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Journey Home Project and Charlie Daniels help veterans battling cancer

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The Journey Home Project, co-founded by Charlie Daniels and his manager David Corlew, is continuing its ongoing support for veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. In its most recent effort, The Journey Home Project has donated $50,000 to Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville to help military veterans battling cancer. Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center is a leader in the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the disease. The donation will establish the The Journey Home Project CAR-T Cell Therapy Fund, which will provide care to veterans through a process known as CAR-T cell therapy.

Corlew was on hand to present the donation to Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center director Jennifer Pietenpol, PhD, and Madan Jagasia, MBBS, MS, MMHC, Vanderbilt-Ingram chief medical officer. “I have worked with [Board of Overseers chair] Orrin Ingram and Jennifer Pietenpol for many years through my service on the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Board of Overseers,” Corlew said. “I’m excited that The Journey Home Project will now become a part of this wonderful program that will help our veterans.” Pietenpol noted of the donation, “We are honored to help care for our veterans. The support from The Journey Home Project foundation and other gifts are very important as they enable us to provide new treatment advances that save lives.”

The gift will help provide life-saving, cutting-edge cancer care to veterans. This therapy uses a patient’s own immune system T cells to discover and destroy cancer cells. The donation also helps expand access by providing enhanced software to coordinate the collection, processing and administration of CAR-T cells.

“I don’t know of a more pressing issue in the lives of our veterans than their need for aggressive health care,” said Daniels, a longtime advocate for veterans, in a statement about the donation. “We at The Journey Home Project are very excited about the prospect of new approaches in the treatment of cancer that our CAR-T Cell Therapy Fund advances, and we are committed to supporting it.”

Daniels and his manager Corlew founded The Journey Home Project in 2014 to assist U.S. veterans.