Our Story

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My wife, Beverly A. Gagliardi, lost her courageous battle against a horrible disease, Pancreatic Cancer, on January 4th, 2018.  She was an amazing lady who always gave much more than she ever received. She was my companion in life, a loving mother to our daughter Nikki and son-in-law Tyler, and a larger-than-life grandmother to our grandson Cason and, spiritually, to our new granddaughter Kinley who was born shortly after her passing.  She fought this disease valiantly by enduring numerous surgeries and the horrible side-effects of chemotherapy.  She never lost hope and brought smiles to all of her caregivers.  Unfortunately, in the end, she was too weak and ill to survive.

Pancreatic Cancer is one of the most deadly cancers known.  By the time you are diagnosed it is usually too late to help with today’s medical interventions.  The chemotherapies are mostly ineffective, and it is the least well-funded cancer from a research perspective. 

Jim’s Promise.

During one of Bev’s last nights in the ICU at St. Luke’s hospital she called me to her bedside. She knew she was gravely ill but asked me to do whatever I could to help other people with this horrible disease. She was ALWAYS thinking of others. I promised her I would. I’m not a doctor, so the only way I could help was to support those whose life mission is to heal. Our inaugural tournament and fund-raiser collected over $109,000! Way above anyone’s expectations…and those funds (minus expenses) have been donated to the Baylor College of Medicine, Elkins Pancreas Center in Bev’s memory. They will be used to help develop technologies and treatments that don’t employ chemotherapy.

There is hope.

New technologies are being developed to battle the cancer and tumors.  Researchers are using the body’s own immune system, as opposed to chemotherapy which can’t differentiate between good and bad cells, to fight the cancer.  There are new blood tests that may aid in earlier diagnosis and novel immunotherapy techniques. The researchers at the Elkins Pancreas Center, which is part of the Baylor College of Medicine, are working on such approaches and need our help through funding support.  We have joined forces with an outstanding charitable organization, “The Arts of Healing Foundation” (https://www.theartsofhealing.org) which was founded by Lori and Dr. Isaac Raijman.  The Arts of Healing Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, physician-based organization whose purpose is to raise money and awareness for various diseases that directly impact the patients in the community in which they practice medicine.  We have a shared vision of annually raising funds for medical research so that others, stricken with disease, may benefit from improved patient care, and through medical breakthrough, have hope.

Please join our family in "Helping Others Fight."

James S. Gagliardi with Nikki and Tyler Caviness in association with The Arts of Healing Foundation

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The Elkins Pancreas Center

Baylor Clinic
6620 Main St. 13th Floor, Suite 1350
Houston, TX 77030

William E Fisher, M.D., FACS

William E Fisher, M.D., FACS

Professor, Clinical Vice-Chair and Chief
Department of Surgery
General Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine

Director, Elkins Pancreas Center
Baylor College of Medicine

George L. Jordan, M.D. Chair in General Surgery
Baylor College of Medicine

Chief, Surgery Service Line
Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center

Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center



Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
Baylor College of Medicine

Faculty Senator
Baylor College of Medicine

Associate Professor
Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Division of Surgical Oncology
Baylor College of Medicine
Houston, Texas, United States

Elkins Pancreas Center Mission Statement

  • Providing the best care for pancreatic cancer and pancreatitis patients

  • Leading in the discovery of effective new methods to diagnose and treat pancreatic disease

  • Educating patients, their families, Baylor College of Medicine trainees, other physicians, and the community about pancreatic cancer


The Statistics

  • This year approximately 53,670 will be diagnosed & 43,000 will die

  • 9% survival rate to five years

  • Average life expectancy after diagnosis is 6-12 months

  • In 2009, the National Cancer Institute spent a mere 2% of its budget on pancreatic research

  • Survival statistics have changed little in over 40 years

  • Of the five major cancers it is the #1 killer


Monday, April 29, 2019



Willow Creek Golf Club

24525 Northcrest Drive, Spring, TX  77389



11:00 AM |  Sign-in / Registration / Warm-up / Box Lunch

11:50 AM | Opening Remarks and Welcome - Practice Putting Green

12:00 PM |  Shotgun Start Scramble

5:00 PM   |  Dinner / Awards / Silent & Live Auctions