Survivors and Socialites Inspire Hope at CanCare’s 30th Luncheon

Daniel Ortiz and Dave Rossman
Survivors and Socialites Inspire Hope at CanCare’s 30th Luncheon

Whitney Lawson, Fady Armanious and Alicia Smith

NEARLY 400 GATHERED at the River Oaks Country Club to raise a glass to cancer survivors, caregivers and supporters — and the hope that everyone deserves to feel throughout their journey with the disease.

CanCare’s 30th annual luncheon, chaired by philanthropist heavyhitters Phoebe and Bobby Tudor with honorary chairs Stephanie and Frank Tsuru, raised an incredible $400,000 for the organization’s mission to match new cancer patients with survivors who can support them. Attendees walked away with a new understanding of the significance that positivity and hope has for cancer survivorship.

A raffle touted Valobra earrings and coveted Diamond Club seats at an Astros game. Winners were drawn at the end of the program, which included an onstage chat between Gina Gaston and MD Anderson physician Peter Pisters. There was also an emotional candle-lighting ceremony, during which guests held up glowing candles in honor of loved ones impacted by cancer.

Those who made donations during the luncheon received a bell to ring — an action which traditionally marks the end of cancer treatment.

Alex Blair and Debbie Pakzaban

Vijay Goradia and Marie Goradia

Amy Pierce and Stephanie Tsuru

Titus Harris and Charlie Epps

Brigitte Kalai and Alex Kalai

Sippi and Ajay Khurana

Cathy Herr, Anne Neeson, Susan Distefano

Rochelle Griffin and Donna Lewis

Natalie Mohtashami, Megan Vondra


Darcie Wells, Vijay Goradia and Phoebe Tudor

Michael Wiesenthal and Jared Wiesenthal

Peter Pisters with Phoebe and Bobby Tudor

Michael and Ileana Trevino

Ginger Blanton, Regina Rogers

Kim Trimble, Amanda Horton, Angela Williams

Jordan Seff, Vanessa Ames, Brook Lee

Jim Braniff and Coy Lewis

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