September 2018
Trial Now Open

Gradalis Inc. has announced the opening of the VIGIL Vaccine Phase III Registration Trial for Ewing sarcoma. This is the same therapy that our own Carley Rutledge received in 2012 when she was the first Ewing patient to enter the Phase I of this trial. We are thrilled for the advancement of this immunotherapy, not only for Ewing patients, but for the many adult and pediatric cancer patients that will benefit from this novel approach if FDA approval is achieved. Earlier phase VIGIL trials are also open for Breast and Ovarian cancers. Read more about the VIGIL Trial here .
Exciting New Collaboration in Sarcoma Research
Exciting new collaboration in Sarcoma Research is taking place between University of North Texas Health Science Center and University of Texas, San Antonio’s Greehey Children’s Cancer Research Institute. Seeing an opportunity to move important research more quickly, Rutledge Foundation Executive Director, Laura Rutledge, introduced Dr. Andreas Lacko’s lab from UNTHSC to Dr. Gregory Aune, at UTSA. The two teams are partnering to develop less toxic, more targeted methods to deliver chemotherapy and other novel drugs to cancer cells and keep healthy organs and tissues safe from devastating short and long term side effects.

Read more here .
Keynote Speaker:
Principal, VIGIL Vaccine Trial
2018 Hearts of Gold Luncheon

Our luncheon is just around the corner on September 20th! We can't wait to share the latest in research with two fabulous speakers. We also have some super exclusive raffle items this year. Travel to beautiful Banff, savor wine in Sonoma or have a private dinner for 8 with chef Marcus Paslay after a cocktail cruise on the historic West Texan!

North Texas Giving Day
In addition to our Hearts of Gold Luncheon date, September 20th is also North Texas Giving Day! If you are not attending, you can still donate to Rutledge Foundation on and your dollar will be stretched by bonus funds and prizes raised by Communities Foundation of Texas.
Mark your calendar to make sure you don't miss out on this
incredible day of giving! 

Beginning September 10th, you can schedule your gift online!
Shooting Out Cancer
October 20th
Abilene Clay Sports
1102 Spur 707
Abilene, TX 79602

Corbin Craft is hosting a Clay Shoot benefiting Rutledge Foundation.
 Fabulous Gifts
for Fabulous People!

 Friday, September 21st
4601 West Fwy

20% will directly benefit the Rutledge Foundation!
Join us November 8th at 6pm for our first ever Top Golf event!

For information on Sponsorships and team sign ups click here

Leading the Path to New Therapies

Meet Alan- hardworking husband and father who has Ewing Sarcoma. After months of annoying back pain, Alan saw numerous chiropractors, doctors and eventually an oncologist who gave him a positive cancer diagnosis. In 2017, he was accepted into the Phase IIb Vigil Vaccine trial. Read about Alan's experience here.
June was Immunotherapy month and June 15th was #whiteoutcancer day. We encouraged all of our community partners to join us by wearing white to show support. A big thank you to our friends at Cook Children's Medical Center (left) and Gulliver's Travel (right) and everyone who participated and helped join the movement!

The Force was With us!

We had a great time with our patients and friends who came out for Rutledge Foundation's Young Adult Night at the Ranger Game on Friday, May 25th. Thanks to MLB’s Commissioner’s Initiative and Rutledge Foundation donors, 56 guests enjoyed cheering the Rangers to victory against the Kansas City Royals.

Rollin' & Bowlin'

AYA Bowling Night at Main Event was held on Saturday, July 28th. Our friends had a great time bowling, playing laser tag, billiards and more! Between spares and strikes, our guests enjoyed a delicious buffet of sliders, fajitas and nachos. After bowling, it was on to laser tag and billiards...

Full story here


Thank you to our young friend Dalya who asked for donations for Carley's Closet in lieu of birthday gifts. We appreciate your kindness and for thinking of others!

Thank you to the Craig Potter Memorial Golf Tournament for donating $2,544.25 to help ease cancer's impact on teens and young adults!

Thank you to Anna Peabody for holding a birthday fundraiser in support of Rutledge Foundation! Anna is fundraising in honor of her friend Chiara who is currently battling Ewing's Sarcoma.

Amon G. Carter Foundation
Sid W. Richardson Foundation
Julie and Glenn Davidson Family Foundation
W.B and Ellen Gordon Stuart Trust
R-4 Foundation
The Ryan Foundation
Walker Strong

We are deeply grateful to our summer grantors. We could not do what we do without the support of organizations like these who help us support our mission.

Welcome new board member Angela Donahue!
Angie graduated from Vanderbilt University in with a BS in Nursing and was an oncology nurse at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago where she met her husband David. David has been pediatric neurosurgeon at Cook Children's Medical Center for the past 22 years. Angie and Dave have three sons, Ben, Kevin and Wyatt; two daughter-in laws and four grandsons. 

In addition to the Rutledge Foundation, Angie has served on and been President of the Boards of Jewel Charity, Ronald McDonald House of Ft Worth, CASA of Tarrant County, Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance, and the Texas Medical Association Alliance. She currently serves on the Board of the Texas Medical Association Foundation and is the President of the Woman’s Board of Cook Children’s Medical Center. Click here to view our leadership.

Carley's Cart at St. Jude
Did you know Rutledge Foundation has a presence at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Nashville? Families staying at Tri Delta Place during their treatment have access to our Carley's Cart, where they can choose from an array of fun and comforting items.

"My daughter was so thrilled to be able to choose an item. It’s amazing what joy a fruit scented pack of nail polish brought her. Thank you!"
Carley's Closet at Medical City Dallas
Our Carley's Closet program now has a presence at Medical City in Dallas! Our liaison Audrey took our first round of comfort bags to social workers and case managers to deliver to AYA Oncology patients. We're thrilled to be able to continue to ease cancer's impact for even more AYA patients!
How Can You Help?

We need a few good shoppers to help with items for Carley's Closet. If you are interested please contact program coordinator Brenda Lammers-

Shop on AmazonSmile and choose Rutledge Foundation as your beneficiary!

Host a GiveBack with your friends at your favorite store or restaurant!

The Rutledge Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization. Tax ID#27-5035852