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In 2006 CHRISTUS Health became the Foundation’s principal corporate donor. CHRISTUS is an international faith-based nonprofit healthcare system comprised of more than 50 hospitals and long-term care facilities, 175 clinics and outpatient centers, and dozens of other health ministries. Funding from CHRISTUS Health is the major source of support for the Foundation’s cancer drug development program.

CHRISTUS Health expresses its core values as:

  • DIGNITY  Respect for the worth of every person, recognition and commitment to the value of diverse individuals and perspectives, and special concern for the poor and underserved.
  • INTEGRITY  Honesty, justice, and consistency in all relationships.
  • EXCELLENCE  High standards of service and performance.
  • COMPASSION  Service in a spirit of empathy, love, and concern.
  • STEWARDSHIP  Wise and just use of talents and resources in a collaborative manner.


The Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word are a multicultural, international Congregation of Catholic religious women based in Houston, Texas. The Congregation was founded in 1866 to minister to the sick, the poor and the deprived, with a sense of church that embraces all God’s people.

The Congregation spreads its healing ministry to those in need through direct patient contact and sponsorships, including two of the largest Catholic health care systems in the nation, Catholic Healthcare West and CHRISTUS Health.

The Sisters of Charity have been active, loyal, and generous supporters of the Foundation for more than 40 years.

The relationship began with a deep connection based on empathy for patients shared by Dr. John S. Stehlin and Sister Mary David Gorman, the Congregation leader in 1967. Together these two visionaries created many “firsts” in humanistic cancer treatment at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Houston.

The Sisters were also instrumental in forging the relationship between the Foundation and CHRISTUS Health, ensuring our future as a research organization.

The Sisters’ spiritual guidance has helped the Foundation remain centered on people – on patients and their families – and most importantly, on FAITH and HOPE.

Featured Events

Golfers Against Cancer Houston Tournament

November 23, 2013

Since its founding in 1997, Golfers Against Cancer has had one goal: to fund cancer research. Virtually all the money raised in GAC tournaments and events goes directly to cancer research organizations, including the CHRISTUS Stehlin Foundation.

Luci Bonneau Memorial Bowling Tournament

August 2, 2013

The 14th Annual Luci Bonneau Memorial Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles Bowling Tournament is one of the most prestigious doubles events in America. The tournament includes a Pro-Am - your chance to bowl with the pros to cure breast cancer!

Friends of the Stehlin Foundation 33rd Annual Gala

October 19, 2013 | 7:00 p.m.

stayin_alive graphicGet ready to disco and dance the night away at The Friends of CHRISTUS Stehlin Gala! Premiering “STAYIN’ ALIVE,” The Greatest Bee Gees Tribute Band with Members of the Houston Symphony Orchestra and America’s first Mash Up Group, “THE COMPANY MEN.”

YTAC Austin Powder Puff Football

May 4, 2013

On May 4th, 2013, young women will take the field for the first time in an exciting powder puff football game with teams comprised of some of best and brightest in Austin. The game is designed to bring the passion and spirit of young community leaders together to support Young Texans Against Cancer.

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About the Foundation

The new facility for the CHRISTUS Stehlin Foundation is an appropriate setting for an organization that has made an enormous contribution to the ongoing battle against cancer.”

Sister Lillian Anne Healy, CCVI,
Congregational Leader for Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word


Two Houston CHRISTUS Hospitals and Stehlin Soon to Join Houston Methodist

CHRISTUS Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research will join CHRISTUS St. Catherine and CHRISTUS St. John in a new partnership with Houston Methodist.

Nearly 14 Million Cancer Survivors in U.S.

There are currently 13.7 million cancer survivors in the United States and the number is expected to rise by 31 percent to 18 million by 2022, according to a new report. >> Click article title for more.

'Watchful Waiting' Often Best for Older Kidney Cancer Patients

A new study suggests that sometimes simply watching and waiting is a safe alternative to surgery for older patients with small kidney tumors. A surgical oncologist said that the findings, "should allow clinicians and patients to feel more comfortable about surveillance, particularly for the 'oldest old' and those patients with multiple [other health conditions] that would make surgery especially high risk." >> Click on article title for more.

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CHRISTUS Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research

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Houston, Texas 77025-5447

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