FEB. 7, 2006 | A Jan. 30 ceremony at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) honored the memory of Kate Williamson, the driving force behind the creation of Arkansas’ breast cancer license plate.
The sale of the plates has raised more than $100,000 to benefit the UAMS Arkansas Cancer Research Center (ACRC) and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. UAMS’ share of the proceeds is being used to produce Web-based videos to educate women, families, doctors and students about all aspects of breast cancer.
“When you drop a pebble into a pond, you get a ripple effect,” said V. Suzanne Klimberg, M.D., Williamson’s surgeon and director of the breast cancer program at the ACRC. “That’s what we saw with Kate. Her legacy will live on through the license plate that will continue to raise money for breast cancer awareness and research.” Williamson died in August 2005.
Attending the ceremony were several of Williamson’s family members including her husband, Graham; sons David Mootz and John Mootz; and daughters Mary Manasse and Gigi Jobst.
Addressing the group from UAMS were Klimberg; Kent Westbrook, M.D., chief of the Division of Surgical Oncology and distinguished professor in the Department of Surgery in the College of Medicine; and Robert Fincher, M.D., medical director of the ACRC Breast Center.
Sherrye McBryde, executive director of the
“One day, with the help of this money, we will find a cure,” McBryde said. Half of the amount raised by the sale of the plates benefits the Komen Foundation, with 25 percent of that amount designated for research.
Plaques featuring a photo of Williamson, Gov. Mike Huckabee and others at the unveiling of the license plate in 2003 were hung in the