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UConn Foundation Wins CASE Bronze Circle of Excellence Award

Tiffany Ventura Thiele
Tiffany Ventura Thiele

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The UConn Foundation’s video featuring UConn student-athlete and cancer survivor Ryan Radue recently received international recognition.

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE), headquartered in Washington, D.C., with members around the world, awarded a Bronze Circle of Excellence Award in Best Fundraising Video, Long, to the UConn Foundation.

The seven-minute video features the journey of Ryan Radue, a relief pitcher and graduate student, who discovered he had cancer in his knee and neck. The video, produced by Foundation Marketing and Communications staff member Jennifer Huber and filmmaker Jeffrey Teitler, details his battle against cancer while undergoing treatment at the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center at UConn Health in Farmington. Now cancer-free, Radue has helped raise support for research and patient care at UConn Health.

“We’re honored that Ryan allowed us to share his courageous story with the world,” said Josh Newton, president and CEO, UConn Foundation. “His perseverance in fighting this deadly disease has been an inspiration to us all. While we’re honored to receive this award, it is most important that people hear Ryan’s story of strength and survival.”

The Council for Advancement and Support of Education is one of the largest international associations of education institutions, serving more than 3,670 universities, colleges, schools, and related organizations in more than 82 countries. CASE is the leading resource for professional development, information and standards in the fields of education fundraising, communications, marketing and alumni relations.

Watch Ryan’s story here or support the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center here.

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Former FVL star Radue ready to launch comeback

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By Tim Froberg, USA Today Network-Wisconsin
This article was originally published on Post-Crescent.

The hair is coming back and so is the fastball.

The latter will serve Ryan Radue well the remainder of his collegiate baseball career at the University of Connecticut.

When he does return to the mound, Radue may see the sport differently.

He’s endured enough off the field to know that must-win games don’t really exist. But there are must-win situations in life, and he’s winning a personal battle against the ultimate opponent.

Read the rest of the story on Post-Crescent.

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UConn Community Unites To Help Pitcher Ryan Radue Beat Cancer

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“Weeks of powerful chemotherapy had wiped out the cancer discovered in [UConn baseball pitcher Ryan] Radue’s knee and neck, with a month of radiation still to come. But neither the illness nor the harsh effects of treatment separated him from school, where he graduated in December, a semester early, or his teammates. Now his fight is in the late innings and he let everyone know he was winning. He hopes to be pitching by the end of April.

“‘That’s all him,’ said outfielder Joe DeRoche-Duffin, one of Radue’s closest friends. ‘It just shows you the internal fight that he has, and it’s so inspiring. He’s just been amazing.'”

Ryan will be one of several honored guests at the 7th Annual UConn Health White Coat Gala, recognizing our community’s heroes and healers in the fight against cancer. The event, set for April 16, will also recognize Bess Economos, co-founder of the Lea’s Foundation for Leukemia Research, and Pramod Srivastava, PhD, MD, director of the Carole and Ray Neag Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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