Merediths Mission News

3rd Annual UT Tailgate Fundraiser!

Our 3rd annual Fundraiser Tailgate is just around the corner on November 3rd, Texas vs. West Virginia, in Austin. Check our Tailgate2018 page for all the details!

Spreading the word about Meredith’s Mission for Melanoma:

Treasurer, Stephanie Whitten, was interviewed by Dalia Buffery, Senior Editorial Director, of CONQUER: The patient voice:

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Note: CONQUER® magazine is the premier forum for patients with cancer initiated by the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+). CONQUER features articles written by and for patients with cancer, survivors, nurse navigators, and other oncology team members. This magazine addresses the issues that patients, their family members, and caregivers face every day in an easy-to-read format. Issues include interviews with patients with cancer, information on access to care, and articles on lifestyle topics such as nutrition, stress management, personal finance, and legal and employer issues.

President, Christopher Kluck, was interviewed by Sports Illustrated for their “Everything You Need to Know About College Football Tailgating” article that appeared in the August 23, 2018 issue.


“Christopher Kluck is a founding member of the Longhorn Tailgaters, an open-to-the-public tailgate made up of “Longhorn-loving, orange-blooded, sooner-hatin' Texas fans and their friends and family.” For one game a year, the group also donates all donations and money raised from a silent auction to Meredith’s Mission for Melanoma. He’s also a UT alum and a season ticket holder for more than 15 years—who better to dish on the details of a UT tailgate?”

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2018 Gala Results

We were truly humbled by the success of this year's Gala! Between the Gala proceeds and your personal donations, we have grossed over $125,000 so far in 2018 - almost double from last year at this time!

We want extend our thanks again to Dr. Declan Fleming from the U.T. Dell Medical School, who brought us news regarding the equipment that we are helping fund for melanoma cancer research and to both Katie Rinehart and Brianne Dart for sharing their personal melanoma experiences. Through Brianne and Katie's son, Nicolas, we know that our efforts are making a difference in melanoma patients lives, as well as bringing hope for better and more expansive treatments.

We especially want to thank our extremely generous Gala Sponsors, In-kind Donors of our Silent Auction, and all of the guests who attended the 2018 Gala! Our event would not be possible without your incredible support!

2017 Year End Update

Thanks to our wonderful, extremely generous supporters, our 2nd Annual Tailgate Fundraiser on November 11th raised close to $13,000 for Meredith’s Mission! That means over $90,000 has been raised this year between the 2017 Meredith’s Mission for Melanoma Gala, the University of Texas Tailgate and your individual donations!! As a result, we are proud to announce that after deducting expenses we’ll be donating $40,000 towards melanoma cancer research. That’s an increase of $15,000 over last year. WELL DONE, everyone!! You can read more about our planned donations below.

This year, our donations will be divided between the Melanoma Moon Shot Program at M. D. Anderson and the University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School’s LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes.

  • The Melanoma Moon Shots Program at MD Anderson is headed by Michael Davies, M.D., Ph. D - 2017 Meredith’s Mission Gala Speaker. MD Anderson is home to one of the largest melanoma and skin cancer clinics in the world. MD Anderson’s Melanoma Moon Shot is focused on saving lives in two ways:
    1. To extend the benefits of new treatments, one flagship project takes a closer look into the molecular defects that drive melanoma and develops innovative clinical trials.
    2. The other flagship aims to protect children and teens from melanoma by reducing their exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun or indoor tanning.

    You can find additional information about the Moon Shots Program at:
    MD Anderson Newsroom

  • The Dell Medical School’s Cancer Institutes “are developing a new model for cancer prevention, detection, treatment and research that will revolutionize cancer care in Central Texas and beyond.” Their Goals are to:
    • Expand, enhance and connect current university efforts focused on cancer research.
    • Translate basic science research into tools and treatments that affect patient outcomes.
    • Offer more, high-quality clinical trials.
    • Focus on precision-based medicine.

    Our donation will go directly to support the melanoma research being conducted at Dell Med. Meredith’s classmate and dear friend, Dr. Matthew Fox is an Associate Professor at Dell Med and Director of Dermatologic Surgery for the Seton Healthcare Family. You can learn more about the LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes at: LIVESTRONG Cancer Institutes | Dell Medical School

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