The most decorated Olympian of all time — and a legend in his own time — Michael Phelps was the honored guest at the 12th annual An Evening with a Legend event last May.
Benefiting Texas Children’s Cancer Center, the evening included a beautiful seated dinner, an exciting paddle raise and an intimate conversation with Phelps. The discussion was moderated by Emmy® award-winning journalist Andrea Kremer and emceed by Texas Children’s Hospital President and CEO, Mark A. Wallace.
Phelps, a 23-time gold medalist who has shattered many world records, spoke of his journey to Olympic greatness, touched on the challenges he has faced and focused on his passion to improve the lives of children through the Michael Phelps Foundation.
Cancer patient, long-term survivor and American Idol contestant Christian Spear sang the national anthem, and Peyton Richardson — a patient who had just rung the bell to celebrate the end of her cancer treatment the day before — gave the invocation. Peyton, too, spoke about her journey — a message that inspired the entire crowd to rise in a standing ovation.
The event, presented by Wells Fargo and co-chaired by Shelley Barineau, Julie Bergen, Ned Torian and Kathy Zay, raised more than $1.2 million for the Cancer Center. Carmen and Butch Mach and Kelli and John Weinzierl served as honorary chairs.
Michael Phelps and Andrea Kremer paid a very special visit to Texas Children’s Hospital to meet patients and their families at Texas Children’s Cancer Center. They signed autographs, posed for photos and offered words of encouragement to remind them that they are not alone in their fight.