HOUSTON, Dec. 15 The Houston Chapter of the AmericanAssociation of Drilling Engineers (AADE) recently presented Texas Children'sHospital with a donation of $35,000 to advance cancer research. The funds willbe used specifically for the Neuroblastoma Research Program led by surgeonEugene Kim. The research program is focused on developing new strategies toblock blood vessel growth in neuroblastoma, a deadly pediatric cancer.
"By blocking blood vessel growth, we can prevent tumors from growing andspreading. Preliminary results are encouraging, and this donation will help usto fund the research to hopefully bring this new treatment to the bedside,"said Dr. Kim. "It is a tremendous honor to receive this gift from such adistinguished and down-to-earth group of people, who clearly have put givingto others a top priority."
The funds were raised during AADE's 19th annual golf tournament. Sinceselecting Texas Children's Hospital as the charitable beneficiary eight yearsago, the AADE Golf Tournament has raised more than $285,000, most of which hasbeen used to purchase special needs items for the children at the hospital.
"It is difficult to describe how grateful the children, parents and staffare to receive the donations. Thanks to the 400 AADE members who participatedin the 2008 tournament and to those who gave so generously of their time andmoney to make this tournament one of the premiere golf events on the energyindustry's annual calendar," says Mike Mininni, who co-chaired the event withBob Zaunbrecher.
AADE offers a forum for the dissemination of practical drilling technologyto those employed or interested in the drilling industry. AADE was founded inNew Orleans in 1978 and is made up of an affiliation of nine independentchapters licensed and governed by an AADE National Board. The Houston chaptersponsors several fund-raising events throughout the year as part of itsmission to give back to the community. The 2009 golf tournament is set forApril 9, 2009 at Cypresswood Golf Club.
SOURCE American Association of Drilling Engineers