OKEMOS, Mich., Sept. 18 The Delta Dental Foundation todayannounced a call for applications for the 2008 Thomas P. Moore II MemorialGrant, which provides up to $25,000 to a program or project in Ohio, Michiganor Indiana focused on oral cancer education or research.
"There is an incredible need for more research as well as public awarenessand education about this disease because it has a low survival rate but earlydetection helps increase a patient's chances dramatically," said Nancy E.Hostetler, senior vice president of The Delta Dental Foundation.
Approximately 9,000 Americans die from oral cancer each year. The survivalrate for oral cancer is 57 percent but when found early, the survival rateincreases to 81 percent.
The grant is given in memory of the late Thomas P. Moore II, a valuedmember of the board of directors for Delta Dental of Ohio and Delta Dental ofMichigan. Moore, who had been afflicted with oral cancer, passed away in 2005.
Only not-for-profit organizations may apply for the grant and only oneproposal per organization is considered each year. Applications are availableat www.deltadentaloh.com or by calling the Delta Dental Foundation at517-347-5333.
Applications must be received by the Foundation no later than Nov. 14,2008. The award recipient will be announced in December 2008.
About Delta Dental Foundation:
The Delta Dental Foundation is a nonprofit, charitable organizationestablished in 1980 by Delta Dental of Michigan, now Delta Dental of Michigan,Ohio and Indiana. The Foundation's goals are to support education and researchfor the advancement of dental science, and to promote the oral health of thepublic through education and service activities, particularly for those withspecial needs. For more information, visit www.deltadentaloh.com .
SOURCE The Delta Dental Foundation