What oxygen is to lungs, such is hope to the meaning of life - Emil Brunner

HOPE Award Recipients

HOPE award recipients were celebrated at the Houston Lone Star Huddle Up. These awards go to patients, friends of the foundation or community members who contribute time, service, heart and passion to the cause. There are also HOPE awards given to those in the medical field for their collaborative efforts to bring awareness to lung cancer, as well as, their work in the medical field.

Dr. Lauren Byers, MD
HOPE Award Winner

Stephen G. Swisher, MD
HOPE Award Winner

Courtney Eidman
HOPE Award Winner


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Did You Know?

Learn the Facts about Lung Cancer

Nearly 80% of new lung cancer cases are former and never smokers

Lung cancer accounts for 27% of all cancer deaths

The survival rate of lung cancer is only 17%

Only 6% of federal dollars spent on cancer research are spent on lung cancer research

Rexanna's Story


Rexanna Hawkins, 49, died of lung cancer on June 21, 2006. Never a smoker, Rexanna found out she had lung cancer on April 21, 2006.

Rexanna impacted so many in the short time she was at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. One was Dr. Daniel Karp, her doctor. Dr. Karp was inspired by Rexanna’s sheer enthusiasm and fight to beat the cancer even with the dismal odds. Dr. Daniel Karp now serves as the Medical Advisor to Rexanna’s Foundation.

Rexanna believed God had a plan – she just had no idea at the time what the plan was – but she had faith and hope. Today we have the opportunity for Rexanna’s memory to make a difference in the lives of so many. Rexanna coached from 1979 until she passed. She coached girls volleyball, track and golf. She worked in school districts in Abilene,TX; Refugio, TX, and finished 18 years as Lake Travis Middle School Athletic Director in Austin, TX.

Known for her fiery spirit, competitiveness, huge heart and loyalty – Rexanna impacted many former students, coaches, colleagues, and friends not to mention the future lives her wishes of giving back will impact through the creation of Rexanna’s Foundation.