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Blake Shelton Starts Cancer Research Program In Oklahoma
Shelton is launching the program in honor of his cousin Aspen Van Horn.
Written by: MegaCountry Staff. Photo credit: John Shearer, Getty Images
Blake Shelton is known to be the charitable type who gives back and the country star just keeps giving.
On Monday Oklahoma University’s Children’s Hospital Foundation announced Shelton has founded the Blake Shelton Cancer Research Program. The program honors his cousin, Aspen Van Horn, who went to the university’s Jimmy Everest Center when she was only five months old for treatment of a neuroblastoma tumor.
Neuroblastoma is a type of cancer that forms in the nerve tissue, and is the most common cancer for infants. Van Horn had two blood transfusions, three rounds of chemotherapy and a surgical procedure to remove much of her tumor. All treatments were successful.
“We are so thankful for Blake’s support in defeating childhood cancer,” said Chip Keating, Children’s Hospital Foundation’s board president. “We have what I would consider to be one of the top cancer centers in America here in our footsteps, providing the best care possible for our kids with cancer. This research program will help us further our mission to see more kids ring the bell, symbolizing the end of active treatment and the beginning of a life free of cancer.”
Shelton also donated $600,000 in 2016 to the Jimmy Everest Center while in Oklahoma City for a concert. “They don’t turn any kids away,” Shelton said while on stage, “you come in there, you have a problem, they don’t turn anybody away, so I thought, ‘That’s a place that needs some money.’”
Children’s Hospital Foundation funds pediatric research and education programs while supporting The Children’s Hospital in serving every county in Oklahoma with more than 234,000 patient encounters annually. All funds raised through the Children’s Hospital Foundation stay in Oklahoma, so children will have access to exceptional pediatric specialists without having to leave the state.
To donate to the foundation click HERE.
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