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Who has the best chili in Mobile?  Southern Cancer Center wins Cook-off
March 02, 2013 - Rena Havner Philips,

The Southern Cancer Center cooked the best batch of chili in this year’s American Cancer Society Chili Cook-off, judges just announced.

The Southern Cancer Center, which also took first place in the Meat and Bean category was named the overall winner in today’s contest, held at Bienville Square in downtown Mobile. 

That's out of 110 teams that participated in the 24th annual event.

Event chairman Chris Gibbons estimated that as many as 20,000 people showed up to sample chili, listen to live music and socialize for a good cause. The cook-off typically raises about $200,000 for the American Cancer Society.

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Photo taken at the 24th Annual Cancer Society Chili Cook-off, March 02, 2013.

Pictured from left to right: Radcliff Brown, Bradford Liles, Joseph Dennis, Drayton Arendall, Taylor Beville, Steven McMahon, Robert Cook, Robert Hunter, Billy Bixler.

Austin Lacey Fund Reception at the Mitchell Cancer Institute
February 19, 2013 - Mitchell Cancer Institute

The photo below was taken during the Austin Lacey Fund Reception at the Mitchell Cancer Institute in Mobile, AL.  Guests were given a tour of the MCI research facility, followed by a celebration of the success of the First Annual Austin Lacey Blues Brunch and a presentation of funds raised to the MCI.

Offering Hope Becomes Lacey Family Mission
Winter 2013 - University of South Alabama's 'Taking the Lead' Newsletter

At age 27, Austin Lacey, a non-smoker, was diagnosed with lung cancer. “More than anything else, he was extremely practical. When he saw theneed for something, he would do everything he could to get the meansto fix it,” said Haley Westbrook Lacey in describing her husband, Austin.During his treatment, Austin and Haley had to spend a great deal of timeaway from family and friends. Their personal struggle fueled a powerfuldesire to improve treatment options for others and provide more fundingfor research. Haley explained Austin’s motivation saying, “He just wantedto make it better for other people.” Throughout his illness, Lacey workeddiligently with his family to establish the Austin Lacey Fund at USA’sMitchell Cancer Institute (MCI) to provide more resources for people inthe Gulf Coast region.

Since his death in May 2011, Lacey’s family has stepped in to sustain the impact of his work. Austin’s parents Richard and Cindy Lacey, recently made a substantial gift to enhance this fund. Cindy Lacey says the family was very inspired by a tour of MCI. She explained their choice to focus fundraising on MCI’s Drug Discovery Research Center saying, “We thought it would be more motivational to work towards something specific as opposed to just ‘cancer research’ in general.” Richard Lacey seconded his wife’s sentiment, and further expressed the family’s readiness to continue what his son began saying, “Lung cancer is the greatest killer but least funded of the cancers, and we believe our greatest impact should be in our own community.”

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Cancer Study Points to Tighter Pairing of Drugs and Patients
September 9, 2012 - Gina Kolata, The New York Times

Research on a common lung cancer could foretell a type of treatment in which drugs--many of which are in the pipeline already--are chosen to match the genetic mutation in each patient.
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"No Show Bowl" Raises Money to Benefit Lung Cancer Research, Brings Together Alumni of Legendary Rivals
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Nov. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/

LUNGevity Foundation, a non-profit devoted to funding lung cancer research and advocacy, is kicking off the bowl season by hosting the "No Show Bowl" honoring Dr. Bill Bryant and Austin Lacey, two Alabama residents and, respectively, graduates of Auburn and Alabama, who lost their battles with lung cancer.  The "No Show Bowl" is a month-long fundraiser in which participants are asked not to show up anywhere, but simply go online and donate. The event runs the entire month of November, which is National Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and leads into the highly anticipated Iron Bowl between state rivals Auburn and Alabama.  LUNGevity hopes to rally the Tide and Tigers fans as well as sports fans everywhere to come together and take part in a huge "no show" event.
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Gas-N-Go Oil Company, Inc. Presents BP Fueling Communities Grant To The Community Foundation Of South Alabama Austin Lacey Charitable Fund
Fund Established To Fight Cancer In Young Adults
February 13, 2012 - Mobile, Alabama

Gas-N-Go Oil Company, Inc., a BP Branded Marketer servicing BP stations in Baldwin and Mobile Counties, presented a BP Fueling Communities grant donation of $3,250 to the Austin Lacey Charitable Fund at The Community Foundation of South Alabama.

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