A group of cyclists riding to Alaska to raise money for cancer as part of Texas 4000, a non-profit, stopped in Houston to drop off a check. Team Ozarks spent the day with pediatric oncology patients at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and presented a $65,000 check to further MD Anderson’s cancer research. 
Chronically ill and disabled children and their families attended Dreamnight at the Houston Zoo. Every year on the first Friday in June, zoos around the world welcome these families and waive the zoo entrance fee. Many of the children who attended the Houston event are treated at TMC institutions.   
Great Day Houston invited Shelly Simpson, LCSW, LCDI, from The Menninger Clinic community integration program and Heather Lambert, LPC, a lead counselor with the BridgeUp at Menninger program in the Pasadena school district, to discuss the popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why and the various mental health issues that affect teenagers. From left, Great Day Houston host Deborah Duncan, Simpson, Lambert, Jill Ahrens Tucker, Linda De Sosa and Sahar Paz. 
Attending the annual Diabetic Foot Global Conference, presented by Baylor College of Medicine and the Texas Heart Institute, were conference co-chairs David G. Armstrong, M.D., Ph.D., and Joseph L. Mills, M.D., professor and chief of the division of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy at Baylor College of Medicine, along with George Andros, M.D., founder of the conference and this year’s recipient of the Edward James Olmos Award for Advocacy in Amputation Prevention, and Edward James Olmos, actor and director.
Evan Katz, left, and Marc Boom, M.D., president and CEO of Houston Methodist Hospital, at a ceremony marking a $21 million gift from the Jerold B. Katz Foundation to Houston Methodist Research Institute. The gift will support translational research.
Chef Jon Buchanan of Third Coast Restaurant visits with fourth grade students from MacGregor Elementary as part of the Recipe for Success program, which combats childhood obesity by changing the way children understand, appreciate and eat their food. Buchanan, a chef volunteer for Recipe for Success, gave the students a tour of the Third Coast kitchen, followed by a seated lunch.
More than 150 yogis gathered at The Houstonian Hotel, Club & Spa to celebrate healthy living with Nora's Home—a nonprofit organization that provides a home away from home for transplant patients and their families in the TMC—during its inaugural "Yoga on the Meadow" event. The event kicked off Donate Life Month and educated the public about the needs of organ failure and transplant patients while inspiring attendees to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
As part of Donate Life Month, Houston City Hall was lit with blue and green lights for a few days in April, showing the city’s support for organ, eye and tissue donation. On April 10, the building was lit to bring awareness to LifeGift, a non-profit that helps individuals needing transplants in Southeast, North and West Texas. (Credit: Troy Fields)
Peritect, a company that designed a device to drain fluid from the sac around the heart, answered questions from judges at the second annual TMC Biodesign Hackathon. Peritect earned first place and $2,000 for their design. (Credit: Gary Fountain)
Families, doctors, nurses and staff from Texas Children's Hospital gathered for an “unveiling” celebration of the second phase of a permanent photography exhibit called the Wall of Hope, situated in the halls of the hospital’s NICU unit.
The Pulmonary Hypertension Program at Texas Children's Hospital recently earned accreditation from the Pulmonary Hypertension Association. Pictured is Nidhy P. Varghese, M.D., with a patient. (credit: Photo courtesy of Texas Children’s Hospital)
Peter J. Hotez, M.D., Ph.D., dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine and professor of pediatrics and molecular virology and microbiology at Baylor College of Medicine, with family and friends, including Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (in pink), received a Distinguished Achievement Award from B’nai B’rith International.*
John Nordby, vice president of talent and innovation at the Greater Houston Partnership, tries out a virtual reality app at South By Southwest in Austin, Texas.
The University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras Scholarship Gala raised more than $1.8 million for the Ivany Family Scholarship Fund. Pictured: Gala co-chairs George and Annette Strake; Marianne Ivany and University of St. Thomas president Robert Ivany, Ph.D.; Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo; Cathy and Joe Cleary; and the Very Reverend George T. Smith, CSB (credit: Daniel Ortiz Photography)
TMC executives Larry Stokes, senior vice president of shared services, Denise Castillo-Rhodes, executive vice president and chief financial officer, William F. McKeon, far right, executive vice president, chief strategy officer, and chief operating officer, with journalist Dan Rather, second from right, at the Wrapped in Red Luncheon to benefit the American Red Cross.
At the TMC Library's Student Appreciation Day, Faithful Paws provided stress relief from studying.
A collection of firearms at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences' new facility. A ribbon-cutting for the state-of-the-art building was held March 16.
Camp 4 All 2 U came to MD Anderson Children's Cancer Hospital to serve patients unable to attend regular offsite camps.
At St. Dominic Village, visitors found a creative way to use the July issue of TMC Pulse.
Molecular endocrinologist John J. Kopchick, Ph.D., and his wife, Charlene Kopchick, of Athens, Ohio, gave a $10.5 million gift to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center UT Health Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The gift will fund up to 15 student fellowships at the MD Anderson UTHealth Graduate School, where John Kopchick received his Ph.D.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, center, led a trade mission to Europe with William F. McKeon, president and CEO of the Texas Medical Center, far back right, and other members of Houston's medical, arts and energy sectors.

Field Notes 2017

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