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August 21, 2015 14:10 ET

Curing Kids Cancer Supports Pediatric Cancer Research at Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, TN--(Marketwired - August 21, 2015) - The Atlanta-based nonprofit Curing Kids Cancer presented a $25,000 check to the Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt to support pediatric cancer research.

Grainne Owen, founder of Curing Kids Cancer, made the presentation to Dr. Howard Katzenstein, medical director of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, in honor of the Vanderbilt football team's participation in the "Blow the Whistle on Kids Cancer!" campaign. Also attending the presentation were Al Smith, director of Player Development at Vanderbilt football and Johnny Alexander, plant manager from Gibson Guitars.

"I'm extremely pleased to be working with Dr. Katzenstein. He was part of the Atlanta-based team that treated my son Killian for leukemia," said Owen. "I also want to thank the Vanderbilt football team for their participation in the 'Blow the Whistle on Kids Cancer!' Campaign. When we started this program three years ago, they were one of the first SEC teams to agree to help us raise awareness about the lack of funding for childhood cancer research during National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month in September.

"We are also thrilled to have Johnny Alexander here representing Gibson Guitars. In 2014 Gibson donated a Les Paul guitar, which was painted by artist Dave Snyder, and raised $105,000 for Curing Kids Cancer!"

This year Vanderbilt University is participating in "Blow the Whistle on Kids Cancer!" on September 19 when they play against Austin Peay. Vanderbilt Commodore coaches will wear Curing Kids Cancer wristbands and lanyards with gold whistles. Players will wear Curing Kids Cancer helmet stickers and wristbands. Fans can support the Vanderbilt Commodores by purchasing lanyards with whistles, helmet stickers and wristbands at

About Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital
The Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital is named among the nation's leaders in pediatric health care in U.S. News & World Report's annual Best Children's Hospital rankings.

About Curing Kids Cancer
Grainne and Clay Owen created curing Kids Cancer after losing their son Killian to leukemia in 2003 at age nine. Curing Kids Cancer raises money and awareness to fund innovative research that provides cutting edge treatments to children with cancer. The non-profit has raised more than $7 million for pediatric cancer research since being founded in 2005. More information is available at

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