The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, the charity founded in memory of the late rock singer, recently presented the T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research with a check for $100,000, bringing the organization's total gift to $400,000. These monies are earmarked for gastric cancer research at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Ronnie James Dio, one of rock's all-time great vocalists, died four years ago of gastric cancer, and the charity founded in his memory is committed to raising money and awareness in hope of one day finding a cure for this dreaded disease.

The presentation of the donation was made at the T.J. Martell Foundation's 39th Annual Honors Gala held at Cipriani in New York by Dr. Sandeep Kapoor, Dio Cancer Fund Medical Director (and co-founder, with Ronnie James Dio's widow Wendy Dio). Speaking at the event, he said: "Cancer is a disgusting disease that needlessly robs us of loved ones and family members. We must find better ways to screen patients for cancer, and it is vital that we motivate people to get themselves checked and know the risks and preventative measures for all forms of cancer. Our fund's mission is to stop cancer before it starts."

Since its inception in 2010, The Dio Cancer Fund has raised funds via direct donations, merchandise sales and varied fund-raising events, among them a Celebrity Guitar Auction and an annual Awards Gala, this year held to coincide with the release of "This Is Your Life", an album that pays tribute to Ronnie James Dio. "This Is Your Life" includes contributions by such metal heavyweights as METALLICA, MOTÖRHEAD, ANTHRAX, HALESTORM, Rob Halford, Glenn Hughes, SCORPIONS, Corey Taylor and Tenacious D. among many others, all performing Dio songs. The album, released in April by Rhino, has already sold over 100,000 units worldwide, with proceeds from sales benefiting the Dio Cancer Fund.

Plans are underway for a series of events in Los Angeles next May to commemorate the fifth anniversary of Dio's passing. Says Wendy Dio, "Ronnie would be so very proud of all of these efforts made in his name. Early detection saves lives, and one day, we will find a cure for this terrible disease."

Story continues after advertisement

As the singer of some of the most iconic bands of the hard rock/heavy metal genre — RAINBOW, BLACK SABBATH, HEAVEN & HELL and DIORonnie James Dio's voice can be heard on such all-time classics as "Man On The Silver Mountain", "Long Live Rock 'N' Roll", "Neon Knights", "Heaven And Hell", "Rainbow In The Dark", "Holy Diver" and "The Last In Line", among countless others.

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund is a privately funded 501(c)(3) charity organization dedicated to cancer prevention, research and education. It has already raised in excess $750,000.

ronniediochecktj1 ronniediochecktj2


To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@) with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).