Netflix Stars Makes a River Oaks Ballroom Roar

When laughter is the best medicine for brain cancer…

What: The Broach Foundation for Cancer Research Gala

Where: River Oaks Country Club

PC Moment: If indeed laughter is the best medicine, the 400-plus guests packing the country club ballroom went home feeling uplifted thanks to the humor of comedian Nate Bargatze, Comedy Central Presents and Netflix star and author of This Guy Is Hilarious, No Really, He Is.

The guy had the crowd roaring with laughter.

Applause, applause for chair Jamie Broach Byrd, who led the effort that raised more than $556,000 for brain cancer research. Since its inception seven years ago, this event has raised more than $4.5 million, an effort launched by the late James Broach.

He and his wife, Jamie, created the foundation in 2011 when he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer. James Broach lost his life to the disease in 2013 but not before establishing the foundation to help fund brain cancer research.

High School Senior Raises Awareness and Funds for The Broach Foundation

High School Senior Raises Awareness and Funds for The Broach Foundation

WESTPORT—Greens Farms Academy senior Henry Holzinger (Westport) had a very big month, both on the basketball court and off of it.

In addition to setting a new school record for 3-pointers in a game, and leading the Dragons to wins in three games last week, Holzinger was also named News 12 Connecticut’s Scholar Athlete of the Month for January.

Holzinger’s play on the court and his efforts in the classroom have both paid off, but he’s also gone above and beyond the call duty as a Dragon this year.

This winter, Holzinger along with his sister Lucy, above right, a GFA field hockey standout - have started The Broach Foundation Club at the school.

The club mission, according to its website, is “to raise money for the fundraising of brain cancer research and promote awareness of this cancer in our community” and was put together in honor of their uncle, who passed away of brain cancer.

To learn about the Broach Foundation Club, or to donate to the cause, visit the website

Sixth Annual Stand Up for Brain Cancer Gala

Sixth Annual Stand Up for Brain Cancer Gala

What: Broach Foundation for Brain Cancer Research sixth annual “Stand Up for Brain Cancer” dinner

Where: River Oaks Country Club

PC Moment: Best-known for his Saturday Night Live hijinks, Kevin Nealon had the sophisticated crowd, at least momentarily, putting the serious issue of brain cancer aside for huge laughs and comedic fun. The evening raised more than $525,000 for brain cancer research at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. The foundation, established in honor of James Broach who created the non-profit before his death from brain cancer in 2013, has raised more than $4 million over the years.

The Broach Foundation for Brain Cancer Research Gala Raises $750,000

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Contact:  Jamie Broach; 832-606-257;

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The Broach Foundation for Brain Cancer Research Gala Raises $750,000

Comedian Martin Short Stars at ‘Stand-Up for Brain Cancer Gala’ 

HOUSTON – (April 27, 2016) –The serious mission of raising funds for brain cancer research took a decidedly lighter note April 20 when comedian Martin Short brought his trademark antics and legendary characters to a packed house as the headliner for The Broach Foundation’s “Stand-Up for Brain Cancer” Gala held at River Oaks Country Club.  Now in its fifth year, the gala raised $750,000 to support brain cancer research at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Proving that laughter is the best medicine – at least for the evening – Short had the sold-out crowd of 500 roaring with laughter with hilarious cameo appearances by his well-loved Father of the Bride character Franck and Jiminy Glick, from the television series Primetime Glick. Master of Ceremonies Chuck Yates provided his own Texas brand of humor while Dr. Frederick Lang delivered a serious and inspiring message about his research into the causes and treatment of brain cancer at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where he is Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Neurosurgery.

Short proved to be a gregarious guest, mixing with supporters and posing for photos during the pre-dinner cocktail hour.  He joins an incredible list of past gala headliners including Kevin Nealon, Dennis Miller and Dana Carvey.  Following the program, guests enjoyed a delicious southern style fried chicken dinner complete with a side of biscuits and bubbly. 

Diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer in 2010, James Broach and his wife Jamie decided to actively pursue a cure for this challenging and under-funded disease.  In 2011, the couple founded The Broach Foundation for Brain Cancer Research and chose to fight cancer with laughter, spearheading an annual Stand-Up for Brain Cancer event.  Since its founding, the non-profit organization has provided over $3 million to support brain cancer research at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.  James Broach lost his battle against brain cancer in 2013.

Jamie Broach Byrd thanked Presenting Sponsor Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors and guests and noted that despite the fundraising challenges organizations are currently facing, the gala was a record-breaking success. 

“I am so grateful to have the continued support of loyal sponsors and friends who have been with us since the beginning,” said Byrd.  “It’s a testament to the inspiration and impact James had on our lives and community, and the legacy he left in the work taking place at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.”

Byrd also encouraged guests to mark their calendars for April 6 when the 2017 Stand-Up for Cancer gala will take place.

Laughing the night away were Faith and Lee Majors, Jan Bres, Carla Dawson, Michele and Mike Heinz, Connally and Mark Burroughs, Theresa and Jeff Eaton, Elizabeth and Anthony Deluca, Lauren and Matt Moncrief, Linda and Steve Webster, Kelli and Eddy Blanton, and Sippi and Ajay Khurana.

About The Broach Foundation for Brain Cancer Research

The Broach Foundation for Brain Cancer Research is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. Our mission is to promote funding for brain cancer research and education so that effective treatments, and ultimately a cure, can be found. All net proceeds raised will be provided as grants to qualified research clinics and doctors who are conducting promising research in the area of brain cancer and brain disease to help find the cure. For more information, visit

Killing Cancer: HBO VICE episode featuring work of Dr. Lang

The work of Dr. Frederick Lang, our primary grant recipient and the Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Neurosurgery, and Dr. Juan Fueyo, Director of Neuro-Oncology Experimental Research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, is featured on the HBO series VICE. 

Drs. Lang and Fueyo and their team are working on a treatment for brain cancer that focuses on engineering a virus, called Delta-24-RGD, to infect and kill tumor cells without harming normal cells. 

The entire episode, "Killing Cancer", originally aired February 27, 2015, and can be seen by clicking on the video below or visiting the "Killing Cancer" website here.

Young Texans Against Cancer 2015 Beneficiary

The Broach Foundation for Brain Cancer Research is honored to be named a Young Texans Against Cancer - Houston Chapter 2015 Beneficiary. YTAC's support of our foundation and significant financial contributions to brain cancer research is greatly appreciated by our Board, our Grant Recipient, and the Broach Scholars. 

The other YTAC - Houston 2015 Beneficiaries include Baylor College of Medicine, Clayton Dabney for Kids with Cancer, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, and The 1 Million 4 Anna Foundation.

We hope you will visit the Young Texans Against Cancer Website here and attend their annual Kiss My Grits or Fall Invitational events.

Thank you, YTAC!


Broach Foundation commits $5 million to brain cancer research

Supports research to defeat glioblastoma, aggressive disease that took founder’s life

MD Anderson News Release 09/12/14

The Broach Foundation for Brain Cancer Research has made a $5 million commitment to support glioblastoma multiforme research at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. In recognition, the institution has named two patient pods at the Brain and Spine Center. The first one is named in memory of the late James Broach and the other is in honor of the foundation he and his wife, Jamie, established in 2011, months after he was diagnosed with the most aggressive form of brain cancer.

There’s no known cure for glioblastoma, and the low survival rate hasn’t improved in years, due in part to inadequate funds for clinical research. In hopes of changing the statistics, the Broach Foundation directed its inaugural grant in 2012 toward research led by James’s physician, Frederick Lang, M.D., professor and director of clinical research in Neurosurgery. Dr. Lang’s lab focuses on a viral smart bomb developed at MD Anderson by Juan Fueyo, M.D., professor in Neuro-Oncology - Research, called Delta-24-RGD, a type of cold virus that’s engineered to infect and kill tumor cells. Lang pioneered the use of mesenchymal stem cells to deliver this virus and other biological therapies to brain tumors. Though James died at age 38 in 2013, the foundation continues to raise funds to support Lang and other collaborators at MD Anderson.  

“Philanthropy drives innovative research, which in turn drives the whole process of discovering new treatments and delivering them to the patient,” said Lang. “Thanks to the Broach Foundation’s generous support, we have promising clinical trials underway that mean hope for patients and their friends and loved ones coping with the effects of this deadly disease.”

Fighting cancer with laughter
Laughter and a positive outlook have been powerful weapons for the Broach family in their fight against a disease that is in no way funny. The couple chose to fight cancer with a combination of hard work and humor. They planned a comedy theme for their first gala fundraiser in May 2012 and called it Stand-Up for Brain Cancer. Actor, comedian and former “Saturday Night Live” cast member Kevin Nealon entertained a sold-out crowd at the River Oaks Country Club. Comedian Dennis Miller headlined the sold-out May 2013 event, followed by fellow “Saturday Night Live” alum Dana Carvey last April. Through gala proceeds, the Broach Foundation has contributed $1.7 million toward its $5 million commitment.

“We’re grateful to everyone who has contributed so generously to our foundation. The more we spread the news about the cutting-edge research taking place at MD Anderson and how brain cancer research continues to be underfunded, the more excited people become about wanting to join the cause,” said Jamie.

NOTE TO MEDIA: Foundation representatives will view recognition plaques and attend a reception, 5-7 p.m. Sept. 15, 1515 Holcombe Blvd, R11 (access via elevator B), Rooms 2-3. Parking for media in Texas Medical Center Garage 10 will be validated.

3rd Annual Stand-Up For Brain Cancer Gala

Third Annual Stand-Up for Brain Cancer Gala featuring Dana Carvey

April 30, 2014 at River Oaks Country Club

This year, we are pleased to announce that nationally-recognized comedian and former Saturday night Live cast member, Dana Carvey, will be performing a live comedy act during the third annual “Stand-Up for Brain Cancer” gala at River Oaks Country Club in what will surely be an evening of laughter and entertainment.

Can’t join us?  Make a donation here.