Thank you to everyone who supported our first Brew for a Cure in Southern California!

“We are thrilled and honored that so many of the region’s top restaurants and breweries have given their time and support to be a part of this important cause by donating a portion of sales or making a general donation,” says T.J. Martell Foundation CEO Laura Heatherly.

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Patient Legacy Lives On Thanks to Music Industry Help

TJM NY GalaWe are very proud to be featured in CURE Magazine. An excerpt of the article is posted below. To read the full article, please click here.

T.J. Martell was in his late teens when he was diagnosed with leukemia. Before he passed away in 1974 at the age of 21, T.J. told his oncologist, James Holland, M.D., FASCO, that he wanted to help others affected by the disease.

Holland explained that scientific research would be the catalyst to finding better treatments and saving lives, and that it would take millions of dollars. Instead of being intimidated by that amount, T.J. asked his father, music industry executive Tony Martell, to promise to raise $1 million dollars for research. Even though Tony Martell had no fundraising experience, he agreed.

The T.J. Martell Foundation was launched shortly after T.J. passed. Nearly 43 years later, it has become one of the world’s leading sponsors of innovative early-stage research into the treatments and cures for cancer.

“Since its inception in 1975, the foundation has raised more than $280 million for cancer research at leading research facilities and flagship hospitals across the United States, including the T.J. Martell Memorial Laboratories at Mount Sinai where Dr. Holland conducted his research until he passed away earlier this year,” Kate Fitzpatrick, Director of Communications and Patient Services for the T.J. Martell Foundation for Cancer Research, said in an interview with CURE.

Fueled by the tragic loss of their son, Tony and his wife Vicky Martell built the foundation by working closely with their passionate friends in the music industry to continue his legacy and expand the foundation’s fundraising initiatives every year. Thanks to these like-minded friends, the organization grew across the country to markets like New Jersey, Nashville, Los Angeles, Houston, Miami and Atlanta.

While it was born from connections in the music industry, the foundation has found ongoing success beyond that community in the past four decades. “Over the years, we have kept the foundation’s roots deep in the music industry while expanding to many other industries,” said Fitzpatrick. “Today, the T.J. Martell Foundation is a vibrant organization with creative, passionate volunteers and donors who are committed to funding research that will one day lead to a cure for cancer.”

To read the full article, please click here.

Good Deeds!

 

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Good Deeds is a grassroots initiative created by the T.J. Martell Foundation to highlight individuals who are raising vital funds for our cutting-edge cancer research programs.

We are proud to recognize Bob McGilpin as our first Good Deeds award recipient. Bob is an Amp Designer and Builder with GEMTONE Amplifiers. He has donated 14 amplifiers for T.J. Martell Foundation auctions that have raised over $20,000 for our cancer research programs over the past several years.

Bob is also a prostate cancer survivor, diagnosed when he was only age 40 thanks to the PSA (prostate specific antigen) blood test created by the Foundation’s longtime researcher Dr. Mitchell Benson. The early detection made all the difference in survival and quality of life. “As a cancer survivor for 25 years now, the T.J. Martell Foundation is very near and dear to me.  I will never cure cancer but by building an amp and donating it to the T.J. Martell Foundation it just might help raise the dollars to bring Music’s Promise for a Cure one day closer,” says Bob.

“Bob and I had the pleasure of meeting and chatting with Dr. Benson at the Foundation’s Scientific Retreat Dinner in January of this year. Dr. Benson was very happy to meet a 25-year survivor, thanks to his great research and creation of the PSA test,” adds Bob’s wife Rochelle, who serves as Auction Manager for the T.J. Martell Foundation.

To all guys out there, please remember to get your screenings and have a very happy Father’s Day!

Q&A: Women of Influence Honoree Dr. Mindy Greenstein

We will celebrate our 6th Annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 11th in New York City at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. Hosted by Mary Calvi, Anchor, CBS 2 News This Morning and CBS 2 News At Noon, the Women of Influence Awards presented by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP honors extraordinary women who have pushed the boundaries by achieving outstanding goals in business, work, family, home, and health while inspiring women around the globe to live their dreams.

Mindy WOI SlideIn anticipation of this exciting event, we are honored to interview each of our honorees. Today’s interview is with Mindy Greenstein, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist, Psycho-Oncologist and Author. 

What does it mean to you to be chosen as a Woman of Influence and receive the Dr. Jimmie Holland Pioneer Award by the T.J. Martell Foundation?

Jimmie was a farmer’s daughter from Nevada, Texas, who created a new medical field, and helped lead the way for patient-centered care in all medical specialties. Receiving these awards mean so much to me on so many levels, as a psycho-oncologist, as Jimmie’s colleague and friend, and as a cancer survivor myself.  Such was Jimmie’s vibrancy that I still feel her presence in the world. The Dr. Jimmie Holland Pioneer Award will help keep it there while honoring the people who continue the work she started.

What piece of advice would you give to young women today to inspire them to follow their dreams?

Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. To paraphrase the author Margaret Atwood, “Good judgment comes from experience. But experience comes from bad judgment.” Or, as Samuel Beckett said, “Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try Again. Fail again. Fail better.”

What steps do you take to make health and wellness a priority in your life?

I walk everywhere, and use any excuse to amble through the park. Nature, the trees, the sounds of birdsong are all rejuvenating. I try to behave mindfully, and to make sure to breathe deeply. And I look for reasons to laugh. Laughter helps bring down stress levels and can even increase pain tolerance, even more so when you’re laughing with others.

To help honor Mindy and our other outstanding honorees, please click here.

 

Monday Motivation from Women of Influence Honoree Rachael Ray

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We will celebrate our 6th Annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon this Friday, May 11th in New York City at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. Hosted by Mary Calvi, Anchor, CBS 2 News This Morning and CBS 2 News At Noon, the Women of Influence Awards presented by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP honors extraordinary women who have pushed the boundaries by achieving outstanding goals in business, work, family, home, and health while inspiring women around the globe to live their dreams.

In anticipation of this exciting event, we asked each honoree to write a special message for the beautiful keepsake event journal. Rachael Ray‘s message below is today’s Monday Motivation!

“Work harder than everybody else, don’t complain about it. Be grateful for work. It’s a privilege not a right. Take your job seriously, don’t take yourself too seriously.”

We still have a few tickets left for Friday’s event, which will benefit breast and ovarian cancer research. To help honor Rachael and our other outstanding honorees, please click here.

Q&A: Women of Influence Honoree Elizabeth Matthews

We will celebrate our 6th Annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 11th in New York City at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. Hosted by Mary Calvi, Anchor, CBS 2 News This Morning and CBS 2 News At Noon, the Women of Influence Awards presented by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP honors extraordinary women who have pushed the boundaries by achieving outstanding goals in business, work, family, home, and health while inspiring women around the globe to live their dreams.

Elizabeth WOI SlideIn anticipation of this exciting event, we are honored to interview each of our honorees. Today’s interview is with Elizabeth Matthews, CEO of ASCAP.

What piece of advice would you give to young women today to inspire them to follow their dreams?

No matter what job you have, always nurture your intellectual curiosity, focus on building long lasting relationships with others and ensure that you have grit and self-determination within.  Most job challenges will exceed your current skills or knowledge base so it’s important to know that you can never stop studying, never stop working hard and never give up.  The most successful people I know work incredibly hard at what they do and put in the extra time to continually improve.  It is the competition with yourself not others that is the most important element.

To help honor Elizabeth and our other outstanding honorees, please click here.

Q&A: Women of Influence Honoree Mary Pierson

We will celebrate our 6th Annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 11th in New York City at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. Hosted by Mary Calvi, Anchor, CBS 2 News This Morning and CBS 2 News At Noon, the Women of Influence Awards presented by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP honors extraordinary women who have pushed the boundaries by achieving outstanding goals in business, work, family, home, and health while inspiring women around the globe to live their dreams.

Mary WOI SlideIn anticipation of this exciting event, we are honored to interview each of our honorees. Today’s interview is with Mary Pierson, Senior Vice President of Design, J.Crew.

What does it mean to you to be chosen as a Woman of Influence by the T.J. Martell Foundation?

Incredibly honored and humbled.  I hope I can send a message to women of all ages out there to be persistent and relentless in achieving your goals.

What piece of advice would you give to young women today to inspire them to follow their dreams?

Work hard, stay humble, stand firm for what you believe in, listen, lead change.

What steps do you take to make health and wellness a priority in your life?

Try to eat well/clean–use fresh natural ingredients in my food, get enough sleep and have an active life style—get out in nature and regular exercise (which is the hardest thing to fit into a busy schedule!!).

To help honor Mary and our other outstanding honorees, please click here.

Q&A: Women of Influence Honoree Dana Miller

We will celebrate our 6th Annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 11th in New York City at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. Hosted by Mary Calvi, Anchor, CBS 2 News This Morning and CBS 2 News At Noon, the Women of Influence Awards presented by Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP honors extraordinary women who have pushed the boundaries by achieving outstanding goals in business, work, family, home, and health while inspiring women around the globe to live their dreams.

WOI DanaIn anticipation of this exciting event, we are honored to interview each of our honorees. Today’s interview is with Dana Miller, Chief Marketing Officer of The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard.

What does it mean to you to be chosen as a Woman of Influence by the T.J. Martell Foundation?

It means the world to me to be chosen as a Woman of Influence by the T.J. Martell Foundation.   The organization has personal resonance for me because I sought help from Tony Martell back in 1999 when my brother was battling cancer. Tony was so very kind, supportive, and responsive, so to be honored by the T.J. Martell Foundation almost 2 decades later has a great deal of significance for me.

What piece of advice would you give to young women today to inspire them to follow their dreams?

The piece of advice that I would give to young women today to inspire them to follow their dreams is: YOU CAN DO IT!! I would tell young women to believe in themselves, in their strength and their power. I love the quote from Winnie the Pooh: “Promise me you’ll always remember: You’re braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.”

What steps do you take to make health and wellness a priority in your life?

Having a hectic work and travel schedule makes it difficult to carve out time for self-care but I cannot stress enough the importance. I feed my mind, body, and spirit regularly via appointments with my therapist, my acupuncturist, and my trainer. It’s like the flight attendants tell you, put your oxygen mask on first, and then you can assist others.

To help honor Dana and our other outstanding honorees, please click here.

A lady of grace, style and candor

NEW YORK - MAY 27:  Former President George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara talk with Singer Stevie Wonder as they pose for photographers before the start of the 29th Annual T.J. Martell Foundation Awards Gala at the New York Hilton May 27, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

NEW YORK – MAY 27: Former President George H. W. Bush and his wife Barbara talk with Singer Stevie Wonder as they pose for photographers before the start of the 29th Annual T.J. Martell Foundation Awards Gala at the New York Hilton May 27, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)

“The T.J. Martell Foundation mourns the loss of First Lady Barbara Bush. ​Mrs. Bush was a lady of grace, style and candor. She and her husband, President George Bush, supported the T.J. Martell Foundation and appeared at our 2004 New York Honor’s Gala helping to raise much needed funding for cancer research. All of us at the Foundation have admired her for her resilience, her powerful presence and of course, her leadership among women. We stand with the nation in acknowledging how much we will miss her.” – Laura Heatherly, CEO, The T.J. Martell Foundation.

Ali McManus: An Inspirational Singer and Songwriter

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Ali McManus performing for the crowd at Family Day.

One of our performers for this year’s 17th Annual New York Family Day was Ali McManus, a gifted singer and songwriter who shares her journey this way on her website:

“When you hear Ali McManus’s dynamic vocals, you’d be surprised to know her lung capacity is only 30%. Born 3 months premature and weighing 2lbs 7oz at birth, she was given a 50/50 chance to live. Now 20 years old, the Detroit born singer/songwriter has beaten the odds. A rare bone disorder has left Ali in a wheelchair since the age of 7.

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Ali with In Real Life at Family Day.

Legendary producer Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith, Alice Cooper) produced Ali’s debut album, due for release this fall. “I see her as an artist first. Her pure, authentic voice and magnetic personality light up the room,” he says. “She’s a natural — a true artist with old soul sensibility and a powerful message to share with the world.”

Ali has endured 10 surgeries, halo tractions, steel rods to fuse and straighten her spine, a full body cast, scoliosis, and osteoporosis that leaves her vulnerable to fractures and high-risk surgeries. “I don’t see myself as a person in a wheelchair, though,” Ali says. “I see myself as a regular person who just happens to sit down all day.”

Having spent much of her young life in hospitals, McManus credits music with saving her life. “One song means three minutes of no pain,” she says. “And I can say things with song that I can’t speak in words alone.”

Ali backstage with Jojo Siwa at Family Day.

Ali backstage with Jojo Siwa at Family Day.

McManus writes intimate original songs that reflect her life, aiming to connect with others through her lyrics and inspire them with her story.”

We know Ali inspired so many people at this year’s Family Day, and we were honored to have her join us. We wish her all the best with her music career and hope she stays involved with our foundation. Thank you, Ali!

 

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