Robert “Bobby” Warner Ratliff was one of six (6) siblings born to Barbara W. and William D. Ratliff, Jr., a prominent Fort Worth family very active in the local community.
After graduating from the University of Texas, Bobby’s professional life lead to a career as a Professional Landman working for Union Pacific Resources and XTO Energy. During his time at XTO as a contract Landman, Bobby was diagnosed with a rare form of Melanoma, which unfortunately was misdiagnosed early on. It was in early 2003 that it appeared that Bobby was losing his long battle with this insidious disease. As this began to happen, Jim Holcomb promised his dying friend that he was ensure Bobby’s sons’ education would be taken care of. That was the driving discussion that drove Phil Mani and Jim Holcomb to establish the Robert and John Ratliff Scholarship and Cancer Research Fund, Inc.
Robert and John Ratliff both attended Ole Miss. They both played football, received academic scholarships and earned undergraduate degrees. Robert has moved into the Masters Program and John has been accepted to Baylor Dental School. Bobby would be very proud of them.
Bobby was an unbelievably amazing person with an exceptional heart; full of life, always with a smile and always there for his wife Patti, and sons, Robert and John. He always took care of everyone around him first and had a way of making all feel special and included. At a time when the world needs more “Bobbys”, he is sorely missed.
Raising funds started in August of 2003 with a sporting clays shoot event held west of Fort Worth by a handful of volunteers and sponsored by Landmen and Attorneys from Fort Worth, Dallas, San Antonio and Houston, all friends of Bobby Ratliff. Now, it has grown from that a handful of donors to one of the largest such shoots in Fort Worth, still sponsored by individual Professional Landmen, Attorneys and Fort Worth area Oil and Gas Companies.
To date, more than $100,000 has been donated for educational grants and funding the fight against melanoma cancer. Although the promise to Bobby’s sons has been fulfilled, efforts continue to fund cancer research and provide educational grants.
We’re proud of our excellent fundraising abilities. However, what’s even more important than the money we raise is what we do with it. We are extremely careful with the dollars you have entrusted to our care.
For more information about our financial history and spending, please review the Annual Reports and Form 990s posted below. We invite you to read our latest Annual Report (2012-2013) to learn more about us and the work we do, and to become inspired to share in our promise.
If you have any questions, please contact us.