Starr Children’s Fund Launches Campaign 


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At a private luncheon on Tuesday, April 18, Cherry Starr, wife of late NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Bart Starr, will share her family's goal of funding a Children’s of Alabama pediatric Hematology/Oncology fellowship that will be named after Bart and herself in perpetuity. It will be called the Bart & Cherry Starr Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Fund. Starr Children’s Fund is collecting online donations to support this at starrchildrensfund.org.

The fellowship will focus on blood and marrow transplants for children. Bone marrow transplants are not just for blood cancers. These transplants are now an option for other blood disorders, such as sickle cell anemia and severe combined immunodeficiency, bone marrow failure and some neurological diseases. This is a field that is evolving, and the Bart & Cherry Starr Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship Fund will help train doctors for generations to come.

WHEN:  Tuesday, April 18 // 11:30 am Media Interviews with Cherry Starr, others // 12:00 pm Lunch, Program Begins

 WHERE:  Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Atrium, 2150 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham


Bart Starr’s legacy on the football field matched his charitable legacy. After Coach Vince Lombardi passed away from colon cancer in 1970, Bart and Cherry Starr graciously accepted the role of honorary chairpersons of the first annual Vince Lombardi Memorial Golf Classic and served the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation for 44 years. They contributed to raising more than $16 million to help fight cancer. In 2017, in collaboration with the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation, they introduced the Starr Children’s Fund, which is dedicated to raising funds to support pediatric cancer research and treatment.


Since 1911, Children’s of Alabama has provided specialized medical care for ill and injured children, offering inpatient, outpatient and primary care throughout Central Alabama. Ranked among the best children’s hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s serves patients from every county in Alabama and nearly every state. Children’s is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the teaching hospital for the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) pediatric medicine, surgery, psychiatry, research and residency programs. The medical staff consists of UAB faculty and Children’s full-time physicians, as well as private practicing community physicians.

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