Young Texans Against Cancer (YTAC) Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary

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This month, Young Texans Against Cancer celebrates their 10-year anniversary in conjunction with another record-setting year in donations. The organization which started in Houston in 2001, has since expanded with chapters in four major cities in Texas, and reaches one million dollars in donations to local cancer awareness programs.

Ten years ago, Young Texans Against Cancer (YTAC) launched as the first organization of its kind in Texas, bringing together 22- 45 year olds to help promote cancer awareness. Since its inception, YTAC has raised more than one-million dollars in funds for a variety of local organizations, including The Stehlin Foundation, MD Anderson, The Sunshine Kids, The Periwinkle Foundation, to name a few.

“It’s wonderful to see how far we have come as an organization since 2001,” said Matthew Gordon, President of the Executive Board. “The dedication and passion of our leaders and members has shined these past ten years, and we remain dedicated to educating and empowering young individuals to get involved and help with the fight.”

YTAC is coming off another record setting year with great momentum for 2011. In 2010, YTAC gave away over $285,000 around the state to cancer support and research organizations. On February 1st, YTAC’s Houston Chapter will give a total of $135,000 to three local charities; MD Anderson’s Lymphoma Clinical and Transitional Research Program, Aidaan.org and Camp Quality.

YTAC began in Houston in 2001 by a group of forty-four young individuals who had personal ties to cancer illnesses. Some had battled cancer while others had witnessed loved ones struggling with illness. Inspired by these struggles, the founding members created YTAC to increase cancer awareness among the generation of 22-45 year olds. The success of the Houston chapter has served as the model for all future chapters. In January of 2007 another dedicated group of young people started our second chapter in Austin and have continued to spread the ideas and dedication that YTAC was founded on. In January 2008, our third chapter was formed in Dallas, helping grow our statewide effort to bring awareness and an outlet for changes across Texas. In January of 2009, a YTAC chapter was founded in San Antonio, bringing YTAC to the 4 largest cities in Texas. This year, with a following of over 2,500 young Texans, YTAC announces its newest chapter in Amarillo.

Throughout the year, YTAC hosts high-profile fundraisers that have become staple events in the community. “Despite the economy, YTAC has been able to adapt to current conditions and find new sources of fundraising and involvement in the community, said Gordon.” In Houston this past year, YTAC participated in the Chevron Houston Marathon's Run for a Reason program that raised over $40,000. 2010 also boasted the first YTAC Olympics held in January - with over 200 participants. In April, 2011, we will introduce yet another new themed-fundraiser with a local chef competition aptly named “Kiss my Grits.”

In December of 2010, after carefully reviewing over 60 grant applications, the YTAC Charity Selection Committee voted on the 2012 beneficiaries. Two beneficiaries were named: The Methodist Hospital Foundation to develop a Family Resource Center & MD Anderson Cancer Center for Esophageal Cancer Research

To learn more about YTAC, please visit http://www.ytac.org

Press Contacts:
YTAC President
Matthew Gordon
713-254-4403

Houston Chapter
Stephanie Fruge
832-341-3699

Austin Chapter
Brande Bradshaw
512-809-8859

Dallas Chapter
Garrett Holloway
214-986-9158

San Antonio Chapter
Brent Conger
210-315-0220

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