Chicago-area Pediatric Cancer Charity Gets a Surprise from Taylor Swift

Country superstar selects Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation as charity for CMT Music Awards


CHICAGO, May 17, 2012 - The Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation (CNCF), a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and money to fund a cure for neuroblastoma, a deadly form of childhood cancer, is country music star Taylor Swift's charity of choice for the 2012 CMT Music Awards to be held June 6 in Nashville.


The fan-voted show honors the year's top country videos and musical achievements. (To vote, visit CMT will make a donation on behalf of the winners in each category to their dedicated charity. CNCF stands to benefit from each of three categories in which Swift is nominated: Video of the Year for "Safe and Sound" featuring the Civil Wars; Female Video of the Year for "Ours"; and Collaborative Video of the Year for "Safe and Sound."

CNCF President Pat Tallungan received a call from an awards show representative this week that Swift had selected the charity.

"We are so excited about this opportunity to raise awareness about neuroblastoma on a national stage through such a talented and delightful young lady as Taylor Swift," Tallungan said. "We don't know how she even heard about us. But we are energized and dedicated to doing all that we can to help her win all three awards. I just want you to know, Taylor, that we are eternally grateful and wish you all the best."

Tallungan co-founded CNCF in 2000 after her 10-year-old son, Nick, succumbed to the disease. Neuroblastoma is a solid tumor cancer with a higher incidence rate in infants than leukemia; survival rates are about 40 percent for patients with aggressive, high-risk disease.

CNCF, based out of Bloomingdale, IL, DuPage County, has raised more than $2 million for neuroblastoma research and education.

The Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation (CNCF) is a non-profit national health organization committed to finding a cure for neuroblastoma through research, education, awareness and advocacy. The premier source for neuroblastoma information and resources, CNCF initiatives educate the public about a disease dramatically lacking in awareness and funding. It serves as an advocate for families, as well as a liaison between healthcare providers and families. See