Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund (Dio Cancer Fund) Board of Directors
presented the T.J. Martell Foundation with $100,000 during the 5th
Annual Wine Celebration Dinner in Los Angeles on Wednesday, February
6th. The contribution is part of a three-year pledge for gastric cancer
research at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.
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Formed in honor of the legendary singer who lost his life to stomach
cancer, The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is a
501(c)(3) non-profit charitable fund dedicated to support prostate,
colon and stomach cancer research, raise awareness and educate the
public with the focus that early detection and prevention is of vital
importance when dealing with this deadly disease that robs families of
its loved ones.
Wendy Dio, President and Founder of the Cancer Fund, made the check
presentation to the T.J. Martell Foundation's CEO Laura Heatherly,
saying, "After my husband, Ronnie James Dio passed away from Gastric
Cancer, I made a promise to him to raise funds for cancer research and
education and I formed the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer
Fund. Two and a half years ago we pledged $300,000 to the T.J. Martell
Foundation and with our recent donation of $100,000 we have met our
pledge. We intend to continue to raise funds for cancer research and
hope one day we can find a cure for this horrible disease."
"We have a special partnership with Wendy Dio and the Board of
Directors of the Ronnie James Dio Cancer Fund," said Laura Heatherly.
"Both groups are working hard to do what we can to fund important
cancer research that will eventually turn into drug discoveries and
clinical trials which ultimately may save someone's life."
With the support of the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer
Fund, Vanderbilt has established a collaborative research environment
with some of the leading gastric cancer researchers in the world
including Pelayo Correa, M.D., Richard Peek Jr., M.D., James R.
Goldenring, M.D., Ph.D., Robert J. Coffey, M.D., Wael El-Rifai, M.D.,
Ph.D., and Stephen Fesik, Ph.D. These key investigators have made
seminal discoveries on the causes of gastric cancer and are using these
discoveries to find new therapies.
About the T.J. Martell Foundation
The T.J. Martell Foundation, founded in 1975 by the music industry, is
a national nonprofit organization that funds cutting-edge research for
leukemia, cancer and AIDS at eleven top research hospitals in the
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About the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund is a 501(c)(3)
non-profit charitable fund formed in honor of the legendary Ronnie
James Dio who lost his life to stomach cancer on May 16, 2010; it is
dedicated to support cancer prevention research, raise awareness and
educate the public with the focus that early detection and prevention
is of vital importance.