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Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation Awards $75,000 Grant to Children’s of Alabama for Innovative Cancer Research
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07/01/2020
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MILWAUKEE – The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation (VLCF) board of directors and medical advisory board thoroughly reviewed grant requests from 18 top ranking organizations across the country and is proud to announce its Starr Children’s Fund renewed a second-year grant with Children’s of Alabama.

VLCF funded Children’s of Alabama first-year request, also for $75,000, in 2019. Children’s research program focuses on development, maintenance and utilization of pediatric solid tumor xenografts.

“Since the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation’s inception, we have given more than $21 million to fund our mission of preventing cancer, providing the best care to those fighting it and finding a cure,” said VLCF President Trace Tendick. “We are proud of our national impact and are excited to be funding some of the most innovative work taking place within the cancer community.”

Cancer is the number one cause of death by disease among children; yet, only 4% of the billions of dollars that are annually spent on cancer research and treatments are directed towards treating childhood cancer. The Starr Children’s Fund, created by the late Bart Starr and his wife Cherry, is devoted to raising funds specifically for pediatric cancer research and treatments.

“Childhood cancer is very badly underfunded,” said Cherry Starr. “Bart and I decided that our future efforts would be to work with children with cancer and raise the money they so badly need.”

This grant will support continued research to improve understanding of the biological drivers of high-risk pediatric cancer leading to innovative therapies. “Our ultimate goal is to find cures for pediatric solid tumors,” said Dr. Jamie Aye, of Pediatric Hematology Oncology at Children's of Alabama, and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “Our research is unique in that we are using actual patient tumors which is a more accurate way of looking at these cancers. In addition to finding cures, we hope to find treatments that will not involve some of the current late side effects we see so that our patients have the healthiest life possible. We are honored to receive the first grant from the Starr Children's Fund of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.”

To learn more about Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation’s funding process or to apply for a grant, visit lombardifoundation.org/fundingprocess .

About Starr Children’s Fund
After Vince Lombardi passed away from colon cancer in 1970, former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr and his wife Cherry graciously accepted the role of Honorary Chairpersons of the first annual Vince Lombardi Memorial Golf Classic and served the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation (VLCF) for 44 years. They contributed to raising more than $16 million to help fight cancer. In 2017, they introduced the Starr Children’s Fund, in collaboration with VLCF, which is dedicated to raising funds to support pediatric cancer research and treatment.

About the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation
The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation was established in 1971, in memory of five-time National Football League Championship Green Bay Packers Coach Vince Lombardi. His spirit, enthusiasm and commitment to excellence touched countless lives. On September 3, 1970, he lost a battle to colon cancer, dying at only 57. In his honor, the foundation is dedicated to preventing cancer, caring for those who are battling it and finding a cure. For more information on the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation, visit lombardifoundation.org and follow the foundation on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

About Children’s of Alabama
Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient and outpatient services throughout central Alabama. Ranked among the best pediatric medical centers in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s provided care for youngsters from every county in Alabama and 42 other states last year, representing more than 684,000 outpatient visits and more than 15,000 inpatient admissions. With more than 3.5 million square feet, Children’s is one of the largest pediatric medical facilities in the United States. It is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the teaching hospital for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. The medical staff consists of UAB faculty and Children’s of Alabama’s full-time physicians as well as private practicing community physicians.

About the Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders
The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders provides care and treatment for children and adolescents with all types of cancers and blood disorders. The center serves more than 1,500 cancer and sickle cell patients each year. The team of more than 300 dedicated pediatric healthcare professionals provides exceptional patient care, education and research. As a founding member of the Children’s Oncology Group – a worldwide clinical trials organization supported by the National Cancer Institute – research and innovative therapies done at Children’s of Alabama and the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) will help save the lives of children right down the street and all over the world. More information is available at www.childrensal.org/cancer.