Staff report March 25, 2019
Rowlett High School student Jacob Pumphrey, 15, is a featured model in the Children’s Cancer Fund Gala “An Evening in the Garden,” where hope blooms in an enchanted garden filled with miraculous stories of survival on April 26 at the Hilton Anatole Dallas. The event begins with a silent auction and VIP reception at 6 p.m. followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. Chair Kimberly Schlegel Whitman joins longtime Honorary Co-Chairs Roger Staubach and Troy Aikman to kick off the evening. The event is expected to raise more than $1 million to support pediatric cancer research and treatment programs at Children's Health and UT Southwestern. Staubach, who has been involved all 31 years, and Aikman, now in his 22nd year, join other celebrities and sponsors as runway escorts for 25 featured pediatric cancer patients, ages 4-16, who model fashions by Dillard’s for the annual fashion show, produced by RSC Show Productions. Upon arrival, guests will be transported into a lush garden setting, complete with a floral swing and a gift card tree – all designed and created by GRO Events and Design. The evening will conclude with dancing and entertainment, provided by DJ Souljah and a violin accompanist.
In September of 2017, Pumphrey was diagnosed with a germinoma brain tumor. A germinoma is a type of germ cell tumor that is most commonly found in the brain. Pumphrey underwent proton therapy and is doing well. He continues to have MRIs every three months. Pumphrey is in the ninth grade at Rowlett High School. His motto is, “Work hard in silence. Let your success be the noise.” He enjoys sports and working out, and his dream is to become a professional basketball or baseball player. One day he hopes to go on an African safari so he can see the animals in their natural habitat. “I am looking forward to the gala and meeting new people,” Pumphrey said.
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