Awards Breakfast

December 1, 2016

8:30 AM Coffee Reception | 9:00 AM Breakfast
Dallas Museum of Art
1717 North Harwood Street
Dallas, TX 75201

Join us for a celebration of hope and life, and help us fund the addition of over 600 potential bone marrow donors.

Since 2011, more than 194,000 Texans have registered as potential lifesavers, and 171 have given patients second chances at life. Each year the Breakfast raises crucial funds in support of these efforts.

The event honors our local Texas heroes during a coffee reception, seated breakfast program and awards ceremony.

Honoring Local Heroes

Lauren Stock
Youth leader & educator

Lauren Stock has made it her personal mission to raise awareness about blood cancer and bone marrow donation since her mother received a lifesaving transplant in 2009. Through her program High School Heroes, Lauren educates students and helps to register eligible 18-year olds to become potential bone marrow donors.

Danielle Stephens
Bone marrow transplant recipient & DKMS advocate

Danielle Stephens received a lifesaving bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with MDS/AML, a rare form of blood cancer. In their search for a donor, Danielle and her community added thousands of people to the national registry. Since her transplant, Danielle has continued to work tirelessly to raise funds and awareness around bone marrow donor registration — all in an effort to save more lives.

Kent Bickley, Brandi Kamper, Jessica & James Novak
Fort Worth Police Department supporters of patient Hallie Barnard

Fort Worth Police Officers have rallied around young patient Hallie Barnard, who suffers from a rare blood disorder called Diamond-Blackfan anemia. The FWPD and the Officers’ Wives Association have organized drives to register potential bone marrow donors, raise awareness and educate the community.

Host Committee

Elyse Barnard
Suzette Plaisance Bryan
Tina Dai
Sallie Groves

Nancy & Mike Kerr
Ashley Miller
Jodie Payton
Amy Roseman

Genna Skolnik
Sindy Smith
Cheryl Weitz
Earl Young


North Texas second grader Hallie Barnard is searching for a match to beat a rare blood disorder, Diamond-Blackfan anemia. Hallie hasn’t let her diagnosis stop her — with strength, courage and a smile, she and her family started the Hallie’s Heroes movement, partnering with DKMS to hold drives and registering over 2,700 potential lifesavers to date.

Patient & Donor Meeting

Ever since Earl Young won his battle against an aggressive form of Acute Myeloid Leukemia, the U.S. Olympic track and field gold medalist has made it his mission to give more blood cancer patients the second chance at life that he was so grateful to receive. Earl got to meet the donor who saved his life at the Awards Breakfast last year.

2016 Awards Breakfast Photos


Thank you to our event sponsors:

Ace Cash Express, Inc.
John & Suzette Plaisance Bryan
Ashley & Robert Cathey
Sallie Groves
Hallie’s Heroes
Kathleen & Benton Rutledge
Sue & Rainer Sautermeister
Danielle & Chad Stephens

For more information, click here for our 2016 Awards Breakfast Sponsorship Deck. Contact Special Events Assistant Charlee Crouse at 212-209-6733 or

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