AACR CEO Margaret Foti to Join First Lady Jill Biden and Stand Up To Cancer for Major League Baseball’s World Series Game Four in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA – American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Chief Executive Officer Margaret Foti, PhD, MD (hc), will join First Lady Dr. Jill Biden, Major League Baseball, and Stand Up To Cancer® (SU2C) at tonight’s World Series game, where they will participate in Major League Baseball’s 12th annual SU2C ‘placard moment’ – a World Series Game Four tradition that engages the entire stadium as attendees stand in honor of those affected by cancer.
The AACR has been the Scientific Partner of Stand Up To Cancer since 2008, providing expert peer review, grants administration in collaboration with the SU2C Department of Science Strategy and Management, and scientific oversight of team science and individual investigator grants in cancer research that have the potential for near-term patient benefit.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Biden back to Philadelphia to recognize the countless individuals, families, and communities who have been touched by cancer,” said Foti. “The AACR strongly supports the Biden Administration’s reignited Cancer Moonshot and its goal to end cancer as we know it. As a fellow ‘Philly girl,’ I am honored to join the First Lady at tonight’s game to raise awareness about the Cancer Moonshot, to highlight the importance and real-world impact of cancer research, and, of course, to cheer on the Phillies!”
“I’m thrilled to have esteemed members of SU2C’s scientific community joining us today, including Dr. Foti, Dr. Kris Bosse, and Dr. Arnold Levine,” said SU2C Co-Founder Rusty Robertson. “To have First Lady Jill Biden’s support during the game and placard moment is such an incredible honor. We are so grateful to our founding donor, Major League Baseball, for continuing to champion SU2C’s mission to help more people diagnosed with cancer become long-term survivors. Since 2008, MLB has generously pledged more than $50 million to SU2C, which has funded groundbreaking cancer research.”
Based in Philadelphia, the AACR is the world’s first and largest professional organization dedicated to accelerating the conquest of cancer through research, education, communication, collaboration, science policy and advocacy, and funding for cancer research.
President Biden and Dr. Biden have long supported the fight against cancer, a mission that is personal for them as it is for so many Americans. In 2016, as Vice President, Joe Biden led the Cancer Moonshot with the mission to accelerate the rate of progress against cancer. The cancer advocacy, patient, research, and health care communities responded with tremendous energy and ingenuity. Earlier this year, President Biden set a new national goal of cutting the death rate from cancer by at least 50 percent over the next 25 years, and improving the experience of people and their families living with and surviving cancer.