About Us

Rexanna’s Foundation’s mission is to support and engage in activities focused on increasing the survival rate of lung cancer patients

Our
Purpose

To raise funds for lung cancer research and education at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center.

To raise awareness of the need for continued research.

To provide patient and family support.

To promote early detection and prevention.

To provide hope for individuals facing lung cancer.

To provide educational support to raise awareness and reduce smoking rates among children and young adults.

To influence local, state and federal policy regarding funding for lung cancer research.

To pursue other endeavors to make a positive impact on lung cancer research and/or patient care.

Board of Directors


Lisa Spain - Executive Director

Lisa
Spain

Executive Director

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Stephanie
Kruger

President

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Sandy
Sledge

Vice President

Sheri Harmon - Secretary

Sheri
Harmon

Secretary

Sara Valentine - Treasurer

Sara
Valentine

Treasurer

David Allen - Assistant Treasurer

David
Allen

Assistant Treasurer

Kristen Alex - Board Member

Kristen
Alex

Board Member

Rue Ann Claybrook - Board Member

Rue Ann
Claybrook

Board Member

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Thomas
Rhodes

Board Member

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Linda
Sandlin

Board Member

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Sara
Elias

Board Member

 

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. Don Gibbons 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.