UTHCT’s ’Mission Possible: Where Discovery & Healing Come Together’ to raise funds for Texas Lung Injury Institute

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

"Mission Possible: Where Discovery & Healing Come Together" is the theme of The University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler Celebration to be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27, at the Harvey Convention Center, 2000 W. Front St. in Tyler.

Officials with The University of Texas System including UT System Chancellor Mark Yudof, several state representatives, and other special guests will attend the event. In addition, business, civic, and political leaders from throughout East Texas are among the more than 850 people expected to attend the gala dinner and dance.

"This year’s ’Mission Possible: Where Discovery & Healing Come Together’ will showcase UTHSCT’s research and treatment of lung disease and lung injury. Health Center physicians are recognized throughout the nation for their excellent care of people with lung disease. And UTHSCT scientists are at the forefront of research into diseases such as pulmonary fibrosis," UTHSCT President Dr. Kirk A. Calhoun said.

Proceeds from the Celebration will benefit The Texas Lung Injury Institute. This $3 million special project initiative will help the Health Center fund research into pulmonary diseases. These diseases affect people of all ages throughout the nation, from infants fighting cystic fibrosis to seniors battling pulmonary fibrosis and asthma. The institute will provide life-changing research to improve patient care, find new drugs that will cure diseases, and equip state-of-the-art research labs used by UTHSCT scientists.

Dr. Calhoun and Dr. Yudof will be available for brief media interviews from 6 p.m. to 6:45 p.m., before the program begins at 7 p.m.

More than 700 people attended last year’s Celebration, which raised over $134,000 for UTHSCT’s Center for Healthy Aging.

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