For a Lifetime of Service

The Trekker Award is given to one extraordinary individual who has demonstrated extraordinary vision, resolve and resourcefulness in increasing access to breast care for all Texans.


Nomination Form (PDF)




The Breast Health Collaborative of Texas (BHCTexas) began as a conceptual idea in 2005 when a group of

like-minded breast health advocates attending the first annual Breast Health Summit. BHCTexas was officially formed in November 2007  and in January 2012 became a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. With over 3,000 members representing over 800 organizations from across the state committed to the mission of collaboration, BHCTexas has played a significant role in changing the breast cancer landscape in Texas and has demonstrated that through alliances, change can be achieved.






The Award recipient will be given free registration to the Breast Health Summit.  If the recipient is not from the Greater Houston area, we will assist with travel and accommodations. A donation that will be made in the awardee’s name to a nonprofit organization of his or her choice. 

 The award will be based on the individual’s accomplishments, dedication, leadership, length of service, and impact on the breast health community. 


The winner must be present to accept the award at the Annual Breast Health Summit Awards Dinner.


Nominations can be made by:

a) Organizations

b) Healthcare professionals

c) Breast cancer survivor

d) Caregivers

e) Individuals


Nomination & Submission

The application requires the following:

  • Nominee’s contact information

  • Nominator’s contact information

  • A short explaination of the following:

    • Who the individual is

    • What their accomplishments are

    • Length of service

    • How they have impacted the breast health arena

    • What makes them extraordinary

    • How they have moved mountains

  • Indication that the nominator has notified the nominee that their name has been submitted for the BHTexas Trekker Award

  • Indication that the nominee understands that they must be present to accept the award

7th Annual Trekker Award Winner




Lester & Sue Smith


In a city known for pioneers in energy, medicine, finance, and philanthropy, one couple stands out - Sue and Lester Smith who have dedicated their private weatlth for the public good. Their extraordinary generosity and compassionate care for others is motivated by their personal motto that "to whom much is given, much is expected.

In 2011, the Smiths provided a $15 million grant - the largest private gift in Harris County Hospital District history - to establish the Smith Clinic, an ambulatory care center designed exclusively for outpatients served at Ben Taub Hospital. Opened in 2012, the five-story building includes the Smith Breast Center, Smith Infusion Therapy Clinic, Smith Diagnostic Imaging Department and Smith Onocology Clinic.

Numerous organizations have honored the Smiths for their immense philanthropic spirit including the National Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP), Holocaust Museum Houston, and Gabrielle's Angel Foundation for Cancer Research, Neighborhood Centers, Inc., and The Woodrow Wilson International Center. In 2016, the Smiths' major contributions to breast cancer research were honored at the 25th Anniversary celebration of Susan G. Komen Houston. 

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