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SA Cancer Council Names Volunteer & Honoree Of The Year

Wendy Rigby
Texas Public Radio
Ian Thompson, MD, was named Honoree of the Year at the SA Cancer Council's Spring Luncheon.

The SA Cancer Council supports the UT Health Cancer Center by raising money to provide transportation, emergency financial support for patients in need, and funding for research. The group raised money Monday by honoring two extraordinary people.

Cancer is the most complicated disease and one of the most difficult to treat. It often upends patient’s lives. Volunteer of the Year Carla Bergner saw a need and helped create the first medically based food pantry in San Antonio. Cancer patients who lack good nutrition can find it on site when they receive treatment at the UT Health Cancer Center.


The Honoree of the Year is Dr. Ian Thompson, a world-renowned prostate cancer researcher and physician. Thompson headed up the UT Health Cancer Center since 2009, helping the facility, formerly the CTRC, in strengthening its designation as a National Cancer Institute Cancer Center. Thompson now works at CHRISTUS Santa Rosa.

The SA Cancer Council raises money to help patients at the UT Health Cancer Center with transportation, food, medicines, and unexpected financial burdens. The group also provides funding for cancer research.


Later this year, the UT Health Cancer Center will begin its partnership with the respected UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.