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Chicago-area Pediatric Cancer Charity Gets a Welcome Surprise from Taylor Swift
 Chicago-area Pediatric Cancer Charity Gets a Surprise from Taylor Swift

Country superstar selects Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation as charity for CMT Music Awards

CHICAGO, May 17, 2012 – The Children’s NeuroblastomaCancer Foundation (CNCF), a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and money to fund a cure for neuroblastoma, a deadly form of childhood cancer, is country music star Taylor Swift’s charity of choice for the 2012 CMT Music Awards to be held June 6 in Nashville. The fan-voted show honors the year’s top country videos and musical achievements(To vote, visit 

CMT will make a donation on behalf of the winners in each category to their dedicated charity. CNCF stands to benefit from each of three categories in which Swift is nominated:  Video of the Year for “Safe and Sound”  featuring the Civil Wars;  Female Video of the Year for “Ours”; and Collaborative Video of the Year for “Safe and Sound.”

CNCF President Pat Tallungan received a call from an awards show representative this week that Swift had selected the charity.  We are so excited about this opportunity to raise awareness about neuroblastoma on a national stage through such a talented and delightful young lady as Taylor Swift,” Tallungan said.  We are energized and dedicated to doing all that we can to help her win all three awards.  I just want you to know,  Taylor, that we are eternally grateful and wish you all the best.

Tallungan co-founded CNCF in 2000 after her 10-year-old son, Nick, succumbed to the disease. Neuroblastoma is a solid tumor cancer with higher incidence rate in infants than leukemia; survival rates are about 40 percent for patients with aggressive, high-risk disease.

CNCF, based out of Bloomingdale, IL, DuPage County, has raised more than $2 million for neuroblastoma research and education. Its 8th annual Ryan Diem Allie & Friends Golf Classic, hosted by the former Indianapolis Colts right tackle, will be on Monday, May 21 at the Boulder Ridge Country Club in Lake in the Hills.

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The Children’s Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation (CNCF) is a non-profit national health organization committed to finding a cure for neuroblastoma through research, education, awareness and advocacy. The premier source for neuroblastomainformation and resources, CNCF initiatives educate the public about a disease dramatically lacking in awareness and funding. It serves as an advocate for families, as well as a liaison between healthcare providers and families. See