Through direct donations to The Blake Vince Payne Star Fund ( and the purchase of the children’s book, “The Miracle Workers: Boy vs. Beast” CNN correspondent René Marsh has raised more than $300k for pediatric brain cancer research. René Marsh, in partnership with The Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, has awarded the first research grant using funds from the Blake Vince Payne Star Fund to St. Jude Children’s Research hospital for pioneering research in infant pineoblastoma.

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