Sunday, October 15, 2023

A Legacy of Saving Lives PLUS A $200 Giveaway!

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Leaving a legacy. We all want to be remembered fondly for something after we die. We even have songs about leaving a

legacy like the Nichole Noreman's Legacy Nichole Nordeman-Legacy lyrics - YouTube Most people are forgotten after 4 or 5 generations. How many of us can tell something about their great-great- grandmother or grandfather? Monroe Dunaway Anderson broke the odds. He wasn't someone you'd look at and think he's going to go down in history. He wasn't a politician, he wasn't a war hero, but he was a philanthropist. 

Monroe Dunaway Anderson was born in 1873 the sixth of eight children. He went to Southwestern Baptist University. He and his older brother Frank both worked for their father at the First National Bank of Jackson which he helped establish and became the first president. M.D. as Monroe was called, learned business and finance while working at the bank and went on to several other banks, learning more about the industry. 

Frank became interested in the cotton industry after losing interest in banking. Frank had married and became good friends with his brother-in-law, Will Clayton. The two decided to get into the buying and selling of cotton but they needed more revenue. So, they approached M.D. and the three began a partnership in 1904 called Anderson, Clayton, and Co. in Oklahoma City. One year later, Will's brother, Ben joined the partnership.

In 1907 Monroe left banking and moved to Houston, Texas to find bigger banks. He became the Chief Financial Officer and eventually treasurer as well. The company grew and prospered and became the world's largest cotton merchant. They were known as the Cotton King for a century. M.D. was a a great businessman and became a wealthy man.

The company still prospered into the 1930's. Will Clayton and M.D. Anderson owned over half of the company's stock. The problem arose that should either man die that they would owe so much in large estate taxes that they would possibly have to liquidate their company to pay for the taxes. 

In 1936 M.D. established the M.D. Anderson foundation and donated $300,000 to the charitable organization. Although there was no stipulations on how the funds must be spent, the trustees were inclined to support health care. Within 2 years of Anderson starting this foundation, he had a stroke while eating lunch with some business associates. While in the hospital they discovered he also had kidney problems. Within a year, M.D. Anderson died and M.D. Anderson Foundation received $19,000,000.

In 1937 cancer was the second leading cause of death in the United States. The numbers couldn't be ignored and in 1940 Texas Medical Association's cancer committee began working with the Texas Health Department to come up with legislation to start attacking this number two killer.

The Texas Legislature authorized The University of Texas to build a hospital for treating cancer and for the research of cancer, in 1941. The trustees of M.D. Anderson learned of new endeavor and the $500,000 that was allocated to the research hospital. MDA contacted them and agreed to match the $500,000 with the stipulation that the hospital would be built in Houston and named after M.D. Anderson.

Ready to start, the foundation acquired The Oaks and was able to make it work for what they needed until a permanent hospital was built. There were several buildings on the six acres which allowed room for growth.

A stable and a carriage house were repurposed into laboratories where four doctors were able to start their research. The late forties add several war-surplus buildings to the cancer foundation, increasing its size.

Today, MD Anderson has employees in over 50 buildings, covering more than 15 million square feet, in not only Houston but in Central Texas. MD Anderson is known as the #1 Cancer Hospital in the United States and in the WORLD!

MD Anderson Fountain Park in front of the main campus. 

                                        This was done by students with paper at MDA

My husband and I are both patients there and I am amazed by their humble beginnings. To just walk the campus of MD Anderson is an experience. But to interact with the staff and see how the hospital runs is absolutely amazing and so different from other hospitals. It's truly like a well-oiled machine.

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Kirsten Macleod is in a bind. Her father’s last will and testament stipulates that she must either marry, lead the plantation into a first year profit, or forfeit it to her uncle. But marriage is proving no easy option. Every suitor seems more enamored with the land than with her. Until her handsome neighbor sweeps into her stable to the rescue… of her beloved horse.

Silas Westbrook’s last year at veterinary school ends abruptly when he is called home to care for his young orphaned sisters. Troubles compound when he finds an insurmountable lien on the only home they’ve ever known, and the unscrupulous banker is calling in the loan. The neighbor’s kind-hearted and beautiful stable girl, Krissy, provides the feminine influence the girls desperately need. If only he had a future to offer her. But to save his sisters from poverty, he should set his sights on Krissy’s wealthy relative Kirsten Macleod, the elusive new heiress. Surely this hard-working and unassuming young lady and the landowner could not be one and the same?

Debbie Lynne Costello is the author of Sword of Forgiveness, Amazon's #1 seller for Historical Christian Romance. She has enjoyed writing stories since she was eight years old. She raised her family and then embarked on her own career of writing the stories that had been begging to be told. She writes in the medieval/renaissance period as well as 19th century. She and her husband have four children and live in upstate South Carolina with their 4 dogs, 4 horses, miniature donkey, and 12 ducks. Life is good!


  1. Thank you for sharing. I have a dear friend who has been traveling to MD Anderson, twice a year, for several years now. What a blessing this facility is for people who haven't responded to initial treatment plans!

  2. Thank you for your post today. I'm so grateful that this place has been available to so many people, you and your husband included. I love hearing about the humble beginnings of truly great institutions.