ROB HALFORD, GEEZER BUTLER, DAVE GROHL, Others Pay Tribute To RONNIE JAMES DIO On What Would Have Been His 78th Birthday

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, founded
in memory of the late rock legend, will commemorate what would have
been Dio‘s 78th birthday on July 10 with a video in which
rock music celebrities talk about what Ronnie and his music
has meant to them. Dio lost his months-long battle with
gastric cancer 10 years ago, and the charity founded after his
passing has raised more than $2 million to fight the disease that
took his life. Largely compiled from red carpet interviews with
celebrity guests at various Dio Cancer Fund events,
including the 10th-anniversary awards gala held at the Avalon in
Hollywood in February just before the pandemic shutdown, the video
contains special video messages from Rob Halford and
Geezer Butler, who were close friends of Dio‘s. Among
those also expressing their thoughts are Dave Grohl, Jack
Black
, Rudy Sarzo, Craig Goldy, Scott
Warren
, Simon Wright and Vinny Appice of the
DIO band, Fred Coury, Robbie Crane and
Ricky Warwick of BLACK STAR RIDERS, Ahmet
Zappa
, Joey Vera, Glenn Hughes, Jeff
Pilson
, Doug Aldrich, Terry Ilous and Eddie
Trunk
, who hosts most of the Dio Cancer Fund events. In
addition to its two annual events plus gala dinners more intimate
fund-raising efforts and, of course, direct support from the vast
community of Dio fans worldwide, the Dio Cancer Fund
was also the beneficiary of proceeds from the 2014 platinum-selling
tribute album called “This Is Your Life” containing songs
written by Ronnie James Dio that were recorded and donated
by major rock and metal recording artists. The “This Is Your
Life”
album resulted in a 2015 Grammy win for “Best
Metal Performance” for TENACIOUS D (actor/musicians Jack
Black
and Kyle Gass) and their rendition of Ronnie
James Dio
‘s “The Last In Line” from the tribute album.
Dr. David Wong, professor and associate dean for research,
UCLA School of Dentistry and director for UCLA Center for Oral/Head
& Neck Oncology Research (COOR), was among the honorees at this
year’s 10th-anniversary awards gala. He and his dedicated team of
researchers have been developing a simple, non-invasive saliva swab
test for the early detection of specific cancers, a concept that is
tailor-made for the Dio Cancer Fund‘s mission. He believes
this simple test, called a liquid biopsy, can and should become
part of any routine physical examination conducted in a primary
care physician’s office. During his acceptance speech at the gala,
Dr. Wong announced that the financial support from the
Dio Cancer Fund had resulted in their research obtaining
$8.2 million in additional funding from the National Institutes of
Health (NIH) and that he expected a saliva test with “the ability
to screen for the earliest sign of gastric cancer” will be
available for medical use within the next three years. In its early
stages, the Dio Cancer Fund committed funds over a
three-year period to specific gastric cancer research at M.D.
Anderson Cancer Center in Houston where Ronnie James Dio was
treated for the last six months of his life. Additionally, the
Dio Cancer Fund donated seed money to the Vanderbilt
University Hospital in Nashville, via its relationship with the
T.J. Martell Foundation, to support research for a blood
test to detect gastric and esophageal cancers that the hospital was
able to parlay into a multi-million-dollar grant from the NIH.
Ronnie James Dio, the world-renowned voice behind such
iconic heavy metal bands as BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW,
HEAVEN & HELL and his own band, DIO, valiantly
battled gastric cancer for some six months after a devastating
terminal diagnosis. The Dio Cancer Fund, created in his
memory, has made it its mission to help eradicate this disease
through education and by association with ground-breaking research
into early detection. As Dio Cancer Fund‘s founder/president
Wendy Dio regularly says: “Early detection saves lives.”

The Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund, founded
in memory of the late rock legend, will commemorate what would have
been Dio’s 78th birthday on July 10 with a video in which
rock music celebrities talk about what Ronnie and his music
has meant to them. Dio lost his months-long battle with
gastric cancer 10 years ago, and the charity founded after his
passing has raised more than $2 million to fight the disease that
took his life. Largely compiled from red carpet interviews with
celebrity guests at various Dio Cancer Fund events,
including the 10th-anniversary awards gala held at the Avalon in
Hollywood in February just before the pandemic shutdown, the video
contains special video messages from Rob Halford and
Geezer Butler, who were close friends of Dio’s. Among
those also expressing their thoughts are Dave Grohl, Jack
Black, Rudy Sarzo, Craig Goldy, Scott
Warren, Simon Wright and Vinny Appice of the
DIO band, Fred Coury, Robbie Crane and
Ricky Warwick of BLACK STAR RIDERS, Ahmet
Zappa, Joey Vera, Glenn Hughes, Jeff
Pilson, Doug Aldrich, Terry Ilous and Eddie
Trunk, who hosts most of the Dio Cancer Fund events. In
addition to its two annual events plus gala dinners more intimate
fund-raising efforts and, of course, direct support from the vast
community of Dio fans worldwide, the Dio Cancer Fund
was also the beneficiary of proceeds from the 2014 platinum-selling
tribute album called “This Is Your Life” containing songs
written by Ronnie James Dio that were recorded and donated
by major rock and metal recording artists. The “This Is Your
Life” album resulted in a 2015 Grammy win for “Best
Metal Performance” for TENACIOUS D (actor/musicians Jack
Black and Kyle Gass) and their rendition of Ronnie
James Dio’s “The Last In Line” from the tribute album.
Dr. David Wong, professor and associate dean for research,
UCLA School of Dentistry and director for UCLA Center for Oral/Head
& Neck Oncology Research (COOR), was among the honorees at this
year’s 10th-anniversary awards gala. He and his dedicated team of
researchers have been developing a simple, non-invasive saliva swab
test for the early detection of specific cancers, a concept that is
tailor-made for the Dio Cancer Fund’s mission. He believes
this simple test, called a liquid biopsy, can and should become
part of any routine physical examination conducted in a primary
care physician’s office. During his acceptance speech at the gala,
Dr. Wong announced that the financial support from the
Dio Cancer Fund had resulted in their research obtaining
$8.2 million in additional funding from the National Institutes of
Health (NIH) and that he expected a saliva test with “the ability
to screen for the earliest sign of gastric cancer” will be
available for medical use within the next three years. In its early
stages, the Dio Cancer Fund committed funds over a
three-year period to specific gastric cancer research at M.D.
Anderson Cancer Center in Houston where Ronnie James Dio was
treated for the last six months of his life. Additionally, the
Dio Cancer Fund donated seed money to the Vanderbilt
University Hospital in Nashville, via its relationship with the
T.J. Martell Foundation, to support research for a blood
test to detect gastric and esophageal cancers that the hospital was
able to parlay into a multi-million-dollar grant from the NIH.
Ronnie James Dio, the world-renowned voice behind such
iconic heavy metal bands as BLACK SABBATH, RAINBOW,
HEAVEN & HELL and his own band, DIO, valiantly
battled gastric cancer for some six months after a devastating
terminal diagnosis. The Dio Cancer Fund, created in his
memory, has made it its mission to help eradicate this disease
through education and by association with ground-breaking research
into early detection. As Dio Cancer Fund’s founder/president
Wendy Dio regularly says: “Early detection saves lives.”

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