thanks to our generous Sponsors, donors and hard-working committee, Hearts of Gold 2017, Accelerating the Path to Personalized Cancer Therapies, raised a record $125,000 for adolescents and young adults with cancer.

It was a day of hope, celebration and inspiration as special guest speaker, Stephanie Zimmerman moved us with her story of triumph in the face of near tragedy due to late effects of her childhood cancer treatment, while our medical panel: Dr. W Paul Bowman, Dr. Richard Gorlick, Dr. John Nemunaitis and Dr. Jason Yustein educated guests on new therapy treatments and the positive differences they are making in the lives of cancer patients.

We were also pleased to announce the 2017 Hearts of Gold Award winners: Approach Resources, Inc. (Community Partner Award), Brenda Lammers (Caring and Curing Award), and Kay Mitchell (Heart of Gold Award).

Following the luncheon, Stephanie Zimmerman and our panel of doctors shared their personal stories and research with 100 medical students and guests at UNT Health Science Center.

The room grew silent when a young medical student asked, “What do I do if someone close to me has cancer?”

Zimmerman replied, “Be there. Just be there and don’t let them fight alone.”

At the Rutledge Foundation, that is exactly what we do. We make sure that adolescent and young adult patients don’t have to fight alone and because of our generous and loyal supporters, we will continue to be there during the fight of their lives.

Proceeds from the luncheon have already been put to good use with grants to Moncrief Cancer Institute’s Fertility Preservation Program and the Solid Tumor Program at Cook Children’s Medical Center. Thank you for helping us make a difference!