The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund will mark what would have been the late, great rocker’s 78th birthday today.
The anniversary will be commemorated with a new video. The video features a compilation of interviews with celebrity guests at past Dio Cancer Fund events, including this year’s 10th annual gala. Among those featured in the video are fellow rockers, such as Rob Halford, Dave Grohl, and Glenn Hughes.
The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. It was founded following Dio’s death in 2010 from gastric cancer. In the now decade since its foundation, the fund has raised more than $2 million to fight gastric cancer.
In its early years, the RJD Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund committed funds to specific gastric cancer research at M.D. Cancer Center in Houston, where Dio was treated over the last six months of his life. In the years since, the fund has also provided research funding to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN through the fund’s partnership with the T.J. Martell Foundation. The partnership was established to research blood tests to detect gastric and esophageal cancers.
The partnership and research led to the acquisition of a multi-million-dollar grant from the National Institutes of Health.
Donations to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund can be made online here.
Over the course of his professional career, Ronnie James Dio fronted Black Sabbath, Rainbow, Deep Purple, Heaven & Hell, and even his own band.
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