By Wendy Sarubbi | January 11, 2016 1:46 pm

As sports fans focuses on Monday’s college football championship, we have our own bowl game in Orlando that’s supporting UCF cancer research.

The inaugural December 19, 2015 AutoNation Cure Bowl raised $150,000 for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. That organization supports the work of College of Medicine cancer researcher Dr. Annette Khaled, who is developing therapies to stop metastatic cancer cells. Such cells, that spread from the original tumor and invade the brain, lungs and bones, are the cause of death for most cancer patients.

The Cure Bowl pitted San Jose and Georgia state universities and drew more than 18,000 fans in its first year. While most NCAA bowl games make contributions to charity, few include the name of their cause in their title. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation is the only A+ rated breast cancer charity in the United States, giving 91 cents of every dollar it receives to researching a cure.

In this video, Dr. Deborah German, UCF vice president for medical affairs and dean of the College of Medicine, Dr. Khaled and Alan Gooch, the AutoNation Cure Bowl’s chief executive officer, explain the importance of a college football event in supporting breast cancer research at Orlando’s own medical school.

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