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Martin Short, Jamie Broach Byrd

Martin Short and Jamie Broach Byrd (Photo: Priscilla Dickson)

The serious mission of raising funds for brain-cancer research took a lighter note 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 MD Anderson Cancer Center. Master of ceremonies Chuck Yates provided his own brand of humor while Dr. Frederick Lang delivered an inspiring message about his research into brain cancer. He is director of clinical research in the department of neurosurgery. The Broach Foundation co-founder Jamie Broach Byrd (pictured, with Short) encouraged guests to mark their calendars for April 6, 2017, for the next gala. Byrd co-founded The Broach Foundation in 2011 with her late husband James Broach, who was battling brain cancer. 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.

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