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Campaign to end cancer tops 2.2 million

Funds Raised will support immunotherapy research at MD Anderson Cancer Center

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Pictured above left to right: Dennis E. Nixon, chairman and CEO of IBC Bank, Dr. James Allison and Dr. Padmanee Sharma. Courtesy Image
Pictured above left to right: Dennis E. Nixon, chairman and CEO of IBC Bank, Dr. James Allison and Dr. Padmanee Sharma. Courtesy Image

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LAREDO, Texas – IBC Bank/Commerce Bank and communities across Texas have raised more than $2.2 million through this year’s “Give Cancer the Boot” campaign benefitting The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Customers, friends and neighbors rallied to raise more than $1 million from April 15 through September 15, 2022. Every dollar raised was matched by the IBC Foundation in order to reach a total of more than $2.2 million. 

“It is phenomenal to see the continued support of our communities and customers in our shared mission to end cancer,” said Dennis E. Nixon, IBC Bank Chairman of the Board, IBC Foundation manager and a senior member of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors. “We have been a proud supporter of MD Anderson for many years. Together, we can make a significant impact in the lives of those affected by cancer.”

Funds raised this year will support the James P. Allison Institute at MD Anderson. The visionary research and innovation hub was created to conduct groundbreaking science that will integrate immunobiology across disciplines and unlock the full potential of science and medicine for human health. The Allison Institute builds upon the legacy of its namesake, James P. Allison, Ph.D., regental chair of Immunology at MD Anderson, who was awarded the 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for fundamental discoveries that launched the field of cancer immunotherapy. 

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Nixon and other IBC representatives joined Allison for a check presentation at IBC Bank’s Kirby Drive location in Houston, Texas.  

“Thanks to the generosity of so many Texans, we are one step closer to Making Cancer History®,” said Allison. “The immune system has endless possibilities, and through the support of our communities and the incredible work of our colleagues, exceptional science will continue to drive our ambitious goals to bring cures to more patients.”

Ranked No. 1 in cancer care by U.S. News and World Report’s “Best Hospitals” annual survey, MD Anderson continues its mission to end cancer, one patient at a time. Cancer survivor, Jackie Rodriguez, served as IBC Bank’s campaign ambassador.  Now 27, Jackie was diagnosed with osteochondroma, a type of bone cancer, at the age of 23. “Cancer is history for me!” Jackie exclaims.  A recent graduate from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley , Rodriguez graced the 2022 campaign collateral as a cancer survivor and a testament to the research and treatment at MD Anderson.  

MD Anderson has been committed to Making Cancer History® for more than 80 years. The institution is one of the world’s most respected centers devoted exclusively to cancer patient care, research, education and prevention.  The institution oversees the largest clinical trials program in the nation, with more than 9,600 patients enrolled. Since 1944, more than 1.8 million patients have turned to MD Anderson for cancer care. 

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About IBC Bancshares

IBC Bank and Commerce Bank are members of International Bancshares Corporation (NASDAQ: IBOC), a $16.1 billion multi-bank financial holding company headquartered in Laredo, Texas, with 167 facilities and 257 ATMs serving 75 communities in Texas and Oklahoma. MEMBER FDIC / INTERNATIONAL BANCSHARES CORPORATION. Follow our Facebook page, @IBCBankWeDoMore. More information is available at ibc.com.

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