Lt. Gov. Dewhurst shares portion of award with Vannie Cook

March 1, 2012

Pictured: State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa; Dr. Kenneth Landrum, chairman of the Vannie Cook Cancer Foundation Board and a BCM alumnus; Laura Martinez Ilgun, executive director of the Foundation; Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; John David Franz, mayor of the city of Hidalgo
Pictured: State Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa; Dr. Kenneth Landrum, chairman of the Vannie Cook Cancer Foundation Board and a BCM alumnus; Laura Martinez Ilgun, executive director of the Foundation; Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst; John David Franz, mayor of the city of Hidalgo

Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst, the 2011 Border Texan of the Year, showed his continued commitment to the region by donating a portion of his proceeds from the award to the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Cancer Foundation.

The Foundation, along with Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital, has operated the Vannie E. Cook Jr. Children's Cancer and Hematology Center in McAllen, Texas since 2001. Its goal is to ensure that local children who suffer from cancer and blood diseases receive the most up-to-date care and treatment without the need to leave the region and regardless of ability to pay.

Dewhurst presented the check at the Jan. 30 Border Texan of the Year Award Ceremony in Hidalgo, where State Sen. Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa was honored as the Border Texan of the Year for 2012.

The award pays tribute to someone who has contributed to making South Texas a better place. Dewhurst was selected for his record as a strong businessman and leader who has enhanced life in South Texas through employment initiatives. Hinojosa was honored for his effectiveness as a legislator and advocacy of the Rio Grande Valley.