Lance Bertrand

Research Grant

Pamela Henicke

Research Grant

Running for Research

with Dr. Robert Cardnell

Aiming to raise awareness and funding, Dr. Cardnell has begun his training for his next big challenge: The Houston Marathon.

Thank you to everyone who sponsored Dr. Cardnell during his marathon journey! $2,575 was raised to help directly fun the Lance Bertrand Research Grant.

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Lance Bertrand

Lance Bertrand lost his battle with lung cancer on December 31, 2018, but he won the hearts of all who knew him with his strength, perseverance, dedication, passion and that amazing smile. Known to friends, family, doctors and staff and MD Anderson as Superman, the Miracle Man, Iron Man, Bionic Man, Legend and the Captain – Lance was treated for 10 years at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center after being diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, just 4 months prior to his wedding day to the love of his life, Therese. Lance was dad to Jude and Jolie Bertrand.

Rexanna’s Foundation is honored to recognize, celebrate, and memorialize the memory of Lance through a grant that will be given annually for research dedicated to extending the lives of lung cancer patients and focused on eradicating it completely.

Lance Bertrant Headshot

Grant Proposals

Grant proposals will be received from researchers beginning November 1st in recognition of Lung Cancer Awareness Month and accepted through December 31st. Grant selections will be announced by the last Monday in January of each year. Award recognition will take place at the Houston Lone Star Huddle Up in Houston, Texas every February.


March 1, 2021

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Grant Recipients

1st Annual

Lance Bertrand Grant

2020 Recipients
Primary Investigator:
Dr. Tina Cascone
Dr. Reuben
Dr. Kadara
Dr. Wang.

A total grant of $50,000 was given to Dr. Cascone & her team for research that addresses the recurrence of cancer after surgery alone. The benefits to patients of this research is the development of therapeutic strategies that will overcome immune suppression and reverse resistance to treatments.

Pictured from left to right: Lisa Spain (Executive Director of Rexanna's Foundation), Monica Vega (Lance Bertrand's Sister), Brent Bertrand (Lance Bertrand's Brother), Therese Bertrand (Lance Bertrand's spouse), Dr. Tina Cascone, Dr. Alexandre Reuben, & Dr. John Heymach.