Great news: update on our friend, Royce!

Many of you have read about our young friend, Royce, on our Patient Services page and social media. So we wanted to share this exciting news from his mother, Jess!

12528096_10207657708257278_1849552656_n“My son Royce just past his 1.5 year mark for being in remission from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Thanks to T.J. Martell’s support along with our friends, family, and the incredible team at CHLA we felt supported and guided and encouraged every step of the way. It feels wonderful to have this milestone behind us and we look forward to many more years cancer free to appreciate life and for my son to enjoy a regular childhood!”

What an inspiration! Go, Royce, go!

Need some fitspiration?

134710-067-022Our #FitnessFriday inspiration comes from Stephanie Rubin and Laura Feidelson. They ran the Pinehurst, North Carolina Turkey Trot Half Marathon in 2 hours and 7 minutes, and ended up raising almost $12,500 for our research programs in honor of a loved one!

“When my father was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he was lucky enough to end up in the very competent hands of Dr. Mitchell Benson who got the situation under control.  I was so inspired by Dr. Benson and so grateful that I decided to run this half marathon and donate to the T.J. Martell Foundation prostate cancer research to hopefully help him continue to save lives.  I am just so honored to have contributed to such an incredible foundation and I hope to run many more races for T.J. Martell in the future,” says Stephanie.

Please join us in congratulating and thanking these inspiring young women!

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Jan Swenson is going back to IronMan Lake Placid with a Purpose!

Jan Swenson TreatmentWe are thrilled to have cancer survivor Jan Swenson using the 2016 IronMan Lake Placid as a fundraising platform to raise vital funds for our leukemia, cancer and AIDS program.

“As a cancer survivor myself, I’m proud to support the T.J. Martell Foundation’s outstanding research on ‪#‎GivingTuesday‬ and every day. I’m competing in the 2016 IronMan Lake Placid and hope you’ll check out my fundraising page. Together we can help fund a cure.” – Jan Swenson

IM finisherOnly one week after the launch of his campaign, he’s already more than halfway to reaching his goal of raising $5,000 for our outstanding research hospitals across the country! What an inspiration to cancer patients, survivors and their families everywhere. Please click here to visit his fundraising page today and help him surpass his goal. Don’t forget to check back soon for updates on his training and fundraising!

Gillian’s Story of Survival

487635909.224532414I am blessed to be alive! In 2013, I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer, which had metastasized to other organs and bones in my body.  As I was being treated for pain management at a hospital in Westchester, NY the doctors and oncologist that evaluated my case said my days were numbered and recommended that my next stop was Hospice Care and beginning Chemotherapy treatments immediately, which did not align with my belief system.

This is where God stepped in with my sister finding out about Dr. James F. Holland from a colleague.  My prayers were answered in my first phone conversation with Dr. James F. Holland. He said, “Gillian, I am looking for someone who wants to live,” and I said, “you are speaking to that person.” In that same conversation Dr. Holland had already evaluated my case with a recommendation that saved my life, and the protocol did not involve Chemotherapy or Radiation.

I am filled with a tremendous amount of gratitude to report it’s been over two years and I am alive to share my story.  This is due to Dr. Holland’s expertise and support not just in the protocol he recommended, but his integrity and sincerity in supporting how I approached my healing process for my mind, body and spirit.

I was blessed to have the same amazing Oncologist that touched the life of T.J. Martell, and 40 years later he touched my life by his commitment to innovative cancer research.   I thank God for the T.J. Martell Foundation’s unwavering commitment to raising funds for innovative research to find treatments and cures for Leukemia, Cancer and Aids.  More importantly this funding enables more “Oncology Trailblazers” like Dr. James F. Holland to SAVE LIVES.




Guest Blog Post: How to Stay Energized From Morning Until Night


The difference between a person and a machine is that a machine can run for 24 hours nonstop, with no exhaustion whatsoever. A person, on the other hand, can’t be able to work under such conditions and perform effectively all through. Yes, not even with coffee.  We get tired; we require some sleep. Experts recommend that you have at least 6 hours of sleep. A sad reality in life is that most people are obsessed with achieving the “it” kind of life. We want people to admire and envy us for all that we have. It doesn’t matter if you will spend the entire night working, just to add a few dollars to our accounts. We don’t care that we are losing touch with our families; in any case they should be thankful we are doing all this for them. Isn’t that so? No?

With that kind of a mentality and lifestyle, you might be doing more harm to yourself than good. First of all sleep deprivation leaves you irritable and underproductive. You tend to lose concentration easily and this make you prone to missing some major details in the things you are doing. Again, your family is the most important part of your life. By all means work to make their lives better, but don’t forget to check on then every once in a while. Just to know how they have been fairing. This gives them a sense of security as they feel you love them despite your busy schedule.

In this article, we look at the routine that you should follow to have an energized productive day, especially for a woman.  Adhere to the following things.

  1. Stop the Habit of Snoozing

I know that most alarm systems have a button that says snooze, but please if it’s waking up, stop using it. This is because, when the alarm rings, you are awoken. If you snooze for let’s say another ten minutes, that is not enough time for you to have fallen asleep completely. Thus, it will ring again when you are halfway asleep. This interferes with your hormones and tends to make you sluggish throughout the day.

  1. Lighten up the place

Draw out the curtains for light to get in the house. Light helps in stimulating the wake-up processes. In the event that you are an early riser and it’s still dark outside, switch the lights on. This will make you feel more ready to start the day’s activities.

  1. Jumpstart you day with some exercise

Before everyone else wakes up and start asking for things, they probably should not be having, you need to have some you-time. Do a 30 to 45 minutes exercise to boost your mood. Alternatively, if you are a yogi, you can practice a few postures.  This will help you come down and easily tackle everything else that comes your way during the day.

  1. Take a healthy breakfast

As a mother, you are required to do a lot of stuff in the morning. Ensure everybody is ready in time and they do not miss anything.  Prepare their breakfast snacks for the day and a whole bunch of other stuff. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Prepare one that is health and enough for everyone. Minimize the carbohydrates intake and opt for the lean protein and healthy fats.

  1. Carry a snack to the office

Taking your snack ensures you don’t get tempted to eat the junk foods mainly offered in the cafeteria.  You can watch what you are eating as most of these foods contains loads of unhealthy fats. A snack is essential to keep you full during the day. Some nuts like almond or and avocado stuffed snack are quite ideal.

  1. Don’t forget to eat your lunch

Lunch is the second most important meal of the day. No matter how busy you are, don’t forget to take it. It will keep you refreshed and bursting with energy in the afternoon, which is otherwise deemed to be boring.

  1. Drink, Drink Water

I think this should become the 11th commandment. I guess that’s when most people will start taking it seriously. Dehydration is not going to do any good to you aside from making you tired and irritable. Staying hydrated is a sure way to keep you energized throughout the day and your alertness level is increased. Eight glasses a day will do just fine or eat foods that have a high water content e.g. watermelons. Whatever you do ensure you are hydrated and no, coffee is not one of the drinks I am talking about.

  1. Take in Vegetables and Fruits

Vitamins and minerals found in most foods are essential not only for your health but also to keep you energized during the day.  They also make a sweet, refreshing snack, especially in the afternoon.


After the day is over, write a note of the things you need to do the next day. Don’t carry your work home and deny yourself the chance to connect with your family. The work stress may affect your health, so a few minutes of yoga will also be welcome as it helps in relieving the day’s stress. Help the children with their homework and connect with your partner. These are the little things that make a lot of difference in our lives. In no time, you will become healthier and happier.


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In Honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

unnamedIn honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the T.J. Martell Foundation and all its supporters on behalf of the physicians, researchers and patients at the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases (CCCBD) at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

For over two decades, the T.J. Martell Foundation has been a generous partner in the cancer research taking place at CHLA. In that time, the cure rates for childhood cancers have steadily increased due to research and improvements in treatment.

Seed funding from the T.J. Martell Foundation has helped our investigators perform initial work that has led to obtaining additional peer-reviewed research grants from the National Cancer Institute, the Department of Defense, and other foundations. Thus, leveraging funding from the T.J. Martell Foundation serves to further advance pediatric cancer research at CHLA.

Thirty years ago, neuroblastoma, a deadly form of cancer in young children, had a survival rate of less than 15% for those with the high-risk form of the disease. The T.J Martell Foundation has supported Dr. Robert Seeger’s field advancing investigations in this area and now the cure rate has increased to 45%. Drs. Seeger, Yves DeClerck, and Shahab Asgharzadeh are working to better understand tumor growth and spread and to develop new treatments to target the tumor microenvironment. This research may further improve the survival of children with neuroblastoma.

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is the most frequent type of cancer in children. Dr. Nora Heisterkamp’s research focuses on the interaction between leukemia cells and the bone marrow that lead to resistance to chemotherapy. Her findings have revealed that “natural killer” cells grown from the blood of children with leukemia can be used to overcome this chemotherapy resistance in the laboratory, leading to a new approach in immunotherapy to be studied in a clinical trial.

A clinical study of dietary intervention designed to treat children who are overweight has been developed as a result of the research of Dr. Steven Mittelman, who studies how fat cells protect leukemia against chemotherapy. His laboratory explores the link between obesity and poor outcomes from childhood leukemia.

Dr. Anat Epstein was the first to demonstrate that a gene called PID1 has important functions in childhood and adult brain tumors. With T.J. Martell Foundation funding she continues to focus on understanding how that gene regulates brain tumor growth and how it can be used to sensitize brain tumors to chemotherapy.

The CCCBD at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is the only program supported by the T. J. Martell Foundation that focuses solely on childhood malignancies. With just 4% of U.S. federal cancer funding devoted to childhood cancer, such philanthropic support is vitally important in the quest to cure children with cancer and leukemia. The T.J. Martell Foundation is a valued partner in the fight against childhood cancer, which is a source of hope to children and families courageously facing cancer.

Alan S. Wayne, M.D.
Director, Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases
Head, Division of Hematology, Oncology and Blood & Marrow Transplantation
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Keck School of Medicine
University of Southern California

Our New Partnership with Grammy Award winner Pat Monahan

We are proud to announce that Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Pat Monahan as the National Spokesperson of the Foundation’s 40th Anniversary. Monahan is best known as the lead vocalist for the band Train.


From 1994 to 2006, Monahan released four studio albums with Train, In 2002, the band earned Grammy Awards, one of them for the song “Drops of Jupiter(Tell Me),” which was written by Monahan and inspired by his late mother who had died of cancer. Monahan’s close relationship with his mother and experiences with treatments provided by the T.J. Martell Foundation’s aggressive research and patient therapy programs allows him a very personal perspective and opportunity serving as the 40th Anniversary representative.

As the face of the 40th Anniversary of The T.J. Martell Foundation, Monahan will appear at the foundation’s 40th Anniversary Honors Gala in New York to be held October 15th, appear in select media programs on behalf of the foundation and lend his face and voice to help raise funds for continued research in the hope to find a cure for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS in our lifetime.

“I’ve seen firsthand the good that the T.J. Martell Foundation can do, and I want to stand beside them as they celebrate four decades of life-saving research,” said Monahan. “The work they’re doing is invaluable to anyone that suffers from these devastating diseases as well as their families. I hope to spread more awareness to the importance of their fight.”

“We are delighted that Pat Monahan will join us this year as the National Spokesperson of our important 40th Anniversary,” said Tony Martell, Founder & Chairman of the T.J. Martell Foundation. “Pat brings a very personal story about his mother’s fight with cancer to our organization and because of that has a deep understanding of the research we have funded. His artistry as a gifted musician and personal perspective on our organization makes him the perfect choice to help us launch the next 40 years of medical innovation for these horrible diseases.”

Monahan’s career also includes collaborations with Richie Sambora, Martina McBride, INXS, Cyndi Lauper and many others. He performed with The Hollies at their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony and contributed a cover of Buddy Holly’s “Maybe Baby” for their tribute album “Listen to Me: Buddy Holly (2011). He also appeared on the hit show The Voice and in 2013 started a podcast called Patcast where he interviews different people in the music industry and talks about his work with Train.


We are Proud of our Commitment to Excellence

BlogThe T.J. Martell Foundation has contributed to many scientific achievements in leukemia, cancer and AIDS research over the past forty years. We are also focused on funding the brightest minds that will be the leaders in scientific research of tomorrow.

To read more about the life-saving research we are funding with your support, please click here.