Costume party raises money and awareness for arthritis
Celltex Therapeutics Corporation (Celltex) helped to sponsor the Arthritis Foundation’s 2014 Houston Bone Bash, the foundation’s signature costume gala. The Bone Bash, held on Saturday, October 25 at Hotel Derek, was established with the goal of raising awareness of arthritis and helping the foundation provide resources to those living with this disease and their caregivers. This year, the Bone Bash raised more than $260,000 for the Arthritis Foundation.
David Eller, back left, with Tucker Beau, front center, and Family
The event, which was emceed by KPRC news anchors Courtney Zavala and Sara Davenport and attended by 350 of Houston’s most philanthropic, featured a haunted casino, enchanted forest, live auction and dancing. The auction offered items such as a two-day-old donkey named “Basher,” a peacock, a dove hunting trip in Argentina, which raised a total of more than $50,000.
The gala was a special night for many in attendance, as the Arthritis Foundation honored pioneers in the fight against the disease. Professor Toni Moore, who suffers with three forms of arthritis, was honored as Houston’s Adult Face of Arthritis. Dr. William Jay Bryan, an orthopedic surgeon at Houston Methodist Hospital who has been a supporter of the Arthritis Foundation for over 30 years, was chosen as this year’s Medical Honoree. The foundation also announced the inaugural Otzi Hero for Healing Award, which was named after Otzi, the well preserved natural mummy found in the Alps between Austria and Italy. Otzi is not only the oldest human ever discovered, but also one of the first users of acupuncture to heal his arthritis. This year, Carolyn Farb was awarded the Otzi Hero for Healing Award for her dedication to helping others and selflessly giving her time and experience in order to raise funds to find a cure for arthritis.
The night ended with a video presentation that highlighted this year’s Youth Face of Arthritis honoree, Tucker Beau Hyatt, a six-year-old boy who was diagnosed with systemic juvenile idiopathic arthritis at the age of two. When diagnosed, Tucker Beau was too young to understand his diagnosis or even pronounce the word arthritis; instead, he would tell people that he had “monstritis” and that he envisioned Batman at his side helping him to fight the pain. In order to bring his vision to life, Batman attended the gala to meet Tucker Beau and commended him for the superhero strength he’s shown throughout the challenges he has faced. A big thank you is extended to Houston Dynamo star Mike Chabala who portrayed Batman that evening.
Tucker Beau, who had his mesenchymal stem cells extracted and banked through Celltex, received his stem cells this summer at Celltex’s partner hospital, Galenia Hospital in Cancun, Mexico. Following his therapy, Tucker Beau has been able to run and play like every active six-year-old should. His body has responded so well to Celltex’s stem cell therapy that his doctors are weaning Tucker Beau off his arthritis medications this December, a feat that didn’t always seem possible.
“Celltex was honored to be a part of the 2014 Bone Bash since it is a wonderful way to help spread awareness and hope for such a debilitating disease,” says Celltex Medical Director, Dr. Stanley Jones. He further stated, “As someone who has personally suffered from arthritis, I understand the impact of the disease, which is why it is so important for me and for Celltex to continue the work we do with mesenchymal stem cells and educate the public about stem cell therapy as a treatment option. It’s through that mission that we were able to provide Tucker Beau access to his own stem cells, and we are beyond thrilled with the results we have seen. A sincere thank you goes to the Arthritis Foundation for their support and partnership as we fight for a common goal.”
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