Annual Chuckstrong gala raises more than $1 million for cancer research

April 27, 2017

The fifth annual Chuckstrong Tailgate Gala raised more than $1 million for research at IU Simon Cancer Center | Photo By Banayote Photo

For the second consecutive year, more than $1 million was raised for cancer research at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center during the fifth annual Chuckstrong Tailgate Gala on April 21.

Hosted by the Indianapolis Colts and head coach Chuck Pagano at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, the tailgate gala netted $1.1 million through corporate sponsorships, live and silent auctions, as well as $100,000 that was given by the Jim Irsay family and $100,000 from the coach and his wife, Tina.

"Blessed to be back for another one, another journey," Coach Pagano, who was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia nearly five years ago, said. "This is such a great event. It's just a group of people who are committed to coming together for a cause to find a cure. We might think we're a long way away. I don’t think we are. These doctors and researchers who are here and these people who are here supporting don't believe that. We have the opportunity to come together again as a family, as a community, and raise awareness to finding a cure."

Funds from the tailgate gala are used to support cancer research projects at the IU Simon Cancer Center that translate laboratory discoveries into improved treatment options for patients. Research leads to advancements to find better ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer.

Since 2012, the Chuckstrong initiative has raised nearly $5 million for cancer research at IU.

For more about the event, visit the IU School of Medicine Newsroom.