Al Copeland, Jr., CEO and Chairman of the Board of Al Copeland Investments, presented a check in the amount of $100,000 to Dr. Larry Hollier, Chancellor of LSU Health New Orleans, Matthew Altier, President of LSU Health Foundation New Orleans and Dr. Augusto Ochoa, Director of LSU Health New Orleans Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, at the Second Annual Chicken Jam. The Al Copeland Foundation (ACF) and LSU Health New Orleans Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center formed a partnership in 2011 to work towards a cure for the cancer that took the life of Al Copeland, Sr., entrepreneur and founder of Popeyes Famous Fried Chicken, in 2008. Originally focused on viruses that cause cancer, the partnership has expanded to include genomics, immunotherapy, precision medicine, and clinical trials.
“The support from the Al Copeland Foundation has accelerated cancer research at LSU Health New Orleans,” notes Dr. Larry Hollier, Chancellor of LSU Health New Orleans. “The funding from ACF has helped us recruit key research faculty, buy new-era genomics equipment, and attract clinical trials to benefit Louisiana patients.”
Chicken Jam, celebrated on National Fried Chicken Day, is the culmination celebration of a nine-day fundraising campaign that began June 28, Al Copeland Day. Contributions from Copeland's family restaurants and patrons, the Copeland family, corporate sponsors, and the public will help bring potentially life-saving treatments to cancer patients in the Gulf South.
“The ACF has a singular purpose and that is to save lives,” says Al Copeland, Jr., CEO and Chairman of Al Copeland Investments. “To date, we have raised $1.8 million for local cancer research, and these critical funds support very promising immunotherapy clinical trials at LSU Health New Orleans that are bringing new hope to people right here at home.”