Our First Annual Prostate Cancer Awareness Breakfast was held Friday, September 10th.
Judging by the feedback we received, the event was a big success!
A few highlights:
- We received a Proclamation announcing Friday, September 10th as Tex US TOO Day in the City of Houston. Houston City Councilman David Robinson was in attendance and presented the Proclamation.
- Frank Billingsley, KPRC Chief Meteorologist, gave the Keynote address. A prostate cancer survivor himself, he described his treatment choices and the subsequent decisions he made to better manage the after-effects of the disease. His presentation honored the seriousness of the subject matter, and he delivered it in his unique and humorous speaking style.
- Dr. Christopher Logothetis, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, received the “Prostate Cancer Medical Professional of the Year” award. Dr. Logothetis accepted the award in absentia with his typical grace and humility.
- Pete Sterling received the “Tex US TOO Hero” award. We honored Pete to thank and recognize him for his many years of selfless service to our organization.
With your support, Tex US TOO is able to continue our mission of helping men diagnosed with prostate cancer lead healthy, productive lives. Our programs offer men and their families unbiased information, peer counseling, fellowship, emotional support, and hope.
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See breakfast event photos here: 2021-Breakfast-Photos
Below is more about those that we honored at the event, and about Frank Billingsley, our Keynote speaker:
Tex US TOO Hero Award
President, Board of Directors, Tex US TOO
A New Jersey native, Pete spent forty years on the east coast, with the balance in Houston. Upon graduating in 1953 from Williams College in Massachusetts. Pete fulfilled a two-year military commitment before starting his business career in New York City. In 1971, Pete was recruited by and joined a Houston-based bank. Pete remained involved in commercial banking and finance for twenty-five years. A banking-related career in the executive search was his focus for the next twenty years. He retired in 2003.
Pete’s family includes his wonderful spouse, Nancy, four children, twelve grandkids, and four great-grandchildren scattered across the country. Pete is a past President and fifty-year member of the Houston Racquet Club, where he enjoyed his love for the sport of tennis for many years.
Pete is a prostate cancer survivor, having had a prostatectomy in 1994, and joining Tex US TOO in 1994. He managed the Chapter's incorporation in 2009, serving as President into 2018, and remaining involved in chapter activities until retiring last year. Continuing his volunteer spirit, he makes himself available whenever called upon.
Per Pete: “I have greatly enjoyed working for a wonderful cause and have been richly rewarded by great relationships with chapter members and those of the medical profession.”
Prostate Cancer Medical Professional of the Year
Dr. Christopher J. Logothetis holds the Roy M. and Phyllis Gough Huffington Clinical Research in Urologic Oncology Distinguished Chair, Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. He is a Professor in the Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. In addition, he is Director of The David H. Koch Center for Applied Research of Genitourinary Cancers, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX.
He earned his Medical Degree from the University of Athens School of Medicine, Athens. His Internship and Residency were at the Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Il.
Dr. Logothetis has four decades of research experience, of which the last 25 years have been largely focused on prostate cancer. His focus has been on developing therapies for prostate cancer and linking the underlying biology to the disease. He's contributed to developing chemotherapy, bone-targeted therapy, and molecularly targeted therapies in specific subsets of patients in combination.
He was among the first to test chemotherapy agents at a time of general skepticism that chemotherapy would be useful in advanced prostate cancer. Dr. Logothetis is Principal Investigator of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Prostate Cancer SPORE (Specialized Programs of Research Excellence), a multidisciplinary, collaborative grant funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He has keen insight into the potential for change and the importance of collaborations among colleagues in academic medicine, community physicians, and patient support and advocacy communities. Lastly, Dr. Logothetis has been appointed to the Board of Scientific Advisors of the NCI and is a member of the External Advisory Committee for the NCI-sponsored project to characterize the human cancer genome.
Our keynote speaker, Frank Billingsley
KPRC Chief Meteorologist Frank Billingsley first called Houston home in 1989 and has been forecasting Houston's weather for 31 years.
For more than three decades, he has made the weather clear and easy to understand. "The challenge is taking a complicated subject and making it simple, but I really enjoy it," he says.
"Of course, since Hurricane Harvey, Ike, Rita, and Tropical Storms Allison and Imelda, we've learned how powerful weather is and while I can't control what happens, I can be there to warn people when their lives or property is in danger. That's what I love most about my career. I feel like I have a chance to give back to the world," Frank said.
In September 2018, Frank made public his Prostate Cancer diagnosis and his decision to pursue treatment in clinical trials known as Aurolase. The procedure infuses gold nanoparticles into the cancer lesion followed by laser ablation. So far, the treatment has been a success. Frank says, "All men need to pay more attention to their health, and hopefully, my going public has inspired awareness and action. A simple PSA (prostate-specific antigen) blood test can save lives."
Frank is also the author of "Swabbed & Found: An Adopted Man's Journey to Discover His Family Tree" (Bright Sky Press, 2017) recalling his DNA and genealogical search and eventual reunion with his biological family. "Trust me," he laughs. "We're all related!"
Frank was recently inducted into the Texas Navy as an honorary Admiral, the highest honor the Governor of Texas can bestow on any citizen.
Frank's career includes Best Weathercaster awards from the Associated Press, the Houston Press Club, the Houston Press newspaper, the Dallas Press Club, and, most recently, The Diana Award for Community Achievement, and an Edward R. Murrow Award for his team's coverage of Tropical Storm Imelda. The award he likes best: The Houston Chronicle named Frank the "Ultimate Weatherman"!