King and Kacal found KK125 Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, donate $50,000 to MD Anderson

Quorum ReportJanuary 8, 2015Articles

In the midst of much pre-session manufactured drama, a glimmer of truly important news crossed our desk before the Christmas holidays.  We decided to hold on to it until our Capital community was back from the holidays and beginning to focus on the tasks ahead.

KK125State Reps. Ken King (R-Canadien) and Kyle Kacal (R-College Station) founded the KK125 Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation to honor their mothers, both of whom succumbed to the disease in 2013.  Last month, the two lawmakers’ Foundation donated $50,000 to the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where their mothers received treatment.

The gift was also intended to honor Andrea Sloan, a well-known Capitol figure who was Executive Director and general counsel for the Texas Advocacy Project.

The donation will help fund research of CA-125, a protein with a recognized role in predicting the recurrence of ovarian cancer.

“Forming KK125 was a positive way to project our anger with the horrible disease that took our mothers,” King said. “We want to make sure this doesn’t happen to our wives, sisters and friends.”

“MD Anderson is where cancers come to die,” said Kacal. “There isn’t a better partner to find a cure for ovarian cancer.”

The upcoming legislative session will confront monumental issues and bring out both the best and the worst in policy-makers.

But most of us, including this observer, have been impacted in one way or another by this terrible cancer.  We here at QR did not want to let these efforts go unnoted before the high drama begins.

To get involved, make a contribution or simply note a “Like” on Facebook, check out the KK125 Ovarian Cancer Foundation at

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