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Hope In Action

The Friends of the Stehlin Foundation is an independent tax-exempt charitable organization whose sole purpose is to raise funds to support the Foundation’s cancer research, treatment, and education programs.

However, the word “friends” doesn’t seem adequate for this high profile, high energy, and tirelessly dedicated group and their passionate support of cancer research. Through their annual galas, The Friends have donated more than $12 million in support of the Foundation’s fight against cancer.

Turning Ideas into Advocacy

The Friends was formed in 1980 when Mike Meagher, a frequent tennis partner of Dr. Stehlin and individual supporter of the Foundation, attended a particularly fun charity event.  Mike later said, John, we should do something like that for your group.” And so Mike did. The first Friends Gala was held at Houston Country Club in 1981. The inaugural event raised more than $96,000 for cancer research.

Within a short time the evening had become a “must attend” event in Houston. Today, proceeds from Friends galas represent a significant portion of the Foundation’s annual operating revenues and a critically important contribution to the battle against cancer.

For more information on current Friends happenings and event photos, visit the Friends Facebook page.

Our Team

There’s a lot of excitement about the new drugs and projects on the horizon, but it takes a lot of money to make those possibilities come true. That’s why we’re here – to raise money. We just always have a good time doing it.”

Mike Meagher,
Founder, Friends of the Stehlin Foundation

Friends Membership 2012

Dianne and Ken Anderson
Sally and Bobby Anderson
Sara and Philip Beck
Vicki and Doug Benson
Tamara and Harrison Bibb
Paula and Doug Coil
Colleen and Kyle Colton
Marit and Pete de Ipolyi
Linda de Sosa
Sylvia and Roupen Dekmezian
Jackie and Brian Evans
Arlene and Alan Gerger
Carley and Cory Giovanella
Wendy and Beppino Giovanella
Judy and Gay Gondzur
Karen and Kevin Henry
Rion Kelly and John Hine
Randee and Jay Kaplan
Amy and Jeff Kappes
Wanda Kimbrell
Winnefred Lesandrini
Donna and Norman Lewis
Michelle and Constantine Markides
Cathey and Michael Meagher
Patty and Keith Miller
Sueanne and Randy Nichols
Marla and Michael Omer
Anna and Bob Parker
Gabrielle Patout
Jennie Perry
Ashley and Keith Pettibon
Nancy Riviere
Michol and Barry Rosen
Lin and Bill Smolensky
Mary Stehlin
Lory Tauber
Deborah and Bartt Thompson
Jerri and David Trigg
Sue and Dana Vardeman
Nancy Ames and Danny Ward
Becca and Philip Weigand
Nancy and Tim White
Clark Whiteside
Jennifer and Matt Winter
Vicki and Fred Wright


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CHRISTUS Stehlin Foundation for Cancer Research

10301 Stella Link Road, Suite A
Houston, Texas 77025-5447
713.659.1336


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