T.J. Martell Foundation Named to the 2016 Classy 100

classy-100_instaWe are proud to announce that the T.J. Martell Foundation made this year’s Classy 100 list, an annual compilation of the growing nonprofits on Classy, the world’s leading online fundraising platform for social enterprises. Classy released in February the 2016 Classy 100 using a proprietary growth score calculation as the basis for recognition. The organizations that represent the top one hundred growth organizations this year on Classy were generated through a calculated score that took into consideration revenue growth from three areas: monthly revenue growth on Classy above the platform baseline, year-over-year revenue growth on Classy, and overall revenue size on Classy.

“Scaling an organization is extremely hard work, whether you’re running a for-profit company or a nonprofit organization,” said Scot Chisholm, CEO and co-founder of Classy. “However, growth in the nonprofit sector isn’t celebrated in the same way as it is in the for-profit sector. At Classy we believe that revenue growth is an important metric for both sectors, as it represents the ability to attract and maintain new customers or supporters year over year. The Classy 100 represents a group of social good organizations who have experienced growth by delivering a world-class giving experience to their supporters year in and year out.”

To be included in the Classy 100, organizations needed to be transacting on Classy for at least January 2016—December 2016. Other criteria included at least $50K in revenue on Classy in 2016, counting transactions in all 12 months; at least $10K in revenue on Classy in 2015; and at least 25 percent year-over-year revenue growth on Classy from 2015 to 2016. The organizations recognized this year span all causes and sizes, bound together by their consistent revenue growth on the Classy platform.

About Classy

Classy is the world’s leading fundraising platform for social enterprises with the goal of solving social problems more effectively and efficiently. Since launching in 2011, Classy has helped more than 3,000 social enterprises including Oxfam, World Food Program USA, and National Geographic to raise hundreds of millions of dollars. Classy also hosts the Collaborative, a 3-days summit and awards ceremony, that brings together impactful social enterprises and celebrates achievements in the sector. Based in San Diego, CA, Classy employs a staff of over 200 people and was recognized by Fast Company in 2016 as one of the world’s 10 Most Innovative Companies for Social Good. Classy was also recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the 10 Most Brilliant Companies for Social Impact in 2016 and listed as a “Rising Star” in the first-ever Forbes Cloud 100 list in 2016. Classy is backed by investors including JMI, Mithril and Salesforce Ventures. For more information, visit www.classy.org or follow Classy on Twitter: @Classy.

A Very Sad Loss

Kitty Moon EmeryThe T.J. Martell Foundation is deeply saddened by the news that Kitty Moon Emery has passed away. She was a dear friend, mentor and one of the greatest women in our Nashville community. She was a special board member and volunteer for the T.J. Martell Foundation. Our hearts and prayers goes to her husband Pat during this sad time.

Patient Update: “I knew I would come out the other side just fine.”

Paul FitzpatrickWhen Paul was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer in 2008, he wasn’t sure where to turn. “It was quite a shock being diagnosed with cancer at 27, and I felt like I’d been thrown into completely uncharted waters. But the doctors who the T.J. Martell Foundation referred me to at Mount Sinai in Manhattan took fantastic care of me. It was clear from the start that they were the experts in their field. When another team first recommended an aggressive course of chemo that could have been debilitating, Dr. James Holland reviewed my case and recommended a less invasive course of oral chemo so I never missed a day of work because of side effects.”

That was almost nine years ago, and Paul is now in remission. At the time, his doctors were unsure what quality of life he would be able to maintain longterm. But he has since welcomed three beautiful children and a few summers ago he rode 105 miles to support cancer patients and survivors in his home state of Connecticut.

“I don’t want to trivialize anything, but looking back almost a decade later, it almost feels like a non-event,” says Paul. “Thanks to the talented people at the T.J. Martell Foundation, I knew from the beginning of this process that I would come out the other side just fine.”


Cancer and Collaboration

Levy_MiaOne of the bedrocks of our organization is encouraging collaboration between scientists and institutions. We feel strongly that we will find a cure faster when great minds work together. That is why we are so excited about this news from our partners at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, who have joined an international consortium of leading cancer centers to share genomic data from patients in an effort to accelerate the pace of cancer research and improve precision medicine.

The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) launched the AACR Project Genomics Evidence Neoplasia Information Exchange (GENIE) to facilitate data sharing among major cancer centers and researchers.

VICC’s participation in AACR Project GENIE has been spearheaded by Mia Levy, M.D., Ph.D., Ingram Assistant Professor of Cancer Research and director of Cancer Health Informatics and Strategy, pictured here.

“As physicians we are all generating massive amounts of data about patients and the genetic mutations in their tumors, along with patient response to medications and other treatments. But much of that data is kept in silos and has not been shared. AACR Project GENIE is one of the first efforts to make some of this data available for cancer researchers so that we can accelerate the pace of discovery,” Levy said.

Click here to read more.

“I am strong, and I can do this.”

Portrait of FOX Sports reporter Erin Andrews Quixote Studios/West Hollywood, CA, USA 01/17/2017 SI-703 TK1 Credit: Robert Beck

Photo Credit: Robert Beck

Erin Andrews is a Fox NFL reporter and the co-host of “Dancing With The Stars.” She is also now a cervical cancer survivor, who is urging other women to get screened.

She recently revealed to Sports Illustrated’s The MMQB that she went to in for a routine checkup in June 2016 and found out after additional testing that she had cervical cancer, and would need surgery as soon as possible.

Known for her incredible work ethic and love of football, she returned to work just days after her surgery and is now cancer-free. “Everyone kept telling me, ‘You’re so strong, for going through all of this, for holding down a job in football, for being the only woman on the crew,’ ” Andrews says. “Finally I got to the point where I believed it too. ‘Hey, I have cancer, but dammit, I am strong, and I can do this.’ ”

We commend Erin for being an inspiration to other women and cancer survivors.

Mechalle’s Story of Survival

MechalleMyersMechalle Myers, who works for the Country Music Association in Nashville, was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2016. “When I was diagnosed, I was paralyzed. When I got that call I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t even know what was next.”

A friend recommended she call the T.J. Martell Foundation, whose work she was already very familiar with through our partnership with CMA and reputation in the music industry. The T.J. Martell Foundation provided quick referrals to specialists at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center and a second opinion at Mount Sinai in New York City when needed. “They got me out of being paralyzed and moved me in the direction I needed to see the doctors I needed to see. I would have never been able to make these connections without the T.J. Martell Foundation. It would have been very stressful, and I can’t say enough great things about them. For someone to step in and say ‘it’s going to be okay – I’m going to help you’ is just amazing. They left me with no lag time to be sitting around dwelling on this news. They got me in to see the doctors I needed right away. I’m eternally grateful for the T.J. Martell Foundation and all their people for their love, support, direction, compassion and expertise. I will always do anything I can to help them.”

T.J. Martell Foundation Prepares for 22nd Annual Scientific Consortium

Every year, our funded researchers meet to present their cancer and AIDS research findings to our Scientific Advisory Committee at our Annual Scientific Consortium. This year’s meeting will take place later this week in Nashville. The Chairman of our Scientific Advisory Committee is Donald J. Tindall, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and a former Martell funded prostate cancer research doctor.

dr-tindall“I am looking forward to the T.J. Martell Foundation Annual Scientific Consortium,” says Dr. Tindall. “For the past 15 years this has been one of my favorite scientific meetings, because it brings together many of the world’s best scientists and clinician investigators. I have always been inspired by the high quality of research findings that are presented and the game-changing collaborations that are developed during this meeting. I am optimistic that 2017 will bring new discoveries for the eradication of leukemia, cancer and AIDS.”

For more information about our scientific research programs, please click here.


Celebrate #GivingTuesday with Us!


“If you had told me 2.5 years ago that my child with #cancer would be healthy and thriving, I’d want to believe you but I wouldn’t have known for sure. But today he is an avid athlete, successful in his academics, and thriving as a ‘regular’ kid. Thank goodness! And thanks to the T.J. Martell Foundation. My son needed extra attention and extra help early in his cancer journey since he is a person with autism, and the T.J. Martell Foundation helped him get connected with the people and resources to make this a reality. His treatment was swift, successful, and today he is 2.5 years in remission,” says Royce’s mom, Jess.

We need your help to continue to fund life-saving research for children like Royce. Please text “martell” to 243725 to donate.

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In Loving Memory

tony40thThe T.J. Martell Foundation mourns the loss of our beloved founder and friend, Tony Martell, who passed away Sunday,  November 27th, 2016 at the age of 90. Tony taught us all how to keep fighting for what we believe in and to do what we can to help others in need. He never gave up on his fight to find a cure for cancer and through his passion, energy and perseverance the T.J. Martell Foundation has supported flagship hospitals in the United States and raised over $270 million for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research.  Tony’s smile, energy and incredible devotion will be missed beyond words. We will work even harder now to keep his memory and dream alive and one day finding a cure for the diseases that he spent his life fighting. In honor of his son T.J. for whom the foundation is named, we celebrate the life of Tony Martell whose work saved lives,  provided patients with innovative treatments and gave thousands of people hope. We will miss you, Tony.