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Lyda Hill Philanthropies gives ACS $4.6M to launch Mission: HPV Cancer Free Texas

Lyda Hill Philanthropies is donating $4.6 million to support the American Cancer Society's campaign to reduce  HPV-related cancers in 26 counties in North Texas. Visit its website.

Mission: HPV Cancer Free Texas is a three-year project focused on increasing preteen vaccination rates through key community and health system partnerships; evidence-based health care provider interventions; engaging state-level coalitions to increase availability and utilization of the HPV vaccine; and a public campaign. The goal is to have 80 percent of 13-year-old boys and girls in the targeted counties fully vaccinated with HPV vaccine by 2026.

Just  under 40% of Texas children aged 13-17 have received the complete vaccination, which includes  two shots. That’s below the national average of 49% and ranks 44th among the 50 states. The share in Dallas County is 36%, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Approximately 3,070 Texans are diagnosed every year with cancer caused by HPV. HPV infection is known to cause six different types of cancer including cervical and throat cancer. While HPV is very common, and most HPV infections go away on their own, there is no way to know if an infection will lead to cancer. 

On June 7, the South Division is following up this major gift announcement with a forum in Arlington called Take a Shot! North Texas HPV Forum. It will be an important step in providing community healthcare providers with information on how to prevent HPV-related cancers, how to eliminate vaccine hesitancy, and how to reach an 80% completion rate by 2026. 

“Cancer impacts us all, and we are fortunate to have a vaccine that is known to prevent six types of cancer," said Lyda Hill, founder of Lyda Hill Philanthropies. “We are enthusiastic to support the American Cancer Society’s Mission: HPV Cancer Free Texas effort to reduce the burden of HPV-related cancer across our community by increasing vaccination rates.”

Ms. Hill is a Dallas entrepreneur, philanthropist, and chairman of LH Capital, Inc., a private investment firm.  Through her for-profit and not-for-profit investments, Ms. Hill is committed to funding game-changing advances in science and nature, to empowering nonprofit organizations, and to improving the local communities of greatest importance to her: North Texas and Colorado Springs.

Read much more in this Dallas News article.

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