Blake Shelton Honors His Cousin With Cancer Research Program

Country star Blake Shelton has established a Cancer Research Program at Oklahoma University’s Children’s Hospital in honor of his young cousin, Aspen Van Horn, who underwent treatment at the University’s Jimmy Everest Center.

“They don’t turn any kids away,” Shelton said in a recent statement. “You come in there, you have a problem, they don’t turn anybody away, so I thought, ‘That’s a place that needs some money.'”

Having been diagnosed with a neuroblastoma tumour at 5 months old, Aspen, who will turn three in January of 2019, lived through two blood transfusions, three rounds of chemotherapy and one surgery to remove a substantial part of the tumour.

“This research program will help us further our mission to see more kids ring the bell, symbolizing the end of active treatment and the beginning of a life free of cancer,” said Chip Keating, the President of the Children’s Hospital Foundation board, abundantly thanking Shelton’s generous contributions.

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