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Tuesday Round-Up: Russell Wilson Awards Check For Pediatric Cancer Research After Fundraising Campaign

After launching the fundraising campaign ‘Immuno Heroes’ in July through his Why Not You Foundation, Wilson and Safeway awarded a check for $2.7 million for the children's immunotherapy program on Monday.


Good morning, 12s. Here's a look at what's out there today — Tuesday, December 7— about your Seattle Seahawks.

Russell Wilson Awards Check For $2.7 Million For Pediatric Cancer Research

Back in July, Russell Wilson's Why Not You foundation launched Immuno Heroes, a fundraising campaign in partnership with Safeway and Albertsons. The goal was to raise $3 million for the immunotherapy program at Seattle Children's Hospitals, to provide treatment and carry out groundbreaking research to improve the lives of children dealing with cancer.

"We are fortunate to have Seattle Children's in our backyard leading the way in childhood cancer care and providing groundbreaking immunotherapy treatment to kids around the world," Wilson said at the time. "Pediatric cancer research is underfunded by the federal government and this life-saving program needs our support. As captain of the Immuno Heroes, I want to call on everyone to support our team, be a hero and donate to Immuno Heroes to help make a very real impact in the lives of children with cancer."

Fans were able to donate at Safeway and Albertons stores, and they responded in a big way. The campaign nearly reached its goal of $3 million, and on Monday, Wilson, the Why Not You Foundation and Safeway awarded the Seattle Children's immunotherapy program with the check for $2.7 million.

Philanthropy has been a part of Wilson's persona since he arrived in Seattle. The quarterback has regularly made visits to patients at Seattle Children's since 2012. He and his wife Ciara donated $1.75 million to open up the Why Not You Academy in Des Moines, just south of Seattle, last year. The couple also donated a million meals to Food Lifeline through Feeding America as the COVID-19 pandemic swept across the globe in early 2020.

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