Country music star Blake Shelton has teamed up with Oklahoma University’s Children’s Hospital Foundation to create the Blake Shelton Cancer Research Program in honor of his young cousin, Aspen Van Horn, who has been treated for a neuroblastoma tumor and related issues since she was an infant.
“We are so thankful for Blake’s support in defeating childhood cancer,” Chip Keating, Children’s Hospital Foundation’s board president, shared with The Ada News. “We have what I would consider to be one of the top cancer centers in America here in our footsteps, providing the best care possible for our kids with cancer. This research program will help us further our mission to see more kids ring the bell, symbolizing the end of active treatment and the beginning of a life free of cancer.”
All funds that are raised through the Children’s Hospital Foundation stay in the state, so that children have access to exceptional pediatric specialists without having to leave Oklahoma.
As fans may recall, the country music artist donated $600,000 back in 2016 to Children’s Hospital Foundation in support of the Jimmy Everest Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders during a concert in Oklahoma City. Shelton credits Aspen’s survival to the center for the work they do for children battling pediatric cancer.
If you would like to help out the Children’s Hospital Foundation or the Blake Shelton Cancer Research Program, visit the official website here.
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Friends and Heroes 2019 Tour Dates
Feb. 14 — Oklahoma City, Okla.
Feb. 15 — Kansas City, Mo.
Feb. 16 — Sioux Falls, S.D.
Feb. 21 — Indianapolis, Ind.
Feb. 22 — Buffalo, N.Y.
Feb. 23 — Pittsburgh, Pa.
Feb. 28 — Peoria, Ill.
March 1 — Louisville, Ky.
March 2 — Evansville, Ind.
March 7 — Jacksonville, Fla.
March 8 — Tampa, Fla.
March 9 — Sunrise, Fla.
March 14 — Des Moines, Iowa
March 15 — St. Paul, Minn.
March 16 — Green Bay, Wisc.
March 21-22 — Uncasville, Conn.
March 23 — Albany, N.Y.