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MLB Detroit Tigers pitcher Derek Holland, Jessica Dunn, CEO of Leukemia Texas, and NHL player Vern Fiddler

The Swing Fore Leukemia Golf Tournament, benefiting Leukemia Texas, raised more than $100,000 earlier this month at Stonebriar Country Club in Frisco with 100% of the funds helping Texans through patient aid and research. 

“The support we received for the return of the golf tournament was extraordinary,” said Jessica Dunn, Chief Executive Officer for Leukemia Texas. “We raised critical funds that will benefit Texas families who are battling leukemia. We have a lot of work ahead of us, but it was great to be back on the Stonebriar course with our sponsors, golfers, volunteers, and celebrity guests. 

Dallas native Cody Gribble, a past PGA Tour Champion, challenged golfers to “Out Drive the Pro” for friendly competition, and Derek Holland, MLB pitcher for the Detroit Tigers was the guest speaker.

Texas Oncology was the presenting sponsor of the Swing Fore Leukemia Golf Tournament, which included an auction featuring a suite to the December 26 Dallas Cowboys game, a signed Dak Prescott jersey, a suite to either a Dallas Mavericks or Dallas Stars game, signed sports memorabilia and other fun items. 

Leukemia Texas provides financial assistance to leukemia patients needing help with expenses related to treatments. The program currently serves hundreds of children and adults each year. The Leukemia Texas Research program awards grants for research to develop new and improved methods of treatment to ultimately find a cure for leukemia.

Leukemia Texas hosts several events throughout the year to raise funds and awareness.  The community can adopt a Buddy the Bear that will be given to pediatric leukemia patients. Buddy the Bear is named after Buddy Minyard, who created Leukemia Texas in 1970 to support Texans who are in their leukemia journey. Buddy the Bear gives kids a huggable companion during treatments and hospital stays. Each bear comes with a note of encouragement to let the child know someone is thinking about them. Adoptions are $25 each and are available at

Leukemia Texas, a Platinum Rated, award winning non-profit organization is dedicated to improving the lives of those with leukemia through funding research and patient aid in Texas. Celebrating over 48 years as an independent 501c3 nonprofit corporation, Leukemia Texas is not affiliated with any other leukemia, health or nonprofit organization and does not receive any government funding. The majority of funds are raised through special events as well as individual contributors and corporate sponsors. 

Through the Patient Aid program, Leukemia Texas provides direct financial assistance to leukemia patients in Texas who need help paying for prescribed treatment expenses left uncovered by insurance. Leukemia Texas Patient Aid currently serves hundreds of individuals ranging in age from under one year to over 90 years old. 

Through the Research Program, Leukemia Texas is committed to supporting translational science and advancing research careers in Texas. The Research Program has granted millions of dollars towards studies conducted at leading Texas research centers, including Cook Children’s Medical Center, UNT Health Science Center, Baylor Research Institute, UT Southwestern Medical Center, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist and others. 

More information, including volunteer opportunities, can be found at