2nd Annual Checkmates Benefit Concert
Congratulations to our friend Dr. Jim Allison who was recently awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize for Medicine! Jim appeared live in concert on Saturday, April 6, 2019 at the Firehouse Saloon with the Checkmates, jamming out on vocals and blues harp with fellow band members Dr. Greg Lizee (drums), Dr. Anthony Lucci (guitar), Adela Justice (bass), Daron Gilmore (lead vocals), Nina Boulton (lead vocals), Dr. Patrick Hwu (keyboard), Dr. Powel Brown (trumpet), Scott Krueger (trombone), Kyle Krueger (baritone sax), and Dr. Ferran Prat (tenor sax). The Checkmates are primarily made up of MD Anderson Cancer Center doctors and staff.
All proceeds raised benefit Halo House, and help to provide a “home away from home” to blood cancer patients in treatment at the Texas Medical Center at our brand new facility!
1st Annual Checkmates Concert
On Saturday, March 31st the Checkmates put on a performance to remember and raised $55,000 for Halo House. It was a packed house, with over 300 attendees and MD Anderson Cancer Center President Dr. Peter Pisters even got up on stage and did a song with the band. This unique band of MDA doctors and friends includes world-renowned immunologist Dr. Jim Allison on vocals and blues harp as well as Dr. Greg Lizee (drums), Dr. Anthony Lucci (guitar), Dr. Tony Conley (bass), Dr. Scott Woodman (lead vocals), Nina Boulton (vocals), Dr. Patrick Hwu (keyboard), Dr. Powel Brown (trumpet), Scott Krueger (trombone), and Dr. Ferran Prat (sax).
Laugh 4 Lymphoma 2018
On Thursday, February 1st, the 5th annual Laugh 4 Lymphoma event took place at the Laugh Out Loud Comedy Club in San Antonio, TX. Each year this event is held in memory of Dr. Karla Diaz Davalos who passed away from Burkitt’s lymphoma in July 2013 at the age of 31. Over the years this event has helped to raise over $200,000 on behalf of Halo House, providing over 4,000 days of housing!! We are grateful for the Laugh 4 Lymphoma’s teams continued support and work on behalf of Halo House.