Photo courtesy of the Carson Leslie Foundation

Neighbor Annette Leslie knows how pediatric cancer can take a toll, and she’s made it her mission to help others. Her son Carson was 17 in 2009 when he told her after three years of treatment, “Mama, make sure someone studies those tumors in my brain because if those tumors can help some kid someday not die from cancer like I am, I’d like that.”

Never underestimate the power of a Preston Hollow mom when it comes to her children. Annette Leslie started the Carson Leslie Foundation, which has resulted in more than $3.2 million in funding for pediatric cancer prevention and research.

Recently, the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation announced the donation of a grant and an in-kind donation. Today, Ursuline students will hear about the inspiring story. The Spieths and Leslie were all touched by pediatric cancer. One of Annie’s Ursuline friends fought cancer and Jesuit grad Jordan lost a friend to childhood cancer, according to Leslie’s press release. His oldest friend, Eric, has had several cancer battles since age 12.

“Jordan and Annie and the Spieth family are wildly generous. It’s something that struck a chord in both of their hearts,” Leslie says. In addition to pediatric cancer, the Jordan Spieth Family Foundation focuses on these philanthropic pillars: special needs youth, junior golf and military support.” Annette is unique,” Annie Spieth said in a press release. “She is so passionate.

The passion behind what she is doing is so obvious when you talk to her, which is definitely inspiring and makes you want to help.”The Carson Leslie Foundation’s Backpack Project was launched in 2016. Newly diagnosed and relapsed teenage cancer patients at Children’s Health are furnished a backpack full of pajama pants, socks, a  blanket and overnight kit. The backpacks are made by Under Armour, one of Jordan Spieth’s major sponsors. Here’s how you can help.

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