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McALLEN, RGV – IBC Bank has just turned 50. To coincide with the anniversary, the bank has launched a campaign to raise money for cancer research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

The End Cancer Campaign was launched on June 15 in all 206 IBC Bank branches in Texas and Oklahoma.

Since its founding in1941, MD Anderson Cancer Center has worked on improving the lives of cancer patients and erasing cancer completely. The center’s 7-decade dedication to cancer research has recently been noted by U.S. News & World Report, ranking it as #1 for cancer care. The center’s overall goal is to end cancer and make it history.

“We have 22,000 employees at MD Anderson and we firmly believe that we are going to get rid of this disease. Our patients are our heroes,” DeDe DeStefano, executive director of corporate alliances for MD Anderson Cancer Center, told the Rio Grande Guardian.

The face of the partnership that will be posted throughout the duration of the campaign is that of MD Anderson cancer patient and survivor, Sabrina Dominguez. Dominguez was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a type of brain cancer, at the age of 16. Sabrina is now a student at the University of Texas A&M and is helping as the face of this fight against cancer.

“You can’t, for one second, let cancer win,” Sabrina Dominguez, cancer survivor said, in a video shown at IBC Bank’s McAllen headquarters.

The End Cancer Campaign encourages the public to donate in any IBC Bank or on the MD Anderson Cancer Center website, www.mdanderson.org/ibc. The End Cancer Campaign will last from June to August 31.

The donations made throughout that time will be matched dollar for dollar by IBC. IBC Bank CEO Dennis E. Nixon is said to want to write a check for at least $1 million dollars.

Every single penny raised will go to research and none to administration. As a gift, every person who donates throughout the campaign will receive a card with Sabrina Dominguez’ story on it in which they will be able to write a tribute to a loved one. All cards will be displayed at each IBC Bank branch location.

“IBC Bank has been a proud supporter of MD Anderson for many years and encourages the communities we serve to become an MD Anderson supporter as well,” said Nixon.