I’m here in the Big Easy where I attended my final meeting of the President’s Cancer Panel today. The President appointed me in 2002 and the last six years have been an amazing experience. I’m including my closing remarks for you here.
Tomorrow bright and early, we start our two-day build with Habitat for Humanity in the New Orleans area. We’re building on behalf of folks who have faced the twin challenges of recovering from the hurricanes and fighting cancer at the same time. The entire LAF staff has traveled here from Austin to participate and I’m glad that Louisiana’s new governor, Bobby Jindal, and Lt. Governor Mitch Landrieu are coming to help out, too. And we’re really grateful to Jim Pate and the Habitat staff for helping us make this dream a reality.
The LAF sent more than $500,000 in aid to the Gulf Coast after Katrina to help cancer survivors get treatment and the basic necessities of life. I’m looking forward to giving some hands-on help tomorrow and making an announcement about our next installment of aid.