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Thanks to recent events held in Minneapolis; Milwaukee and Tucson, Ariz., the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation (VLCF) has raised over $190,000 toward its mission to advance cancer research and compassionate care. It’s exciting to share that the foundation’s efforts have received nationwide coverage, including more than 300 print and broadcast stories in more than 30 states. The foundation’s board thanks sponsors, donors, volunteers and committee members who make these events possible.


Jim Kelly Honored at the 28th Annual Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence Dinner Ball

VLCF awarded Jim Kelly the 2018 Vince Lombardi Award of Excellence at the March 3 event in Milwaukee, raising more than $110,000. Kelly, an NFL Hall of Fame Inductee and two-time cancer survivor, recently announced that his cancer has returned for a third time. He still attended the event and gave an inspiring speech. The award recognizes his continued strength and excellence both on and off the field.

“My dad always emphasized toughness. He said we would all go through tough times in our lives, but it’s what you do about it that counts. It’s about your attitude,” said Kelly. “Throughout my life I’ve been through a lot, and it’s a journey of perseverance. My dad instilled in me as a young kid to keep fighting and never give up.”

Former and current NFL players Frank Reich, Lynn Dickey, Brett Favre, Dan Marino, JJ Watt, Carson Wentz, Mason Crosby, Chris Berman, Joe Montana, Morten Andersen and James Lofton congratulated Kelly and showed their support for his upcoming battle with cancer through a video that was shown at the event.


$50,000 Donation Received at Cologuard Classic

On Feb. 28 during the Pro-Am at the Cologuard Classic, an official PGA TOUR Champions event, in Tucson, Ariz., VLCF board executives accepted a $50,000 check from representatives of the Tucson Conquistadores and Cologuard to help raise colon cancer awareness. Coach Lombardi died of colon cancer nearly 50 years ago, and it remains the second leading cancer killer in America.

Assisting in the check presentation was MVP quarterback Aaron Rodgers, a participant in the Pro-Am event and friend of Cologuard Classic ambassador and PGA TOUR Champions player, Jerry Kelly.

“We’re honored to receive this support, which will be instrumental in our ongoing fight against cancer,” said Benjamin R. Haas, president of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation. “We thank Cologuard, the Tucson Conquistadores, the PGA TOUR Champions and the fans at this week’s Cologuard Classic for all they are doing to promote colon cancer awareness.” 

Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation board executives accept a $50,000 check from Tucson Conquistadores and Cologuard at the Cologuard Classic. (From L-R: Jose Rincon, president, Tucson Conquistadores; Jerry Kelly; Ben Haas, president, Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation; Aaron Rodgers; Paul Soltwedel, past president, Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation; Kevin Conroy, chief executive officer, and Maneesh Arora, chief operating officer, Cologuard.)


Leaders For A Cure Event Raised Awareness of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation Leading up to the Super Bowl

At the inaugural Leaders For A Cure event held in Minneapolis days before the Super Bowl, the foundation and presenting sponsor, North Memorial Health, honored leaders from the Twin Cities area who are making an impact in the fight against cancer.

The event also featured a speech from 2018 Hall of Fame Inductee Jerry Kramer who was positively influenced by Coach Lombardi, as well as a discussion between Minnesota Vikings players Kevin McDermott and Trae Waynes about the impact of cancer on their lives and careers. Their discussion was moderated by ESPN SportsCenter anchor Doug Kezirian.

Guests also enjoyed the opportunity to be photographed with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The 2019 Leaders For A Cure event will be held in Atlanta leading up to Super Bowl LIII.

Awards were given out in the categories of nurse, individual, doctor/PhD and company. (From L-R: Benjamin R. Haas with winners Jill May, RN, BSN, OCN, from Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, part of Allina Health; Judy Erdahl, cancer survivor; Christopher Pennell, PhD, from Masonic Cancer Center; Kate Sager, Paul R. Krogh and Tori Pugh from North Memorial Health.)


To register for these events or for sponsorship opportunities, please visit the VLCF website.


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Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation

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