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Bart Starr will always be a hero known for his legendary plays, though his real heroism was his dedication to putting others first. 

Bart used to write letters to starting quarterbacks each year wishing them a successful season. This year, Bart’s wife Cherry is continuing that tradition. Cherry humbly asked each quarterback to sign a team helmet to raise funds through an online auction for the Starr Children’s Fund, which she and Bart started in collaboration with the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation in 2017. 

We are honored to say that all 32 NFL quarterbacks and several legends will join Cherry in carrying on Bart’s legacy off the field.  

During Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month this September, you can bid on a helmet signed by your favorite quarterback to honor Bart and support children impacted by cancer, including the caregivers who are heroes for putting their patients first. Bidding runs Sept. 22 to Sept. 29. Visit this site for ongoing updates and follow the foundation’s Facebook, Twitter and Instagram channels.


BART & CHERRY STARR   

In the seventeenth round of the NFL Draft in 1956, the Green Bay Packers drafted Bart Starr out of the University of Alabama. His playing time was limited during his first few years on the team, but the arrival of Vince Lombardi as the Packers coach in 1959, changed Bart Starr’s football career forever. Starr led the Green Bay Packers to five NFL titles and two Super Bowl Championships. Starr played for 15 years as quarterback and rose to become one the greatest players the NFL has ever seen.

Bart Starr married his high school sweetheart, Cherry, in May of 1954. Their love spanned more than six decades, and the couple dedicated countless hours to supporting a variety of charitable causes along with furthering the mission of the VLCF. After Vince Lombardi passed away from colon cancer in 1970, Bart and Cherry Starr graciously accepted the role of Honorary Chairpersons of the first annual Vince Lombardi Memorial Golf Classic. They tirelessly served as Honorary Chairpersons of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation for 44 years and contributed to raising more than $16 million to help fight cancer. In 2017, Bart and Cherry Starr introduced the Starr Children's Fund which is dedicated to raising funds to support pediatric cancer research and treatments.

In May 2019, Starr passed away. His legacy on and off the field will always be remembered and certainly missed. His commitment and passion for supporting cancer research will continue to drive efforts through the Starr Children’s Fund and the mission of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation.  

 
 
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Bart Starr’s legacy on the football field is matched by his charitable legacy. After Vince Lombardi passed away from colon cancer in 1970, Bart and Cherry Starr graciously accepted the role of Honorary Chairpersons of the first annual Vince Lombardi Memorial Golf Classic. They tirelessly served as Honorary Chairpersons of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Foundation for 44 years and contributed to raising more than $16 million to help fight cancer.

In 2017, Bart and Cherry Starr introduced the Starr Children's Fund which is dedicated to raising funds to support pediatric cancer research and treatments.