The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, the charity founded in memory of the late rock singer, recently presented the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research with a check for $100,000, bringing the organization’s total gift to $400,000. These monies are earmarked for gastric cancer research at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, TN. Ronnie James Dio, one of rock’s all-time great vocalists, died four years ago of gastric cancer, and the charity founded in his memory is committed to raising money and awareness in hope of one day finding a cure for this dreaded disease.
SUAS RibbonThe presentation of the donation was made at the T. J. Martell Foundation’s 39th Annual Honors Gala held at Cipriani in New York by Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, Dio Cancer Fund Medical Director (and co-founder with Ronnie James Dio‘s widow Wendy Dio).
Speaking at the event, he said: “Cancer is a disgusting disease that needlessly robs us of loved ones and family members. We must find better ways to screen patients for cancer, and it is vital that we motivate people to get themselves checked and know the risks and preventative measures for all forms of cancer. Our fund’s mission is to stop cancer before it starts.”
“Ronnie would be so very proud of all of these efforts made in his name. Early detection saves lives, and one day, we will find a cure for this terrible disease.” says Wendy Dio.
To date Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund have raised over $800,000 and have donated over $600,000 to cancer charities, including $117,000 to the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, [Vanderbilt Hospital] and over 300,000 to the T.J. Martel Foundation, to support their ongoing research into early detection technologies and for the treatment and cure of prostate, colon and stomach cancers.
To learn more about the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund or to make a donation, visit this location.