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Aashik Khakoo, CEO, WOKC; Jackie Thornton and Jenice Dunayer, Gala Chairs; Joe Russo and Dr. Carla Russo, BDO USA LLP; Cindy Brinker Simmons, Founder, WOKC: Regina Bruce and John Pickett, CAPTRUST

Jersey Mike's Subs, Title Sponsor | BDO USA, LLP and CAPTRUST, Presenting Sponsors Continue Their Full Support!

Wipe Out Kids’ Cancer (WOKC) has made the decision to postpone the 2021 40th Anniversary Celebration Gala to April 30, 2022 at the Arts District Mansion.          

Aashik Khakoo, CEO, WOKC said, “Given the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases spreading in Dallas and North Texas and in consideration of the safety and well-being of our many gala guests and sponsors, we have made the difficult decision to postpone.”         

Jenice Dunayer and Jackie Thornton, gala chairs, agree, “This has weighed on our hearts and minds throughout these past few weeks. After consulting with the WOKC executive committee and board of directors and out of respect for our beneficiary, the decision has been made that we move our 40th Anniversary Celebration Gala from its original date of October 16, 2021 to our new date of Saturday, April 30, 2022 at the Arts District Mansion. We are delighted to announce that our Title Sponsor, Jersey Mike’s Subs, Presenting Sponsors BDO USA, LLP and CAPTRUST, along with honorary chairs Peter and Tatiana Cancro, are on board with the date change. We also offer our heartfelt gratitude to those sponsors and underwriters who have affirmed their commitment to WOKC and its mission.  We had such great momentum with strong table and sponsorship support as we were approaching the last six weeks of the gala, but out of an abundance of caution we decided to postpone.”         

WOKC’s commitment to its mission to work relentlessly for the day when cancer is no longer a threat to ANY child will not be deterred. The community’s continued and unwavering support for WOKC is so crucial to its ongoing fundraising needs to conquer this pediatric disease.  There are some exciting events on the immediate horizon beginning in September, which is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, that will give everyone an opportunity to be involved and make a real difference in the lives of  young courageous cancer patients, called Warriors, and their families who are served by WOKC.

We encourage everyone to check out WOKC’s Facebook page @WipeOutKidsCancer and visit the website at for details. For more information, contact Ann Whaley, or call 214-987-4662.

About Wipe Out Kids' Cancer (WOKC):
Wipe Out Kids' Cancer (WOKC) is a Dallas-based nonprofit organization founded in 1980 by Cindy Brinker Simmons in memory of her mother, the late great tennis champion Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly Brinker, who died of cancer at age 34. For four decades, WOKC has been dedicated to eradicating childhood cancer by funding innovative research, education, and treatment. 

WOKC has provided hope to children diagnosed with cancer and their families through multiple social engagement programs ..."medicine for the soul" as parents have described. WOKC has funded $7 million for novel pediatric cancer research projects, which have yielded $22 million in additional grant money over these past 41 years. 

CHILDHOOD CANCER REALITIES: Reported by the National Institutes of Health

* Cancer is the #1 cause of death by disease in children

* 43 children are diagnosed each day with cancer (1 every 30 minutes) in the U.S.: and 1 out of 8 children will not survive

* Nearly 60% of those who survive will have long-lasting chronic health conditions as adults

Photo by Danny Campbell 

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