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Press Releases / 2013 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MARCH 4, 2013



Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano, along with The V Foundation for Cancer Research President Emeritus Nick Valvano and C.E.O. Susan Braun, will announce a $1 million grant to Albert Einstein College of Medicine at FDNY Headquarters, 9 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn on Monday March 4, 11 a.m. The grant will fund research to study early detection of hematological cancers that effect first responders.

"The fight against cancer is deeply personal to the FDNY because so many members of this Department have lost their lives to this terrible disease," said Commissioner Cassano. "Thanks to this generous grant by the V Foundation, the doctors and researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and the National Cancer Institute will have crucial funding for their important research in the hope of discovering earlier detection of blood-related cancers and increasing survival rates, not only for our members, but for everyone."

"In 20 years The V Foundation has funded more than 500 leading-edge cancer research projects, but this one is especially distinct due to its focus on the FDNY," said Nick Valvano, President Emeritus of The V Foundation. "The success of this project will not only benefit all of society, but it will also support research that will benefit those who do so much for others."

About the V Foundation for Cancer Research:
The V Foundation for Cancer Research was founded in 1993 by ESPN and the late Jim Valvano, legendary North Carolina State basketball coach and ESPN commentator. Since 1993, The Foundation has funded more than $100 million in cancer research grants nationwide. It awards 100 percent of all direct cash donations and net proceeds of events directly to cancer research and related programs. Administrative and fundraising expenses are paid by their endowment. The Foundation distributes grants through a competitive awards process strictly supervised by a Scientific Advisory Board. For more information on The V Foundation or to make a donation, please visit


Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano; Chief of Department Edward S. Kilduff; FDNY Chief Medical Officer, Dr. David Prezant; President Emeritus of The V Foundation, Nick Valvano; C.E.O. of The V Foundation, Susan Braun; many other FDNY officials and their families.


FDNY Headquarters - 9 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY


Monday, March 4 - 11 a.m.

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Press Contact: Francis X. Gribbon & Frank Dwyer, (FDNY) (718) 999-2056


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