GREEN BAY – Aaron Rodgers' commitment to end childhood cancer and blood disorders has earned the Packers quarterback an honorary doctorate of humanities degree from the Medical College of Wisconsin, the school announced Thursday.
Rodgers has been active with MCW and others in the community towards helping children with cancer in addition to his involvement with the MACC Fund (Midwest Athletes Against Childhood Cancer, Inc.).
"It is with great pride that we welcome Aaron to the MCW community. Honorary degree recipients exemplify the MCW commitment to the highest standards of education, scholarship, innovation or community engagement," said Dr. John R. Raymond, Sr., president and chief operating officer of MCW in a press release. "When conferring an honorary degree, we honor those individuals in our community who have embraced our ideals and have dedicated a substantial portion of their lives to bettering the world around them."
The honor recognizes Rodgers' contributions to fighting childhood cancer and blood disorders. His actions have helped raise $2.8 million dollars for research impacting thousands of lives.
Rodgers' commitment to the MACC Fund has made a significant positive impact on local children fighting cancer and blood disorders that are treated at Children's Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW) and MCW doctors.
His efforts have helped increase philanthropic support for the MACC Fund, enabling it to make meaningful financial contributions to MCW and its partner, CHW, providing multiple grants, manuscripts, research and clinical trials in pediatric hematology/oncology.
"MCW's conferral of an honorary degree on Aaron Rodgers not only honors this extraordinary individual, but also the MACC Fund's special relationship with the Medical College of Wisconsin," said Jon McGlocklin, co-founder and president of the MACC Fund.
The Packers and MCW have a long and storied history. The Green Bay Packers Foundation has granted nearly $350,000 in support of impact grant for scholarship, curriculum development for MCW-GB, and other MCW initiatives.