Save The Date To March For Babies

       HOUSTON, March 24, 2017 – Thousands of families and local business leaders will join together on this spring across the Houston area for the 2017 March for Babies, the nation’s oldest fundraising walk, which helps more babies survive and thrive.

This year’s Houston Ambassador Family is the O’Brien family. Leanne and Kieran were excited about becoming parents in 2015 and looking forward to starting their family.  But their baby twins, Remy and Ronan were born at 28 weeks weighing 3 pounds 2 ounces and 2 pounds 3 ounces, respectively, when Leanne was diagnosed with preeclampsia. Leanne was unconscious for four days and nearly lost her life due to complications while the twins spent their first 140 days fighting for life in a hospital Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  Today, the O’Brien family is dedicated to making sure other parents don’t have to experience the same trauma.

Cris Daskevich, senior vice president of Texas Children’s Hospital and Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, serves as the 2017 Houston March for Babies chair. “For the past 20 years, my career has focused on improving care for mothers and babies. Texas Children’s mission is to provide the best possible patient care, education and research to advance the health of all women and children” said Daskevich. “As a mother, I am delighted to serve in this important role to raise awareness and funds to support the March of Dimes and our shared vision of preventing birth defects and premature birth.”

Houston-area residents can sign up today at to start a team with co-workers, family or friends; or make a donation to help more babies get a healthy start in life. Local event details are as follows:

  • Houston: April 23, University of Houston, Registration 8 a.m. Walk Start 9 a.m.
  • Fort Bend: April 29, Constellation Field, Registration 8 a.m. Walk Start 9 a.m.

“March for Babies is a memorable and rewarding event for the whole family,” says Daskevich. “We will celebrate children and parents who experienced the NICU by recognizing these families throughout the day with a purple superhero cape for NICU graduates and a symbolic lei for mom and dad. The event will also feature a birthday party celebrating the 5th anniversary of Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, loads of fun in the kids zone and a variety of food trucks.”

“This year for the first time, participants will have the opportunity to walk through our Memory Mile and visit our unforgettable March for Babies Memory Garden. Those who have experienced loss will find a meaningful way to remember their baby by planting a flower in our butterfly garden,” she says.

Premature birth is the leading cause of death among babies in the United States. It affects about 380,000 babies – that’s 1 in 10 — born each year, including 40,992 in Texas. Funds raised by March for Babies in the Houston area support March of Dimes programs such as Healthy Babies are Worth the Wait, NICU family support and local research grants that provide comfort and support for moms, babies and their families.

The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites and If you have been affected by prematurity or birth defects, visit our community to find comfort and support. For detailed national, state and local perinatal statistics, visit Find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

The 2017 March for Babies is sponsored nationally by Kmart, Famous Footwear, Macy’s, Cigna, HCA, and regional sponsor Publix Super Markets, Inc. In our community, March for Babies is sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital Pavilion for Women, H-E-B, The Woman’s Hospital of Texas, Reliant, Community Health Choice and KPRC-TV.

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By Keith Randall, Texas A&M University Marketing and Communications 

COLLEGE STATION, March 23, 2017 – CC, the first-ever cloned cat and perhaps the most well-known feline in the world, recently turned 15 years old and she appears to have most of her nine lives ahead of her, according to her owner and the man who helped clone her at Texas A&M University in 2002.

Duane Kraemer, senior professor in the Reproduction Sciences Lab at Texas A&M’s College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences, says CC – short for Copy Cat – made the record books in several categories.  She became the first cloned cat following 87 attempts 15 years ago, and she also became the first cloned cat to become a mother – she has three offspring that were born 11 years ago, all of them still alive and doing well.

“One of the big concerns that critics of cloning had was that cloned animals would suffer health problems and not live as long as non-cloned animals,” Kraemer explains.

“CC proved that theory was wrong.  She is in good health and her kittens all turned out to be healthy, normal cats.”

CC has lived with Kraemer and his wife Shirley, who adopted CC, for the past 15 years, along with Smokey, CC’s mate.

“She’s been a great cat and a great mother. CC has been a real joy for us the past 15 years,” adds Kraemer, an admitted cat lover.

It’s believed Texas A&M has cloned more animal species than any institution in the world.  Successful cloning of six species have included cats, horses, pigs, goats, cattle and deer.  Kraemer was involved in the cloning of the cat and deer.

Once a headline-making endeavor, animal cloning has slowed considerably in recent years.

Several private companies now own the rights to some key cloning technologies, plus the expense of cloning – it can often run into the hundreds of thousands of dollars – have limited cloning efforts.

“Pet cloning of dogs and cats is still being done in Canada, and some former Texas A&M students are actively doing this work,” Kraemer notes.

As for CC, Kraemer says she is content with her life in a two-story custom-built house made especially for her and her offspring, and she has mastered the art of cat naps.

The Highflyers Jump Rope Team based in Katy, TX will host the USA Jump Rope Region 4 Tournament at Cinco Ranch Junior High School, Katy on April 22, 2017.

The Region 4 Tournament is a qualifier for the US National Championships for teams within Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana and East Texas.  The National Championship will be held in June / July 2017 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports facility in Orlando, Florida with attendance from jump rope teams from across the country.

Participants will compete in speed, power and freestyle events as individuals, pairs and as teams of three or four.

This is the first time the Highflyers will host the Region 4 tournament.

The Highflyers Jump Rope Team, founded in 2000, is a competitive and performance youth jump rope team. The team consists of approximately 25 jumpers ranging from 8 to 16 years old from the Katy, Alief, Richmond and Houston areas.  The Highflyers, as a member team of USA Jump Rope, participate in three major competitions – USA. Jump Rope Regional and National Tournaments plus the International Rope Skipping Championships.  In addition, the team has participated in several local camps and workshops, plus the team fulfills various performances and shows throughout the year.

KATY, TX -March 22, 2017- The Ballard Foundation has announced that it will donate $2 million to The Ballard House-Katy for an expansion of their existing location.

Katy’s Ballard House provides patients battling life-threatening or critical illnesses, along with their families and caregivers, Texas-sized hospitality in a home away from home environment. “We are so grateful for this generous gift and wish to express our sincere gratitude to The Ballard Foundation and the entire Katy area for their continued support,” stated Kathy Alt, The Ballard House Director.

Families come from around the world travel to stay at The Ballard House, and once there can create bonds and friendships with those who are going through similar life experiences. The expanded facilities at The Ballard House-Katy will allow the local non-profit organization a chance to help more families in need.

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Ann Graves

Richmond, TX…OakBend Medical Center is pleased to announce that Anne Graves, the hospital’s medical staff coordinator has achieved her certification as a Certified Professional in Medical Staff Management (CPMSM) from the Certification Commission of National Association of Medical Staff Services.

Graves took the CPMSM exam during a weekend late last year and after 175 multiple choice questions, two hours later and completion of the exam, she successfully passed.  She just recently received her certification papers.

The CPMSM exam focuses on the management role in the medical staff services field as follows:

Credentialing and Privileging – Develop, Manage, Conduct and Maintain Credentialing and Privileging Processes (38% content)

Ongoing Monitoring and Compliance – Regulatory Requirements, Accreditation Standards and Organizational Policies and Procedures (27% content)

Department Operations – Budget, Staffing, Reports, Minutes, Robert’s Rules of Order, Preparation of Materials for Meetings (agendas, minutes, follow-up) (20% content)

System Management – Work Independently, Collaborating with Others, Critical Thinking, Develop policies and applicable tools (15% content)

To achieve the CPMSM Certification coupled with the Certified Provider Credentialing Specialist (CPCS) Certification that Anne obtained in October 2013 is a huge professional accomplishment. In the field of Medical Staff Professionals having dual certification is an achievement that is not ordinary.  Dual certification is often seen in very large hospital systems and/or held by consultants in the field.

“We are proud of Anne’s new certification,” stated Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center, “she has gone beyond her job requirements to become a dual certified professional in Medical Staff Services and we are honored to have her as an employee.”

According to Graves, “I believe this is another example of the type of quality service OakBend Medical Center strives to retain for our patients, physicians and community.”


About OakBend Medical Center

OakBend Medical Center is an independent, nonprofit community hospital based in Fort Bend County, providing quality care and exemplary service with its three full-service hospitals, as well as many specialty centers. As a community hospital, caring for our patients is personal. Our patients are our neighbors, our family, and our friends. We act with integrity and compassion, each of our staff takes ownership of providing the highest quality care and we have an absolute commitment to excellence in all that we do. 

OakBend Medical Center distinguishes itself among its healthcare peers in Fort Bend County by housing several unique programs and facilities including the County’s only:

  • No Wait Emergency Room
  • 5-Star Hospital-based Skilled Nursing Facility
  • Neonatal ICU with the capacity to care for babies up to 12 weeks premature
  • Advanced Trauma Program
  • Acute Care for the Elderly (ACE) Unit
  • Geriatric Psychiatric Program
  • Permanent Hospital-based Air Ambulance 

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An exciting new contest in Texas is encouraging both individual residents and entire employee groups statewide to lose weight, get healthy and win huge cash prizes for their effort. The HealthyWage “Work Healthier Challenge,” developed in partnership with IT’S TIME TEXAS, is encouraging participants to stay on track toward their weight and financial goal with weekly nutrition and fitness tips as well as fun and motivating activities. Together, IT’S TIME TEXAS and HealthyWage will encourage and equip employers throughout Texas with the resources to get their employees to reduce costly lifestyle health risks that lead to chronic obesity-related diseases such as diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

The challenge is an initiative of statewide nonprofit IT’S TIME TEXAS, which is dedicated to dramatically improving the landscape of health and wellness in Texas through free resources such as mobile apps, web-based health initiatives and a bilingual health coaching hotline. The Work Healthier Challenge, a turnkey, team-based health improvement challenge in partnership with weight-loss wagering industry pioneer  HealthyWage–the world’s leading purveyor of corporate and team-based weight loss challenges and financially-induced diet contests for individuals, will make an impact on the growing obesity epidemic.

During the Work Healthier Challenge, teams of 5 will compete for the greatest percentage of weight lost between the May 1st through July 24th  period. Each participant pays less than $25 per month as a registration fee for a chance to win extraordinary cash prizes: the top-performing team will win $10,000; second place will win $5,000; and third place will win $3,000—with the cash awards funded independently and guaranteed by HealthyWage. In addition, contest participants will qualify for additional prizes even beyond the contest period if they keep their weight off after 6-months. HealthyWage is providing a full reimbursement of the participant entry fee if they lose 10% of their starting weight 6-months after the end of the challenge.

In addition to those participating at an individual level, employers (municipalities, school districts, companies, etc.) will also participate in the WORK HEALTHIER CHALLENGE in a “Company vs. Company” division where they compete against other organizations throughout the region in an attempt to have their employees lose the most weight and gain the most money. Participating companies in the Challenge include dozens of employers in the State such as Austin ISD, Halliburton, TechnipFMC, and Dallas Area Rapid Tranist. Registration for companies to participate is open until May 14th, 2017.

Each participant weighs in at the beginning and end of the contest.  During the initiative, participants receive content from and weekly challenges designed to help the participants stay motivated and maximize their weight-loss success. To help employees get healthy and fit, the program will also use unique and proven proprietary tools developed by HealthyWage.

Approximately 70% of Texas adults are overweight or obese, and 23%–29% having metabolic syndrome (MetS). Current estimates suggest that obese people spend 42% more on healthcare costs than healthy weight people (ACAP Health). Building a healthier workplace is the right move for employers.

“Our financial incentive-based approach to motivate weight loss is proven effective,” says HealthyWage co-founder Jimmy Fleming. “In fact, participants in previous cash prize-fueled HealthyWage team contests have lost on average 5% of their body weight. Like other contests throughout the United States, the WORK HEALTHIER program will be a fun and effective way to mobilize the community around health and wellness.”

Those interested in learning more and registering for the Work Healthier Challenge may do so online at

About HealthyWage™
Industry-leading health and wellness, HealthyWage, provides cash incentives, social and expert-based support, tools and resources, and goal-setting and tracking technologies to address our nation’s obesity epidemic and improve America’s collective health.  HealthyWage is at the forefront of the weight wagering movement, having formally created competitive, cash-fueled programs for more than 90 Fortune 500 and other companies, hospitals, health systems, insurers, school systems, municipal governments and other organizations throughout the U.S., and their program has been more informally run at more than 3,000 companies and organizations.  The company was founded in response to academic research that proves even small cash rewards triple the effectiveness of weight-loss programs; that people are more effective at losing weight when their own money is at risk; and that social networks play a large role in the spread of obesity, and will likely play a large role in reversing obesity.  Learn more online at

IT’S TIME TEXAS, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is a statewide organization focused on dramatically improving the landscape of health and wellness in Texas. Their free programs, tools, and services leverage innovative technology and harness the collective power of Texas’ leading agencies, institutions, organizations, and companies to empower Texans to lead healthier lives and build healthier communities. Simply put, they make healthy easier in the Lone Star State. Learn more at

About Work Healthier
Work Healthier is a program of IT’S TIME TEXAS established as a resource to assist employers, of any size, to improve the health and well-being of their employees and their families. Work Healthier has an array of resources and solutions that will improve any health and wellness program aimed to add value to organizations as well as help improve the overall health of the communities organizations serve. Learn more at .


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Katy Community ‘Chip Clinic (KCCC) heads west March 25 and April 8 to offer the communities of Fulshear and Simonton $5.00 microchips with free, lifetime registration! A microchip helps to ensure that if a pet escapes its home, it can easily be traced back to its family via the microchip! Pet owners do not need to reside in Fulshear or Simonton to take advantage of this deal. KCCC is a group of passionate pet lovers, comprised of volunteers working together through online communities* to help lost pets find their way home. KCCC encourages ALL pets to be collared, I.D. tagged with address & phone number, and microchipped with updated and registered information. Microchipping is a FREE CALL HOME FOR LIFE should your pet be picked up and taken to a shelter. If you love ’em, ‘CHIP ‘EM!

Please note that the clinic is CASH ONLY and pet owners MUST bring paperwork showing current rabies vaccinations, and MUST have a valid email address. If the pet owner does not have one, it is requested that a relative or friend be asked if theirs may be utilized.

Katy Community ‘Chip Clinic at Fulshear Farmer’s Market

Saturday, March 25 at 9 AM – 1 PM

Bois D Arc @ FM-1093, Fulshear, Texas 77441

Simonton Pet Health & Wellness Day

Saturday, April 8 at 10 AM – 1 PM

In front of Simonton City Hall

50011 FM 1093, Simonton, Texas 77476

For more information on these events, or to see the upcoming calendar, please follow the group at:

* Aliana Lost & Found Pet Network; Alief Lost & Found Pets; Bradford Park Lost & Found Pet Network; Cinco Ranch Area Lost & Found Pet Network; Firethorne Lost & Found Pet Network; Grand Lakes 4 Pets Lost & Found; Grand Mission Area Lost & Found Pet Network; Grand Vista Lost & Found Pet Network; Lakes of Bella Terra Lost & Found Pet Network; Lakemont Area Lost and Found Pet Network; Lost and Found Pets in Estates of Highland Creek; Lost Creek Lost & Found Pet Network; Katy, Texas Lost & Found Pets; Mission Bend Lost & Found Pet Network; Mission Oaks Lost & Found Pet Network; Mission Sierra Lost & Found Pet Network; Mission Trace Lost & Found Pet Network; Parkway Lakes Village Lost & Found Pets; South East Katy, Texas Lost and Found Pet Network; Twin Oaks Lost & Found Pet Network; Waterview Estates Lost & Found Pets;West Oaks Village Lost & Found Pets

Additionally, if there is an opportunity to develop our events into PSAs, please let us know what would be needed to do so! We are currently working on establishing 501c-3 status.

AUSTIN — The Texas Health and Human Services Commission (HHSC) has announced it will award up to $10 million in grant funds to 20 community collaboratives located across the state to assist Texas veterans and their families struggling with mental health issues.

These grant funds, awarded as part of HHSC’s Texas Veterans + Family Alliance grant program, are intended to improve the quality of life of Texas veterans and their families by supporting local Texas communities across the state to expand the availability of, increase access to, and enhance the delivery of mental health treatment and services.

The program was established by Sen. Jane Nelson’s Senate Bill 55, which provides $20 million in state funds over the 2016-2017 biennium to be matched with local and private funds by grantees demonstrating commitment to addressing mental health needs of veterans and families living in their communities.

“As the daughter of a World War II veteran, I am a big believer in this program because it brings the state, local organizations, and the private sector together to meet the specific needs of veterans in their communities. These grant projects are going to make it easier for veterans and their families to access the mental health services they need,” Sen. Nelson said.

Projecting to serve more than 10,000 veterans and family members in total with grant-supported services, the following organizations have been selected as apparent awardees and will begin providing services pending execution of contracts:

  • Andrews Center – proposing to serve Henderson, Rains, Smith, Van Zandt and Wood counties
  • Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Plainview Lodge #1175 – proposing to serve Bailey, Briscoe, Castro, Floyd, Hale, Lamb, Motley, Parmer and Swisher counties
  • Bluebonnet Trails Community Services – proposing to serve Bastrop, Burnet, Caldwell, Fayette, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Lee and Williamson counties
  • City of Houston – proposing to serve Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Jefferson, Montgomery, Orange, Walker and Waller counties
  • Dallas Metrocare Services – Equine – proposing to serve Collin, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fannin, Grayson, Hunt, Kaufman, Rockwall and Tarrant counties
  • Dallas Metrocare Services – Expansion – proposing to serve Archer, Baylor, Callahan, Camp, Clay, Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Delta, Denton, Eastland, Ellis, Fannin, Franklin, Grayson, Henderson, Hood, Hopkins, Hunt, Jack, Johnson, Kaufman, Lamar, Montague, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rains, Red River, Rockwall, Smith, Stephens, Tarrant, Throckmorton, Titus, Van Zandt, Wise, Wood and Young counties
  • Dallas Metrocare Services – Traumatic Brain Injury – proposing to serve Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant and Wise counties
  • Easter Seals Central Texas – proposing to serve Bastrop, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties
  • Ecumenical Center – proposing to serve Bee, Nueces and San Patricio counties
  • Family Endeavors, Inc. – proposing to serve Bell, Burnet, Coryell, Falls, Lampasas, McLennan, Milam and Williamson counties
  • Mental Health America of Greater Tarrant County – proposing to serve Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Hood, Johnson, Palo Pinto, Parker, Somervell, Tarrant and Wise counties
  • MHMR Services for the Concho Valley – proposing to serve Coke, Concho, Crockett, Irion, McCulloch, Reagan, Schleicher, Sterling and Tom Green counties
  • Resource Recovery Council – proposing to serve Cooke, Denton, Parker, Tarrant and Wise counties
  • Scott & White Memorial Hospital – proposing to serve Bell, Coryell, Hill, McLennan, Travis and Williamson counties
  • Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center – proposing to serve Bailey, Borden, Castro, Cochran, Crosby, Dawson, Dickens, Floyd, Gaines, Garza, Hale, Hockley, Lamb, Lubbock, Lynn, Motley, Parmer, Swisher, Terry and Yoakum counties
  • United Way of Denton County – proposing to serve Denton County
  • University of Texas at Austin – proposing to serve Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Bosque, Brazos, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Coryell, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Grimes, Hamilton, Hays, Hill, Lampasas, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Llano, Madison, McLennan, Milam, Mills, Robertson, San Saba, Travis, Washington and Williamson counties
  • University of Texas at Dallas Center for BrainHealth – proposing to serve Collin, Cooke, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Erath, Fannin, Grayson, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell, Tarrant and Wise counties
  • University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio – Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Project – proposing to serve Anderson, Andrews, Angelina, Aransas, Atascosa, Bandera, Bastrop, Bee, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Borden, Bowie, Brazos, Brewster, Brooks, Brown, Burnet, Caldwell, Cameron, Camp, Cass, Cherokee, Cochran, Coke, Comal, Concho, Cooke, Crane, Crosby, Dawson, Delta, DeWitt, Dickens, Dimmitt, Duval, Ector, Edwards, Ellis, El Paso, Fannin, Fayette, Franklin, Frio, Gaines, Galveston, Garza, Grayson, Gillespie, Glasscock, Goliad, Gonzales, Gregg, Guadalupe, Hale, Harris, Harrison, Hays, Henderson, Hidalgo, Hockley, Hopkins, Howard, Irion, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jim Hogg, Jim Wells, Jones, Karnes, Kendall, Kenedy, Kent, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, Kleberg, Lamar, Lamb, La Salle, Lee, Leon, Live Oak, Llano, Loving, Lubbock, Lynn, Mario, Martin, Maverick, McLennan, McMullen, Medina, Midland, Mitchell, Montgomery, Morris, Nueces, Panola, Pecos, Potter, Rains, Randall, Reagan, Real, Red River, Reeves, Refugio, Rusk, San Patricio, Scurry, Smith, Starr, Sterling, Taylor, Terry, Titus, Tom Green, Travis, Upshur, Upton, Uvalde, Val Verde, Van Zandt, Victoria, Ward, Webb, Willacy, Williamson, Wilson, Winkler, Wood, Yoakum, Zapata and Zavala counties
  • University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio – Strong Star – proposing to serve Atascosa, Austin, Bandera, Bastrop, Bell, Bexar, Blanco, Brazoria, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Cameron, Chambers, Collin, Colorado, Comal, Dallas, Denton, Ellis, Fort Bend, Frio, Galveston, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Harris, Hays, Hidalgo, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Lampasas, LaSalle, Lee, Liberty, Llano, Mason, Matagorda, McCulloch, Medina, Montgomery, Parker, Rockwall, San Saba, Somervell, Starr, Tarrant, Travis, Uvalde, Walker, Waller, Washington, Wharton, Willacy, Williamson, Wilson and Wise counties

Veterans and family members seeking assistance and services should contact the service provider directly.

For more information on accessing behavioral health services in Texas, please visit

For more information on services for Texas veterans, families, and their survivors please visit  For immediate assistance, please call 2-1-1 or (800) 252-VETS.

Veterans and family members can also access services on their smart phones through the Texas Veterans App.  The app can be downloaded by using the search feature in the Google Play or the App Store or at these links:


Texas Children’s Hospital Patients Max Smith and Dorian Ross during Grand Prix Competitions on Family Nights March 25 and April 1

The 72nd Pin Oak Charity Horse Show presented by PJP Farm and Irish Day Farm is recognizing two Texas Children’s Hospital patients as Pin Oak’s 2017 “Honored Heroes.” Max Smith and Dorian Ross, along with their family members, will be special guests of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show on Grand Prix Saturdays, March 25 and April 1. The horse show runs March 22 through April 2 at The Great Southwest Equestrian Center located at 2501 South Mason Road in Katy.
Max Smith, 7, is the Week 1 Honored Hero for the $30,000 Amalaya Investments and Oasis Petroleum Grand Prix event on Saturday, March 25. Doors open at 6 p.m. The event begins at 7 p.m. Dorian Ross, 8, is the Week II Honored Hero for the $30,000 Hildebrand Fund Grand Prix event on Saturday, April 1. Doors open at 6 p.m., this event also begins at 7 p.m.
Most events during the two-week horse show are free and open to the public. General admission tickets are available ($10 for adults and free for children 12 and under) for Grand Prix competitions on Saturdays, March 25 and April 1, and for the prestigious United States Hunter Jumper Association (USHJA) International

Max Smith

Hunter Derby on Friday, March 31. In addition to its featured Grand Prix competitions on each Saturday of the two-week horse show, The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is hosting Family Nights on Saturdays, March 25 and April 1, from 4 to 9 p.m. in the main covered arena. Children attending Family Nights with an adult chaperone will have access to free coloring books and crayons, popcorn and cotton candy, face painting, Pin Oak toy ponies, and visits with therapy ponies and miniature horses. Picnic baskets and coolers are welcome (glass containers are not allowed). Food trucks and a concession stand will also be available. Doors open at 4 p.m. with Grand Prix show jumping competition beginning at 7 p.m. Admission for adults is $10 per person. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Parking is free.
For tickets, please contact the Pin Oak office at 713-621-6290 or purchase online at
About the Heroes
Max Smith is a happy seven-year-old boy today. When he was four years old, he began to behave differently, his mother’s intuition knew something was wrong. Tests indicated that his blood sugar level was high, and Max was transferred to Texas Children’s Hospital where he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.
Max stayed in the hospital for one week, and he and his family learned about controlling his diabetes. Today, Max continues to learn about his condition and knows the foods he can and cannot eat. He continues to visit Texas Children’s Hospital every three months for check-ups and maintains a positive outlook on everything he has encountered.
Three years have passed since Max’s diagnosis, and he is enjoying life. He recently celebrated
his seventh birthday and spends most of his time with his family and all of his pets—two monkeys, two cats and a snake! He also loves all things football and says that JJ Watt is his hero.
Almost one year ago, Dorian Ross, 8, was taken to an emergency room with a high fever. Showing no other symptoms, he returned to school once his fever subsided, but it wasn’t long before his fever returned. Dorian was then taken to Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus and later transported to Texas Children’s Hospital Main Campus, where he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He began chemotherapy the following day.

Dorian Ross

After his diagnosis, Dorian stood strong. His mom describes him as an “old soul” who is wise beyond his years. He would even bargain when it came to his procedures—“if you buy me a horse, I’ll let you”—he would tell his mother. Dorian loves animals, especially horses and foxes.
Today, he is on his way to better health. He celebrated his eighth birthday in December and spends his days with his family and his three dogs. He even has a ‘job’ at a local water supply store and enjoys putting labels on the bottles. Dorian makes friends wherever he goes and looks forward to owning a horse one day.
New this year are “Family Nights at The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show,” which will be hosted from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturdays, March 25 and April 1. With the purchase of an adult general admission ticket for $10 per person, children 12 and under will be admitted free on Family Nights. Children and their adult chaperones will have access to a wide range of complimentary treats, giveaways, and activities that include popcorn and cotton candy; Pin Oak coloring books, crayons and toy ponies; face painting; visits with Shetland therapy ponies and miniature horses. For a small donation, Pin Oak visitors will have the opportunity to pose with various equestrian-themed backdrops in the Catch the Moment photo booth sponsored by Stalker Energy and engage a caricature artist to sketch a stylized image of themselves. Featured entertainment includes the world famous Catalena Cowgirls, Houston Highlanders Bagpipe and Drum Corps, and the Wells Fargo Stage Coach (April 1 only.

McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is the only Texas site for a Phase III clinical trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of an investigational medication called CM-AT to treat the symptoms of autism in children ages 3 to 8.

The principal investigator of the Texas site for the Blüm Study is Deborah A. Pearson, Ph.D., professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. Autism is a growing epidemic with recent estimates that one in every 68 children is diagnosed with this disorder. Unfortunately, researchers have not yet identified a definitive cause of the disorder or a medication to treat the symptoms. Pearson’s center is dedicated to researching the causes, characteristics and treatments of autism.

There are growing observations that children with autism experience gastrointestinal symptoms. Recently, children with autism have been found to have low levels of an enzyme needed for protein digestion. When the human body does not adequately break down proteins, it may lack essential amino acids, which are critical building blocks for the production of neurotransmitters. This can affect overall brain development and function.

The Blüm Study is a 14-week, placebo-controlled research study using CM-AT for children ages 3 to 8 with autism. CM-AT is a proprietary blend of digestive enzymes designed to treat the symptoms of autism and is formulated to be released in the small intestine to potentially improve their digestion.

“With proper protein digestion, children with autism have the potential to improve their access to the substances necessary for proper brain development and function,” Pearson said.

The drug has no taste and comes in a powder form so it is sprinkled on food three times a day. The Blüm study involves no needles and no pills.

For more information about enrollment, call 713-486-2591.