Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund

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The Goal: Stop Cancer Disparities

African Americans have a higher overall death rate from cancer than all other racial and ethnic groups in the U.S.

This is not a new development. Since inception of the Stuart Scott Fund, the V Foundation has awarded nearly $16 million in research grants from combined funds raised through the Sports Humanitarian Awards, Bristol Myers Squibb, signature events and other generous donors. We are working to close the gap, overcome racism, unconscious bias and disparities in our work to end cancer. Please join us in stopping cancer disparities today.

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"It is incredibly concerning that our patients’ survival from cancer can be impacted by their race. Understanding how race influences cancer will allow us to find better treatments and ultimately improve lives."
Jeffrey Clarke, M.D.

The recent The State of Cancer Health Disparities in 2020 report by American Association for Cancer Research provides data regarding higher cancer incidence and lower survival rates for underserved populations. Some of the concerning disparities found in the report:

  • The breast cancer death rate is 39% higher for African American women compared with white women.
  • African American men have prostate cancer incidence and death rates that are more than 1.5-times and more than 2-times those for men of any other race or ethnicity respectively.
  • Multiple myeloma and stomach cancer are two other types of cancer for which African Americans have a death rate that is at least double that for whites.
  • Substantial disparities in colorectal cancer incidence and death rates between African Americans and whites have existed for many years. Among the factors that contribute to incidence rate disparities between African Americans and whites are higher rates of obesity, which is a risk factor for the disease, and lower rates of colorectal cancer screening among African Americans.

Grants Awarded through the Stuart Scott Fund

After receiving the Jimmy V Perseverance Award at the ESPY Awards in 2014, Stuart gave an unforgettable speech. He said, “When you die, it does not mean you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and in the manner in which you live.” Stuart passed away less than six months later at the age of 49. His extraordinary impact on cancer research continues.

The Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund supports underrepresented researchers through two types of grants.

Translational Grants fund research of the biological basis of cancer disparities experienced by patients of minority populations. The research topics include causes, aggressiveness, treatments or relapses of cancer.

The Fund also supports V Scholar scientists from minority ethnic groups underrepresented in science. This gives minority researchers important, early-career funding to establish their labs and begin their careers as cancer researchers.


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