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Greetings from Sunny South Padre Island!

Esteemed TEHA Members,

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and wish you a prosperous 2018!
As we close 2017, the TEHA-STC Board and I, would like to take the time to thank all the TEHA-STC members for making it another successful year! We made many memories at the Gladys Porter Zoo and of course, at our TEHA-STC Educational Conference. More than memories, I was happy to see members of the different communities come together and have a blast, while obtaining their state required continuing education units. The idea of networking with others in the same field was extremely evident this year.
Throughout the years, we have been very fortunate to have had such great progress with our trainings and conferences. This year, it was decided to solicit Christmas Gifts for kids that would be delivered to the Children’s Hospital by the TEHA-STC Board.
Additionally, beginning this year, each TEHA-STC President will get to choose a nonprofit organization to invite to the conference each December. As a result, President Edgar Cruz chose a nonprofit that he has been a part of for many years. His goddaughter, Lily Lopez, was a recipient of this wonderful nonprofit. Although she past away, the studies she voluntarily agreed to have on her will benefit many future patients, that will be able to enjoy their lives because of her noble efforts. More information on Lily Lopez may be found at  

I also want to thank everyone that signed up for our “Be The Match: The National Marrow Donor Program” (, a nonprofit organization that’s dedicated to helping every patient get the life-saving transplant they need.
We are already planning for our 15th Annual TEHA-STC Educational Conference at the beautiful Isla Grand on sunny South Padre Island on December 6, 7 and 8, 2018. This is going to be one for the books and I guarantee you don’t want to miss this one!
Please contact me if you would like any additional information on the conference or if you are interested in being a speaker. As an added bonus, you will get free CEUs for the day you speak.
Thank you all for your hard work and dedication to our profession!

Edgar Cruz
TEHA-STC President
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