An iconic Hollywood star has a special connection to Fort Worth, and it brought something good in the fight against cancer this weekend.
The John Wayne Grit series debuted in the historic stockyards of Fort Worth. Five hundred runners and walkers showed their courage in the fight against cancer in a 5 km event that raised nearly $ 70,000 for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.
The legendary actor conquered lung cancer but died 15 years later of stomach cancer in 1979. During his own struggle, he became passionate about helping others fight the disease, and his family created the non-profit association in 1985.
âThey were trying experimental treatments on him and he said, keep trying and whatever you learn can help other people. And he looked at us kids, and he said, ‘I want you to use my name for helping doctors fight cancer, “” his son Ethan Wayne told NBC 5. “John Wayne is responsible for the sentinel biopsy technique, germs for immunotherapy, vaccine therapy, antibodies monoclonal; much of this technology was developed at John Wayne. “
The foundation focuses on research, a scholarship program that has trained more than 200 doctors, community support, and an education program to teach children about skin cancer protection and prevention. Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in Lubbock is one of the foundation’s most recent scholarship partners.
Ethan Wayne shares this legacy in an exhibit that honors his father’s personal and professional life as well as the American values ââhe cherished. John Wayne: an American experience opened earlier this year in Stockyards.
The family shared photos and never-before-seen memories of Wayne’s childhood in Iowa where he was born Marion Morrison during a 50-year career that featured him in nearly 200 films.
âMy dad had an important cinematic legacy, and we knew there was a lot of fan interest in seeing his personal and professional items that we were storing, a pretty big archive that we’ve been dealing with for a long time, and we searched all over the country for the right place to put it, “Ethan Wayne said.” And nothing seemed to suit him “until he met two men deeply involved in the Fort Worth Stockyards.
Ethan Wayne came to visit the site, listened to the plans, and made the decision to house the collection in Fort Worth. âIt is basically the hub of the Western way of life,â he said.