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Betting Big on Texas Children’s Cancer Center

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Corporate partners of LINN Energy and supporters of Texas Children’s Cancer Center raised the stakes and bet big at the 6th annual Casino Night held at Wynn | Encore in Las Vegas on November 6, 2014. Nearly 200 guests gathered for poolside “gambling” and Vegas-style fun. By the end of the weekend, they cashed out to the tune of $491,000 in funds raised for Texas Children’s Cancer Center.

Far more than just a fun getaway, Casino Night provides annual funding for future advances in cancer patient care and research that will hopefully one day lead to a cure. Envisioned in 2009 by Kolja Rockov, Casino Night provides guests with a night of entertainment with a purpose and continues to grow in popularity and in attendance every year.

Saving lives takes more than luck.

Laurel Batchelder is like any active eight-year-old girl — she’s into tumbling, running, jumping and just being a normal kid.

But five years ago, Laurel’s chance at a normal life seemed impossible.

One day, Laurel’s parent took her to the hospital after she had complained of stomach pain. Following an ultrasound, doctors diagnosed Laurel with embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma — a soft tissue tumor. After months of chemotherapy to reduce the tumor’s size, doctors were finally able to operate, and Laurel’s surgery was a success. It wasn’t long before she started back to school and became involved in her normal extracurricular activities.

“I don’t know what we would have done if we didn’t live here in Houston,” Melissa said.”I just feel so blessed that we are so close to the absolute best care.”

Envisioned in 2009 by Kolja Rockov, Casino Night has consistently provided guests with a night of entertainment that truly is a party with a purpose.

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