Rock the Cure

Why We Are “Rocking the Cure”

Why We Are “Rocking the Cure”

With the Kaye/Basman Foundation “Rock the Cure” event coming up this Friday, October 18th here is a little reminder as to why we are working so hard to raise the largest amount of donations we can.

MDA LogoThe Muscular Dystrophy Association


MDA is a voluntary health agency comprised of scientists and concerned citizens aimed at combating neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive medical and community services, and far-reaching professional and public health education. The Association’s programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors. MDA seeks no government grants, United Way funding or fees from those it serves.

Their Mission: MDA works in your community to combat neuromuscular diseases through (1) basic and applied scientific investigation, (2) local comprehensive programs of medical services and clinical care, and (3) widespread professional and public health education.

Backless Baylor Cancer logoBaylor Health Care System


In 2010, we lost our dear friend and partner Cindy Ornish after a long and courageous battle with breast cancer. Cindy was a 19 year veteran of KBIC, and inspired all of us with her strength and determination.

Cindy’s last wish was for the Kaye/Bassman Foundation to allocate funds to the Baylor Cancer Program, and it is our goal this year to raise enough to have an exam room dedicated in honor of Cindy. The team at Baylor gave so much to Cindy over the years, and it is our privilege to give back to them in return.


2013 MDA State of Research and Therapies

2013 MDA State of Research and Therapies

MDA was created in the 1950s, embracing a new idea — that hope and long-term investment in research would light our way to answers. Today, thanks to research, people with muscle diseases live longer, fuller lives. Thanks to our supporters — and everyone who generously gives to MDA — we will win this fight!

Help the Kaye/Bassman Foundation support MDA and their research efforts by purchasing your raffle tickets today for our upcoming “Rock the Cure” event. You do not have to be present to win! Click here to purchase your raffle tickets.


Augie’s Quest – 2013 MDA Show of Strength Segment

Augie’s Quest – 2013 MDA Show of Strength Segment

Augustine (Augie) Nieto, a prominent leader in the nation’s fitness industry for nearly three decades, received a diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) in March 2005.

Augie approaches his role as co-chair of MDA’s ALS Division with the same ironclad will and determination that catapulted him to entrepreneurial heights in the fitness world. Augie and his wife, Lynne, work closely with MDA staff to coordinate fundraising events that will benefit MDA’s worldwide ALS research program.

In his campaign called  Augie’s Quest, Nieto has raised millions for MDA’s ALS Division. To learn more about Augie’s Quest, visit http://www.augiesquest.com/.

Watch the 2013 MDA Show of Strength Telethon Sunday, Sept. 1 at 9/8c on ABC and learn how you can “Make a Muscle” for MDA at www.mda.org/muscle!

Donate today to help the Kaye/Bassman Foundation give back to a great organization, MDA!

MDA Legacy Camp

MDA Legacy Camp

At MDA camp, kids with neuromuscular disease discover a world created specifically for them, and meet many other kids sharing the same needs and experiences. MDA campers dream about summer camp all year and often say it’s better than Christmas; some even say it’s changed their lives. Almost all campers agree that it’s “the best week of the year.”

Learn more about Legacy Camp by clicking here.

Join us in building a Legacy of Help & Hope; visit us at http://www.mdausa.planyourlegacy.org/ to find out how.

About the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

About the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA)

The Muscular Dystrophy Association is the world’s leading nonprofit health agency dedicated to finding treatments and cures for muscular dystrophy, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and other neuromuscular diseases. MDA funds worldwide research; onemusclebanner2provides comprehensive health care services and support to MDA families nationwide; and rallies communities to fight back through advocacy, fundraising and local engagement.

Here is a printable version of the MDA Fact Sheet.

What does MDA cover?

The majority of diseases under MDA’s umbrella are caused by genetic factors. All result in progressive muscle weakness. Symptoms can range from mild muscle weakness to complete paralysis of all voluntary muscles, including those used for breathing and swallowing. Among these diseases, the age of onset varies from birth to adulthood, and life span after diagnosis can be as short as a year or as long as several decades.

For detailed information about each of the neuromuscular diseases in MDA’s program, visit the MDA Disease Directory.


Click here to learn what MDA does and how our donations are going to improve the lives of not only those with Muscular Dystrophy but their families and especially those to be diagnosed in the future.

Baylor Cancer Center

Prostate Cancer at 40. Cancer Free at Age 42 Thanks to Baylor Health Care System

Prostate Cancer at 40. Cancer Free at Age 42 Thanks to Baylor Health Care System

When Richard Latin was diagnosed with prostate cancer at age 40, he was  stunned. But thanks to early diagnosis and a minimally invasive robotic  procedure offered by Baylor Health Care System, his cancer was removed,  his recovery was quick, and neither his work nor his active lifestyle  was affected.

To learn more go to www.BaylorHealth.com/Cancer

Seeing Our Donations in Memory of Cindy Ornish

Seeing Our Donations in Memory of Cindy Ornish

We are thrilled that through the generosity of our supporters, we were able to name an exam room in honor of our former co-worker Cindy Ornish at the Innovative Clinical Trials Center at Baylor Charles A Sammons Cancer Center.  The team at Baylor gave so much to Cindy over the years, and it is our privilege to give back to them in return.

With a number of ways you can help what are you waiting for? Click here to give back!

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About the Kaye/Bassman Foundation

About the Kaye/Bassman Foundation

The Kaye/Bassman Foundation began in 2001 as a small grass-roots group of volunteers who saw unmet needs and an opportunity to make a difference.  We continue today with the help of our generous sponsors, friends and colleagues to make a difference.  Over the years, our fundraising initiatives have ranged from Jeans Day Fridays, golf tournaments, casino nights, and galas; the support from our generous donors has allowed us to donate a total of over $1,125,000 since inception.   backless foundation logo

We invite each of you to join us by being a guest at one of our exciting events, helping us get the word out, making a cash contribution, donating a product or service for our auction, becoming a sponsor, or all of the above!

Check out our charities, our events and our sponsors!  And while you’re at it, check out the pictures of how much fun we have at our events… it’s the most fun you’ll ever have while supporting two great charities and truly “making a difference”.

The Kaye/Bassman Foundation is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is:

“To create and perpetuate an environment of charitable giving, to foster hope and personal growth, to support medical research, and to enhance the lives of people in need.”

Our event has been repeatedly ranked in the Top 20 Metroplex Fundraisers by the Dallas Business Journal, and since inception, the Foundation has donated over $1,000,000 to our deserving charities. We appreciate your support as we continue to make a tremendous impact on these two worthy organizations, and we look forward to seeing you on October 18th at Rock the Cure!

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