2009-10-15 / General Stories

Cattlemen for Cancer Research to Host Annual Auction in Bastrop

Cattlemen for Cancer Research, a grass-roots organization in its 11th year, plans its annual charitable auction benefiting the Michale E. Keeling Center for Comparative Medicine and Research of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center. The Oct. 17 event at Hills Prairie Livestock Auction Company, 1177 Hwy. 304 in Bastrop, will feature a 2 p.m. cattle auction of more than 40 donated cattle for sale, preceded by a barbecue lunch and a silent auction.

In the spirit of neighbor helping neighbor, buyers at the auction often donate cattle back for resale so they may be sold more than once. The silent auction features hundreds of items, from homemade and retail selections to tours and vacation packages. Among last year¹s auction offerings, for example, were a trip to the Delta Downs Racetrack, Casino and Hotel in Vinton, La. and a commemorative quilt made with CCR T-shirts from the past decade.

The event has helped raise more than $1 million over the past 10 years in support of research initiatives and programs at the Keeling Center. Cattlemen for Cancer Research also contributes a portion of auction proceeds to a patient assistance fund that helps area residents with transportation and living expenses while seeking treatment at M. D. Anderson in Houston. The fund has helped numerous residents of Williamson, Travis, Lee, Bastrop and Hays counties.

In 1999, the agriculture community of Bastrop County created Cattlemen for Cancer Research by combining a passion for ranching with a desire to help others and fight cancer. The cattle auction draws participants from the entire community and beyond who welcome the opportunity to be part of the fight against cancer.

Cattlemen for Cancer Research offers the people of Bastrop and other communities in central Texas an opportunity to make a real contribution to M. D. Anderson's research mission to eradicate cancer,² said Christian Abee, D.V.M., professor and chair of the Department of Veterinary Sciences. It also provides financial help to cancer patients in central Texas who travel to M. D. Anderson for treatment. We are indebted to the hardworking volunteers who have helped the organization grow through the years and who continue giving their time and financial resources to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients and their families.

For more information on Cattlemen for Cancer Research, visit our web site at www.cattlemenforcancerresearch.org.

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