Pamplin Media Group – Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation funding Beaverton research

The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation awarded $160,000 in 2020 and another $160,000 in 2021.

A prominent cancer research foundation is doubling the original grant awarded last year and saying it is giving $160,000 more to support the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute in Beaverton.

The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation has awarded a $160,000 grant in 2020 to the Institute, located in Central Beaverton. This week it announced that the Starr Children’s Fund will fulfill another $160,000 grant request for a total of $320,000 to the institute.

The $320,000 will support a genetic research program led by Dr. Charles Keller, the scientific director of the Children’s Cancer Therapy Development Institute. That program focuses on gene mutations and the cellular origin of cancerous tumors.

“Our mission is to provide scientific answers to the question, ‘Why did this cancer arise and how can we stop it?'” Keller said in a statement.

He thanked the Starr Children’s Fund and the Vince Lombardi Cancer Institute for their support.

The Beaverton Children’s Cancer Institute is the only organization in Oregon to receive a grant from the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation this year. Other recipients include Friends of Christ Santa Rosa Foundation in Texas and the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.

The Starr Children’s Fund was founded by, and is named after, Pro Football Hall of Famer and former Green Bay Packers quarterback Bart Starr and his wife, Cherry.

The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation is named after Vince Lombardi, the former Green Bay and Washington NFL coach and Hall of Famer, who died of cancer in 1970.

Trace Tendick, the foundation’s chairman, says the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation has donated more than $21 million to cancer research since its inception in the early 1970s.

“We are proud of our national impact and are excited to support some of the most important work within the cancer community,” said Tendick announcing the grant award.

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