On September 25, 2009, the first monies raised from the ovarian cancer car tags were presented to UAB. Dr. Alavarez accepted the $48,000 check. He said the money will be used to collect tissue samples from ovarian cancer patients for understanding and investigating the biology of this cancer. This should lead to new ways of treatment. Some of the funds will be combined with federal grants being used for clinical trials with gene therapy.
Also on hand were the Waldrep family who brainstormed the idea for the tag in honor of Brittany Waldrep; Dr. Mack Barnes; Dr. Charles Landen; Lori Livingston and Tiffany Denson of the Norma Livingston Ovarian Cancer Foundation; and Brett McBrayer of the Birmingham Auto Dealers Association (BADA). You may recall that BADA’s charitable arm provided more than $35,000 for folks to order free tags this first year so that our pre-order quota of 1,000 tags would be met. In honor of that, the tags have “Drive Out Ovarian Cancer” on them. The Birmingham News and Fox 6 News covered this event.
The date for the presentation was a special one: it would have been Brittany’s 28th birthday.