It’s been ten months since Stuart Scott passed away from cancer, but his legacy is paying dividends to research. The memorial fund created in his name by ESPN has awarded more than $2 million in grants to research projects and “investigators devoted to studying cancer disparities among minorities.”
The memorial fund was established through a $100,000 seed grant from ESPN and grew through donations and other initiatives. Among the grants which were awarded, a three-year $600,000 translational grant was sent to “study of specific characteristics in colorectal, breast and lung cancer that may help explain ethnic differences.”
As you’re aware, Scott battled cancer off and on dating back to 2007, but through it all, he maintained his dignity and his love for his daughters. In 2014, he was honored with the Jimmy V Award for his fight and gave a memorable speech that didn’t leave a dry eye in the house.
The Stuart Scott Memorial Research Fund was created with finding a cure for cancer in minorities:
In the research of cancer incidence and experience, The Stuart Scott Memorial Cancer Research Fund will answer questions such as, why some cancers are more aggressive and more fatal in African Americans or why black men and women both have a higher cancer death rate than their white counterparts, or why cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanics, accounting for 21 percent of deaths overall and 15 percent of deaths in children.
For more information and how to donate to the fund, head to JimmyV.org.