Blake Shelton Thanks Hospital for Treating His Cousin by Establishing Cancer Research Program

The country music star credits the Oklahoma University's Children's Hospital for his neuroblastoma tumor-stricken cousin's survival.

AceShowbiz - Blake Shelton demonstrates his support towards cancer research in substantial way. On Monday, December 10, it was announced that the "God Gave Me You" hitmaker has established the Blake Shelton Cancer Research Program as his expression of gratitude for his cousin's successful cancer treatment.

Breaking the news was Children's Hospital Foundation. Through its Twitter account, the nonprofit organization disclosed, "Oklahoma native and country music star,@blakeshelton, establishes the Blake Shelton Cancer Research Program in honor of his cousin, Aspen Van Horn." It also shared a link where others can also make donation for the research program.

Chip Keating, the Foundation’s board president, has also issued a statement regarding the nine-time CMA Awards winner's contribution to the cancer research program. "We are so thankful for Blake's support in defeating childhood cancer," he said.

"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."

This was not the first time the boyfriend of Gwen Stefani donated to the Foundation. Back in 2016, he gave away $600,000 to Jimmy Everest Center, which is part of the Children's Hospital, when he stopped by Oklahoma for a concert in his Fall tour.

Aside from donating, the coach of "The Voice" also encouraged his concertgoers to make contribution. While on the stage at the Chesapeake Energy Arena, he said, "They don't turn any kids away. You come in there, you have a problem, they don't turn anybody away, so I thought, 'That's a place that needs some money.' Let's all do the right thing. This is our money, Oklahoma."

As for Blake's cousin, Aspen, she received treatment for neuroblastoma tumor at Jimmy Everest Center when she was five months of age. After going through two blood transfusions, three rounds of chemo and surgical procedure to remove the tumor, she will celebrate her third birthday in January 2019.

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