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Taylor Swift Continues Support of The V Foundation with $100,000 Donation through the 11th Annual Dick Vitale Gala

Cary, NC – [Feb. 25, 2016] – The V Foundation for Cancer Research, one of the nation’s leading cancer research funding organizations, and ESPN Hall of Fame Sportscaster Dick Vitale are excited to announce a $100,000 donation from singer, songwriter and musician, Taylor Swift, to benefit pediatric cancer research.  One of The V Foundation’s annual signature events, the Dick Vitale Gala has raised more than $15 million for pediatric cancer research in its 10-year history.  This year’s event is expected to attract another sell-out crowd and break fundraising records with the help of Swift and other celebrities.  Swift’s most recent donation adds to her previous contributions in the fight against pediatric cancer research, including a donation of $100,000 to The V Foundation from the sales of her critically acclaimed single, “Ronan.”

“We are so proud that Taylor has joined us to help raise funds for pediatric cancer research and to battle this dreaded disease that is taking so many young lives,” said Vitale. “Taylor has a heart of gold, and due to her generosity, we are closer to meeting our goal this year to raise $2.5 million.  Taylor is ‘Awesome Baby,’ with a capital A!  We cannot thank her enough.”

A member of The V Foundation’s Board of Directors and passionate pediatric cancer research advocate, Dick Vitale continues to rally celebrities and hundreds of supporters to his annual event each year.  This year’s gala will be held on May 13, 2016, at The Ritz-Carlton Sarasota, Florida, and honor three notable cancer research supporters: former University of Wisconsin Head Men’s Basketball Coach Bo Ryan, Good Morning America’s co-anchor Robin Roberts, and Ohio State University Head Football Coach Urban Meyer.

The V Foundation for Cancer Research awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations and net proceeds of events to cancer research and related programs.  It funds all types of cancer and distributes research grants to the most promising scientists nationwide through a competitive process vetted by a Scientific Advisory Committee.  Since its founding in 1993, the Foundation has funded more than $150 million in cancer research grants nationwide, including almost $20 million in pediatric cancer research grants.  With only 4 percent of federal cancer research funding dedicated to childhood cancer research, The V Foundation has recently increased its focus on pediatrics and awarded nearly $5 million in pediatric cancer research grants in 2015.

“It is heartbreaking when a child is diagnosed with cancer.  The entire family is thrown into one of the most difficult times imaginable,” said Susan Braun, CEO of The V Foundation.  “With Taylor’s generous support, we will forge ahead with research that will change the face of cancer, and save the lives of children.”

For more information about The V Foundation for Cancer Research and the 11th Annual Dick Vitale Gala, please visit www.jimmyv.org/vitale.