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Champion Charities Gives UCSF $2.5 Million to Tackle Brain Disease

July 01, 2011
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Former NFL players Harris Barton and Ronnie Lott recently presented a check for $2.5 million on behalf of Champion Charities to UCSF's Brain Tumor Research Center to support its mission to eradicate brain disease.

Dr. Michael Prados, professor in residence of Neurological Surgery, director of Translational Research in Neuro-Oncology and principal investigator in the Brain Tumor Research Center at UCSF, accepted the check on UCSF's behalf.

The gift will fund laboratory space in the Helen Diller Family Cancer Research Building, translational research in brain tumors and patient care for pediatric and adult brain tumor patients at UCSF Medical Center.

Champion Charities is a not-for-profit organization established by Barton and Lott with a mission of raising funds to support brain tumor research.

Harris, a former NFL pro bowl offensive tackle for the San Francisco 49ers, lost both of his parents to brain tumors, and is deeply committed to finding a cure and better treatments for this often lethal disease, according to Champion Charities. Each year, about 190,000 people in the United States will be diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor.

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