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

COURTESY PHOTO: VINCE LOMBARDI CANCER FOUNDATION - The research team from the Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute in Beaverton has received $320,000 in recent grant funding from a major cancer research foundation to support their work.Doubling its initial grant awarded last year, a prominent cancer research foundation says it is providing $160,000 more to support the Children's Cancer Therapy Development Institute in Beaverton.

The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation awarded a $160,000 grant to the institute, located in Central Beaverton, in 2020. It announced this week that its Starr Children's Fund will fulfill another $160,000 grant request for a total of $320,000 toward the institute.

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

"Our mission is to provide scientific answers to the question, 'Why did this cancer happen 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 that is receiving grant funding from the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation this year. Other recipients include Friends of Christus Santa Rosa Foundation in Texas and the Children's Hospital of Wisconsin.

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

The Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation is named for 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 president, says the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation has donated more than $21 million to cancer research since it was founded in the early 1970s.

"We are proud of our nationwide impact and are excited to be supporting some of the most important work taking place within the cancer community," Tendick stated in announcing the grant awards.


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