St. Patrick's Day Parade Funds Cancer Research

By Megan Carpenter |

Published 03/17 2014 06:33PM

Updated 03/17 2014 07:29PM

BURLINGTON, Vt.- While many people enjoy the S.D. Ireland St. Patrick's Day Parade each year, some don't know the story behind it.  For the past 7 years, it has been a fundraiser for cancer research in Vermont, funding life-saving treatments.

"The funds go to trying to set-up new therapies to treat cancer," says Dr. David Krag of UVM's Vermont Cancer Center.

Scott and Kim Ireland have been putting on the parade for 20 years.  After Scott was diagnosed with melanoma and underwent treatment at the Cancer Center, the Irelands decided to turn their annual parade into something more.

"Unfortunately, there aren't many families you can find where it's not close to home for them, which is why we do what we do," says Kim Ireland.

Over the past decade, the S.D. Ireland St. Patrick's Day Parade has raised more than $3 million for Dr. Krag's work and the Vermont Cancer Center.  Dr. Krag says while other sources of funding are drying up, this help is critical to keeping cancer research going. 

"For example, if I submit my grant in, the chance of getting it funded is one out of 10," says Dr. Krag.

To donate to the Vermont Cancer Center, click the link below, then, click "Donate."

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