Provides extensive awareness information and materials to individuals, empowering them to take charge of their health.
Honoring the late Charline & Sidney “Chief” Dauphin, through the generous support of their daughter, Robin, this far-reaching program travels to high schools, churches and community groups to encourage healthy decisions, activities and habits that greatly reduce cancer risks, directly touching the lives of more than 12,000 youth and adults.
Through a myriad of outreach encounters, the Gift of Life shares the message of early detection as the key to survival of breast, prostate, testicular, lung, ovarian and other gynecological cancers. Additionally, educational efforts inform young adults about the importance of adopting healthy habits, while maintaining enough awareness of their bodies to recognize changes that may require medical attention.
In 2011, the Gift of Life expanded its mission to include outreach awareness for ovarian and other gynecological cancers following the passing of its devoted board member, Julie Richardson Procter, who bravely battled ovarian cancer. The Julie Richardson Procter Ovarian Cancer Educational Awareness Initiative was established by Beau Procter, in loving memory of his dear wife, to provide information about the signs and symptoms of this devastating disease.
With lifesaving materials distributed to youth and adults (including medical professionals), the endeavor, which provides continuing education credits for healthcare participants, has educated thousands of individuals.
Each year, the Gift of Life raises awareness of this critical initiative with the Julie Richardson Procter 5K Ribbon Run. Each year, the event hosts more than 6,000 participants.
Canda Kessler battled an aggressive form of brain cancer for 20 months with courage, strength and optimism. During her illness, she expressed more concern for others than herself.
Though she lost her battle in 2010, Canda continues to impact the lives of others through the Canda Kessler Brain Cancer Awareness Fund that her husband, Mike, established as part of her legacy. The initiative raises awareness of brain cancers and provides comfort and strength to individuals and families affected by the disease.
Jerry Klein could brighten anyone’s day with his smile and words of encouragement. His commitment to the Gift of Life motivated others to become a part of the organization he loved. His positive approach to life, along with tremendous support from his family and friends, enabled him to face esophageal cancer with courage and optimism, despite succumbing to the disease in 2010.
Jerry’s wife, Pat, continues his legacy through the Gerald” Jerry” Klein Esophageal Cancer Awareness Fund, which educates thousands of Southeast Texans about the early warning signs of the disease.