Nebraska Ethanol Fuels Cancer Center Donation

Cindy Zimmerman

Nebraska drivers raised more than $6,100 in October for cancer research by choosing American Ethanol blends at retail stations participating in Fuel the Cure.

Fuel the Cure is a Nebraska awareness promotion designed to bring attention to the benefits of cleaner-burning American Ethanol blends available throughout the state. For every gallon of ethanol-blended fuel – E15 to flex fuel E85 – purchased between Oct. 1-31, the participating fuel station donated 3 cents per gallon with proceeds benefiting the Fred & Pamela Buffett Cancer Center.

While biofuels and cancer research may seem like an unlikely pairing, research shows that using more biofuels leads to less air pollution. According to the American Lung Association, up to 70 percent of ground-level ozone-forming pollutants come from mobile-source emissions.

Representatives from the Nebraska Ethanol Board, Nebraska Corn Board and Renewable Fuels Nebraska presented a donation check to the Cancer Center this week. Pictured here are (LtoR) Roger Berry, director of market development with the Nebraska Corn Board; Sarah Caswell, administrator of the Nebraska Ethanol Board, Ashley Christensen, University of Nebraska Foundation director of development for the Buffett Cancer Center; Megan Grimes, program manager with the Nebraska Ethanol Board; Jan tenBensel, chairman of the Nebraska Ethanol Board; Scott McPheeters, vice-chairman of the Nebraska Ethanol Board.

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