November 20, 2012
As we observe the Thanksgiving holiday, I am particularly
thankful in this Texas Heart Institute 50th anniversary year for the
outpouring of support you have given our life-saving research and life-altering
It has been very gratifying. So, I pause to say a truly
heartfelt thank you.
With your help, we continue to make progress in the
important fight against heart and vascular disease.
One example is the recent news that our researchers, along
with a team from M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, under the direction of Dr. Edward
Yeh, has discovered the molecular basis for how one of the most commonly used
cancer drugs causes heart failure in cancer patients. We are hopeful these
findings could lead the way to preventing this terrible side-effect, and also
to potential new cancer therapy drugs. Read the details.
We also just received word that our newly redesigned Project
Heart curriculum to teach children in grades K through 6 about
heart health has been recognized with a prestigious Gold eHealthcare Leadership Award for
Best Rich Media. The curriculum, which includes interactive games and
activities, is available free of charge to teachers, parents and students at www.texasheart.org/projectheart.
These are just two of the most recent bounty of bright spots
that your support has made possible. We are very grateful.
I also take this moment to remind you about your opportunity
to help us save more lives through the THI 50th Anniversary Fund. We invite you to support us now.
Thank you. Everyone at THI wishes you, and your loved ones,
a very happy and heart-healthy Thanksgiving.
With my deepest gratitude and respect,
James T. Willerson, MD
President and Medical Director
Contact Dr. Willerson.