Our Mission

Rutledge Cancer Foundation works to ease the impact of cancer on the lives of teens and young adults, raise survival rates and find a cure for sarcomas and other solid tumor cancers.

  • We fund patient programs that address unmet emotional and physical needs

  • We work as a catalyst to increase awareness and early detection.

  • We support research for less toxic, personalized cancer therapies.

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The story that sparked the Rutledge Cancer Foundation in 2011

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Our Leadership

Laura Rutledge
Executive Director

Laura grew up in McAllen, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas with a BS in Finance. She worked in the Mortgage Business for 8 years. While raising her four children she volunteered in her community and served on the boards of two schools. She currently serves as Rutledge Foundation Executive Director and board member. Laura spear heads investigating cutting edge sarcoma research and builds collaborative relationships between the medical, biotech and research communities. She and her husband John have 4 grown children: Meredith, Blake, Carley and Grant.

Carolyn Roberts
Director of Development

Carolyn grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Studies in 1983. Post graduation she worked for Graham Associates in Arlington, Texas and Dunaway Associates of Fort Worth in Site Design, Land Planning, Platting and Zoning. She spent the next years raising her three sons and volunteering extensively in the community both in Fort Worth and Seattle, Washington. She is now Development Director of Rutledge Foundation and volunteers at Christ Chapel Bible Church and at South Hi Mount Elementary. Carolyn and her husband, David, have three grown sons, Freese, John David and James.

Courtney Chavera
Director of Communications and Events

Courtney grew up in Grand Prairie, Texas and completed her Bachelor’s degree in Communications at the University of Texas at Arlington after studying musical theatre at UNT for two years. She spent 10 years working for the Gaylord Texan and Marriott Hotels managing events and as a Sales Manager. She then turned her career towards the nonprofit sector and spent 3 years as the Executive Assistant to the AISD Education Foundation. Courtney serves on the praise team and with the children and youth ministries at her family’s church. She and her husband Abran have three children: Ali, Alayna, and AJ.

Ingrid Schaffenburg
Business Manager and Patient Programs Coordinator

Ingrid grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and graduated from Texas Christian University with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. She has worked in Communications and Change Management for the past 10 years, most recently for a large, multinational corporation. Prior to her professional life, she pursued a career in the performing arts and volunteered for several non-profits while living in New York and Los Angeles. Ingrid lives in For Worth, Texas and has two children: Anna and William.

Celia Stibbens

Celia moved to Fort Worth, Texas in 1975 and is a graduate of Tarleton State University with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting. She is currently working towards a CPA certification and brings over 20 years of accounting experience with 10 years in public accounting. Celia’s passions include traveling, volunteering at Alliance United Methodist church and spending time with her grandchildren.




Kyle grew up in Odessa, Texas and came to Fort Worth to attend TCU, where he received his BBA in Finance in 1992 and MBA in 1994. He has worked at Central Bank & Trust, Corbin & Company and Paine Webber, which later became UBS Financial Services, and continues to work there as a Financial Advisor in Wealth Management. Kyle and his wife, Sarah, live in Keller with their children Justin and Grace (a Ewing sarcoma survivor).


John was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas. He received a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Duke University in 1983 and a graduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1985. John has worked at Freese and Nichols in Fort Worth since graduating. He is currently a Principal and Vice-President of the firm. John has 4 children and one grandchild. Along with his wife, Laura, John co-founded the Rutledge Foundation. He is the father of Carley Rutledge whose inspiring journey as a cancer survivor prompted the formation of the Foundation.


Bill grew up in Bay City, Texas and came to Fort Worth early in his career. He received a B.A., Accounting with highest honors in 1975 from the University of Texas and his degree in Law, JD, from the University of Texas in 1978. He also attended Southern Methodist University, where he received an LLM in taxation in 1980. He is a partner at Holland, Johns and Penny, LLP, in Fort Worth, where he specializes in Estate Planning, Probate, Corporate Law and Partnership Law. Bill and his wife, Lindy, live in Fort Worth. They have three grown sons, William, King and Lawson.


Donna grew up in Jacksboro,Texas and Graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock with a BBA in Finance in 1981. She worked for American Quasar in the 1980’s, sold Real Estate and Specialty Advertising. She had an Art Gallery for 16 years in Fort Worth and currently continues with an online Art Gallery. She is married to her husband Ross and they have one son, Corbin, who is attending Abilene Christian University.


Chris grew up in Houston, Texas and graduated in 1989 with a BBA and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. Chris moved to the Dallas-Fort Worth area to start a 25-year career with Sabre, a global travel technology company, where he held various senior sales, general management, and marketing positions, including four years as Chief Marketing Officer. Chris now operates Chris Kroeger Consulting, LLC and is a partner in Social Venture Partners, an organization focused on helping non-profits drive greater impact in their communities. He is also an Adjunct Professor of Marketing at TCU. Chris lives in Keller, Texas with his wife Stacy and his teenage children Sage and Kysen.


Lisa grew up in McAllen, Texas. She graduated in 1989 from the University of Texas at Austin with a BBA in Mechanical Engineering Route to Business. She moved to Houston, Texas with her husband John and built a career in the oil and gas industry, working for Koch Industries and Tenneco Gas Marketing. Lisa and her husband John have two sons Ben and George and a daughter, Katherine. In addition to the Rutledge Foundation, Lisa has served on the boards of Houston Tri Delta Alumnae and Bayou Villages National Charity League. She is currently a volunteer at the Kinkaid School, an active member of Chapelwood United Methodist Church, and a member of the National Charity League and a sustaining member of the Junior League.


Tamara grew up in Dallas, Texas. She graduated from Abilene Christian University in 1984 with a B.S. in Biology. It was there that she met her husband, Dan Reese. They married in 1986 and moved to Lubbock, Texas for him to attend Texas Tech University Law School. While in Lubbock, she worked at the Texas Tech Health Science Center as a research technician specializing in tissue culture and monoclonal antibodies research in the Biochemistry department. They moved back to Fort Worth in 1990, and she began working at UNTHSC, formerly TCOM, in the Biochemistry department. She was a tissue culture specialist with a focus on developing both skin and eye “equivalents” to be used for pharmaceutical research. She retired from that role in 2007, and now focuses her time on being a community volunteer as well as baking and cooking for her small business, T’s Pantry. She and Dan have two sons, Keller and Connor.


Blake grew up in Fort Worth, TX with the rest of the Rutledge clan. He studied Communication Design & Computer Science at Washington University in St Louis, graduating with a BFA in 2014. He then moved to NYC, first working as an Artist in Residence at Ogilvy & Mather, a large advertising agency. After a couple years, Blake left O&M to be a freelance Creative Technologist, working with companies such as HUSH & SpecialGuest, designing and building website and permanent interactive architectural installations for brands. Blake lives with friends in Brooklyn, somehow manages to keep a good number of plants alive, and spends as much time outdoors as possible despite all the concrete everywhere.


Grant was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, and is currently a Junior at TCU, working on a major in Finance, as well as a minor in accounting. He is currently employed at GM financial as an intern in the commercial lending department. Carley Rutledge is Grant’s sister, a cancer survivor, and his inspiration to serve the Rutledge Foundation.


Harshal Broker, M.D., is a vascular surgeon practicing in Fort Worth. He completed his medical degree and vascular surgery training at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas. He received his undergraduate degree in biology and chemistry at Houston Baptist University. He is also an avid serial entrepreneur and is active with many real estate and biomedical ventures. He serves as a partner in the healthcare accelerator Health Wildcatters. His daughter Krishna is a Ewing’s Sarcoma survivor and this has led to a strong conviction to use his experience and expertise to help fight childhood cancer.

Caroline Samis

Caroline S. Samis is a Business Development Officer for the Wealth Advisory Group with Frost Bank. She focuses on generating new Private Trust and Investment Management Services for the North Texas region. A fifth generation Fort Worth native, Ms. Samis is an SMU graduate, former Washington, D.C. Capitol Hill staffer, and a Development Fundraising Officer at her alma mater, All Saints’ Episcopal School of Fort Worth. More recently she worked with The Northern Trust Company as Senior Wealth Strategist Associate where she was essential in helping the Fort Worth team build their clientele of high net worth individuals and families over a five year period. Ms. Samis is involved in the Fort Worth community serving on the Board of the Cliburn Foundation and Nominating Committee, the Board of the Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County, most recently the Rutledge Cancer Foundation, a member of the SMU Fort Worth Alumni Chapter Leadership Committee, and the Pi Beta Phi Fort Worth Alumni Chapter, where she is Co-Chairing their largest fundraiser, Design Inspirations.


Angie graduated from Vanderbilt University in with a BS in Nursing and was an oncology nurse at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago where she met her husband David. David has been pediatric neurosurgeon at Cook Children's Medical Center for the past 22 years. Angie and Dave have three sons, Ben, Kevin and Wyatt; two daughter-in laws and four grandsons.  In addition to the Rutledge Foundation, Angie has served on and been President of the Boards of Jewel Charity, Ronald McDonald House of Ft Worth, CASA of Tarrant County, Tarrant County Medical Society Alliance, and the Texas Medical Association Alliance. She currently serves on the Board of the Texas Medical Association Foundation and is the President of the Woman’s Board of Cook Children’s Medical Center.


W. Paul Bowman, MD, Chairman of Pediatrics, UNTHSC

Angela B. Donahue, RN, BSN, 2014-2015 President, Texas Medical Association Alliance, Woman’s Board of Cook Children’s Medical Center, 2017 Jewel Charity Ball President

David J. Donahue, MD, Pediatric Neurosurgery, CCMC Surgical Director, Epilepsy Program

James E. O’Dorisio, FACC, MD, Vascular Surgery, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital, Marin General Hospital

Anish K. Ray, MD, Physician, Cook Children's Medical Center Hematology/Oncology, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UNT Health Science Center


Baylor Scott & White Health - Fort Worth, Texas
Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute - Beaverton, Oregon
Cook Children’s - Fort Worth, Texas
JPS Cancer Center - Fort Worth, Texas
Mary Crowley Cancer Research Centers - Dallas, Texas
Medical City Children’s Hospital - Dallas, Texas
MD Anderson - Houston, Texas
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital - Memphis, Tennessee

UT Southwestern Medical Center - Dallas, Texas
UT Southwestern Medical Center - Richardson, Texas
Texas Children’s Hospital - Houston, Texas
Moncrief Cancer Institute - Fort Worth, Texas
Vannie E. Cook Jr Cancer Foundation - McAllen, Texas
Huntsman Cancer Institute - University of Utah-Salt Lake City, Utah
UNT Health Science Center - Fort Worth, Texas


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