KU Cancer Center partners with Kansas City Chiefs, V Foundation for grant

The University of Kansas Cancer Center's Bloch Radiation Oncology Pavilion is pictured June 11, 2017. The facility is located on the KU Medical Center Campus, 3901 Rainbow Blvd. in Kansas City, Kan.

The University of Kansas Cancer Center will partner with the Kansas City Chiefs and the V Foundation to create a $200,000 grant for cancer research.

The Chiefs, via the Hunt Family Foundation, and the KU Cancer Center will each raise $50,000 for cancer research, according to a press release from the organizations. The V Foundation, a nonprofit founded by ESPN and the late coach Jim Valvano, plans to match the $100,000 and fund a junior investigator grant.

The grant will fund research projects for an emerging tenure-track researcher at the Cancer Center, the release said.

“By funding research at The University of Kansas Cancer Center, we are fostering new therapies to fight cancer, providing new hope for patients, and supporting the Kansas City community as well as this entire region,” Bob Page, president and CEO of The University of Kansas Health System, said in the release.

This is the first time the V Foundation has partnered with an NFL team, according to the release.