Message from our ChairmanIn 2016, IBC Bank raised $2 million for University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and cancer research. IBC Bank and MD Anderson are teaming up once again for our 2019 "Give Cancer the Boot" campaign. This special fundraising campaign will run now through September 27 and aims to raise $1 million through donations from the community, friends, neighbors and those who know the plight of cancer. Every dollar raised will then be matched by IBC Bank in order to reach $2 million once again.
As a senior member of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors, I am proud to support their mission to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation and the world. IBC Bank's commitment to "doing more" for the communities we serve is why we created the "Give Cancer the Boot" campaign to fundraise for MD Anderson. For each and every employee and customer of IBC Bank, this is about ending cancer and saving lives. "We Do More" isn't just a slogan, it is something each of us whole-heartedly believes in and puts into practice every day.
We strongly believe that each IBC employee has a responsibility to be an agent of positive change. We are community members, and each of us has the opportunity to make our neighborhood a better place. Positive change starts at the community level, where we can unite with friends and neighbors for a common cause. Now, we are uniting to end cancer.
MD Anderson's mission to eliminate cancer reached international audiences last fall when Jim Allison, Ph.D., chair of Immunology at MD Anderson, was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology of Medicine. MD Anderson is ranked number 1 for cancer care by U.S. News and World Report's "Best Hospitals" survey. It has ranked as one of the nation's top two hospitals for cancer care since the survey began in 1990, ranking first 14 times in the last 17 years. MD Anderson is the world's most respected cancer center and treats more than 140,000 patients from over 120 countries each year. The center oversees the largest clinical trials program in the nation, with more than 10,100 patients enrolled. Since 1944, more than 1.4 million patients have turned to MD Anderson for cancer care.
Cancer survivor Sabrina Dominguez will once again serve as IBC Bank's campaign ambassador. Now 21, Dominguez was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer, at the age of 16. A senior at Texas A&M University at College Station, Dominguez will be the face of the 2019 campaign as a testament to the innovative research and treatment available at MD Anderson for patients like her and for those around the world. MD Anderson saved her life.
I encourage the community to donate at any of the 189 bank branches throughout Texas and Oklahoma or online at mdanderson.org/IBCBank. IBC Bank will match your donation dollar-for-dollar. For every donation made at an IBC Bank branch, customers will be able to write a tribute to a loved one to display at the branch. Every donation, no matter the amount, brings us closer to a future free from cancer. Together, we are truly Making Cancer History, so please help by making a donation and by asking your friends and neighbors to donate.