The Journey Home Project donates $50K to cancer center

Posted at 10:51 PM, Dec 04, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-04 23:51:05-05

Charlie Daniels' Journey Home Project gave a $50,000 donation to the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center to help U.S. military veterans battling cancer.

The country star's foundation, TJHP, presented the check to the center last month.

The donation will help establish The Journey Home Project CAR-T Cell Therapy Fund, which will provide leading precision care to our veterans through the navigation and engineering of CAR-T cell therapy.

TJHP co-founder David Corlew presented the check to Jennifer Pietenpol, PhD, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center director and Vanderbilt University Medical Center executive vice president for research, and Madan Jagasia, MBBS, MS, MMHC, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center chief medical officer.

"I have worked with Orrin Ingram and Jennifer Pietenpol for many years through my service on the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Board of Overseers," says Corlew. "I'm excited that The Journey Home Project will now become a part of this wonderful program that will help our veterans." (Orrin Ingram is chair of the Board of Overseers.)

The gift will help provide lifesaving, cutting-edge cancer care to those who have served our country by enabling Vanderbilt-Ingram's stem cell processing laboratory to process chimeric antigen receptor T cells (known as CAR-T cells) for use in patients at the Tennessee Valley Healthcare System.