The Loss of a Pioneer

LizLiz Smith was a pioneer who helped pave the way for women throughout the industry. The T.J. Martell Foundation had the privilege of honoring her at The Women of Influence Awards in New York in 2013. We will always remember her fierce energy, wit and exuberant personality, as well as her willingness to help the Foundation. She will be very missed. 

For Liz Smith’s obituary in The New York Times, click here.

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From Left to right: Jennifer Montgomery, Eddie Montgomery, Troy Gentry and Angie Gentry attended the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Nashville Honors Gala on February 27, 2017.

It is with profound sadness that we share the news that our beloved friend Troy Gentry was involved in a fatal helicopter accident today. Troy was a devoted supporter of The T.J. Martell Foundation who gave his time and talent whenever he was asked. As part of the Platinum selling duo Montgomery Gentry, Troy was as magical on stage as he was in person.  He never strayed from giving of his time,  his voice and his celebrity to help the Foundation in its quest to find a cure for cancer. He was, without a doubt, the true definition of “giving.”  Troy Gentry has left an indelible mark on the Foundation and all of us who had the opportunity to work with and know him. We have been blessed to call him a friend and will work hard  to  continue his  legacy through the work he has supported for years. The world has lost a very special man. We offer our most sincere condolences to his family, friends and fans and will forever keep him in our heart.

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BobIt is with great sadness that the T.J. Martell Foundation announces the passing of longtime music industry executive Bob Heatherly and husband of the Foundation’s CEO, Laura Heatherly. A well-known personality in the music industry, Bob’s contagious personality and big smile was effortless. He left his mark on the country music industry and led the way for various artists who would later become household names. His career included positions at Columbia Records and as Vice President, Sales & Promotion for Atlantic Records, Nashville before joining Country Music icon Charley Pride in launching Music City Records. He served as President & CEO of Music City Records before retiring. Heatherly was often found by the side of his wife Laura as she tirelessly led the efforts for the T.J. Martell Foundation’s ground breaking cancer research and patient treatments. Bob Heatherly is a native of Newport, Arkansas but called Nashville his home for over 40 years. He is survived by his wife Laura and another love of his life, their dog Macy Gray. 

Visitation for Bob has been set for this Friday from 5:30 – 7pm, and there will be a graveside service on Saturday at 10am. Please click here for details. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Monday, July 17 at 4 p.m. at Green Door Gourmet, The Grand Barn, 7007 River Road Pike, Nashville, TN 37209. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the T.J. Martell Foundation.

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.

Rest In Peace

This weekend, longtime beloved ESPN anchor Stuart Scott lost his third bout with cancer, leaving behind two beautiful daughters and countless friends, family members, colleagues and fans across the country. He faced cancer with bravery and inspired many who also face the disease.

So today we choose to honor him by sharing what we think is his most touching quote about cancer and life: “When you die, it does not mean that you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live, why you live and the manner in which you live.”

Stuart Scott was 49, and his journey through cancer treatment was detailed in The New York Times. “Over the years, he entertained us, and in the end, he inspired us — with courage and love. Michelle and I offer our thoughts and prayers to his family, friends, and colleagues,” said President Obama.