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.

Guest Post from Breast Cancer Survivor Patty Steele

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We are excited to honor CBS Radio Co-Host Patty Steele at our New Jersey Harvest Moon Dinner on Sunday, November 5th. Patty shares her journey through breast cancer…
My run in with breast cancer began in July of 2014. Little did I know that, as one of the biggest challenges in my life, it would also become my greatest opportunity for growth as a person. One of my go to affirmations at the time, as it continues to be, is a quote from Albert Camus . .

“In the depth of winter
I finally learned
That there was within me
An invincible summer.”

When we’re presented with challenges in life, we learn to recognize and access that invincible summer . . .our own strength and the strength of those around us. I found new depth and beauty in my relationships with my family, my friends, my co-workers, and even total strangers. I discovered an enormous group of people dedicated to the cause of defeating breast cancer and to helping the women and men impacted by it, to triumph both physically and psychologically. What a beautiful lesson to learn!  My doctors, nurses, and caregivers at Mt. Sinai’s Dubin Breast Center never failed to maintain an astonishing sense of joy and purpose.

Here I am about 3 years after my surgery and follow up chemo, incredibly well, incredibly happy, and incredibly strong. I am filled with an overwhelming sense of gratitude for this experience and where it’s taken me . . but most especially for the people who’ve given so much intellectually, financially, and emotionally to make amazing strides against this disease. It’s because of you that moving beyond this can be my experience and the experience of thousands of women and men who are touched by breast cancer. Whether you’re on the hospital battlefields, in the business of raising funds for the fight and out reach, or volunteering to run or work events, you are an angel and you have my undying gratitude.

We hope you can join us as we honor Patty at our New Jersey Harvest Moon Dinner on November 5th. For details and tickets, please click here.

Update from our friend Royce!

21742102_10213293317383984_305512668_oSeptember is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and we are honored to support patients like Royce every day on their journey to health. The T.J. Martell Foundation was in close touch with Royce’s mother, Jess, when he was diagnosed at eight years old and quickly connected the family with the outstanding team at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where we have funded lifesaving cancer research for decades.

“I beat cancer when I was eight years old. I want to thank Dr. Seeger for giving me hope so that I could stay at home and be with my dog instead of being in a hospital room getting cancer treatment.” Royce is a CHLA ambassador now because of what oncology did for him.

21754832_10213288507103730_1715010333_o“To this day we see Dr. Siegel’s photo hanging proudly in the CHLA lobby every time we visit and we thank about how nice it was to feel that level of support all the way from the head of the whole operation!”

Keep riding, Royce!

Rest in Peace

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.

We’re Hiring!

Hiring FacebookWe’re Hiring Part Time Office Assistants!

About the Foundation

The T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s leading foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding treatments and cures for cancer. 


East Coast Office and Event Assistant – NY Office

  • East Coast Events

The Foundation’s annual East Coast events include the Women of Influence Awards, Family Day, New York Golf Classic, Rock n’ Bowl, New York Honors Gala, Best Cellars Wine Dinner, and Martell in Miami. 

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Providing administrative support in the Foundation’s New York office: answering calls and taking messages, banking, maintaining supply inventory/office equipment and placing orders, shipping
  • Event support: working registration, handling silent auction set-up and checkout, etc.
  • Event-related planning and research (i.e. potential venues, sponsors, etc.)
  • Researching, soliciting and securing silent auction donations and maintaining inventory
  • Writing and editing various letters, agendas, etc.
  • Assisting with creation/editing of invitations, sponsorship materials, PowerPoint decks, signage, etc.
  • Overseeing spreadsheets (i.e. event budgets, guest lists)
  • Donor database and mailing list management as directed
  • Sending invoices and tax receipt letters
  • Communicating with Director of Communications to set up event web pages and coordinate social media as necessary
  • Grant writing
  • Coordinating and working with volunteers and interns
  • Contributing to East Coast team effort, as well as communicating and working with National staff
  • Other duties as directedPreferred Skills
  • Prior experience in events and/or fundraising a plus
  • Proficiency in all Office 365 programs (i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, Word/Mail Merge)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent telephone manner
  • Professional attitude
  • Ability to multitask and work well with a team
  • Willingness to travel for events


National Office Assistant – Nashville Office

Responsibilities for this position include:

  • Performs administrative and office/event support activities
  • Assists with auction solicitations and facilitation of auction packages
  • Assists with Charitybuzz entry and record keeping
  • Assist with answering telephone calls and taking messages
  • Receiving and directing visitors
  • Word processing, creating spreadsheets and power point presentations, mail merge, etc.
  • Assist with general office operations including office upkeep, managing deliveries, filing, and load and unloading event materials
  • Database Management
  • Assists with event set up and event check out and other event related duties
  • Contributes to team success by performing related activities as needed.
  • Run financial errands as needed, i.e. picking up checks and running items for signatures
  • Other duties as directedPreferred Skills
  • Prior experience in events and/or fundraising a plus
  • Proficiency in all Office 365 programs (i.e. Excel, PowerPoint, Word/Mail Merge)
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent telephone manner
  • Professional attitude
  • Ability to multitask and work well with a team
  • Willingness to travel for events


The New York position reports directly to the East Coast Executive Director and at times the CEO and Senior Vice President of Operations.  The Nashville position reports directly to the Senior Vice President of Operations and at times the CEO.


Working Conditions

  • 30 – 39 hours weekly
  • Ability to travel for events when necessary
  • Working night and weekends as necessary
  • Ability to work long hours



  • Competitive hourly rate based on experience


Please send your resume and cover letter to:

Melissa Goodwin
Sr. VP of Operations

Celebrate National Dog Day

Macy“Macy Gray Heatherly loves spending time playing with her friends, especially kids. She enjoys Greenies, all of her toys and most of all, giving kisses to the many people who pet her,” says her owner, T.J. Martell Foundation CEO Laura Heatherly.

Today is National Dog Day. Please click here to make a donation to cancer research so that kids can grow up to have a puppy like Macy Gray. You’ll be supporting life-saving developments like our research at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Internship Available

Admin/Event Planning Summer Internship Available in New York City
T.J. Martell Foundation East Coast Region

Internship Information

The T.J. Martell Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising money for leukemia, cancer and AIDS research. Our internship program allows the opportunity to explore the administrative planning side events as well as interact with high and low profile music industry professionals. Interns assist with East Coast events such as the New York Golf Classic, Rock ‘n Bowl, New York Wine Dinner & Auction, Family Day, Martell in Miami, Women of Influence, the New Jersey Jazz Dinner and the Annual New York Honors Gala.

Internship Responsibilities

Responsibilities for this 2-3 day per week internship include:

  • Office administration duties
  • Assisting with event-related research (potential sponsors, venues, etc.)
  • Create event flyers
  • Monitor guests lists
  • Keep inventory of office needs
  • Research and outreach to in-kind and silent auction donors
  • Assisting at the Foundation’s events as needed
  • Other day-to-day office tasks and errands as needed

Preferred Skills

  • Proficient in all Office 365 programs
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Professional attitude and the ability to work with a team


  • Current university/college student eligible for internship credit

Please send all resumes, cover letters, and questions to:
Teresa Gaudio
T.J. Martell Foundation


Rest in Peace

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.

We salute our volunteers!

As we close out National Volunteer Week, we’d like to take a moment to thank all of our volunteers nationwide. We are so grateful for all of your hard work, time, energy and dedication to our foundation’s mission of funding life-saving cancer and AIDS research.

Olga-Miss-USA-Headshot[1]Olga Litvinenko, President of the Next Generation, Junior Committee, has been involved in several events in the New York area. “I’m so grateful to volunteer with the T.J. Martell Foundation because we have a direct impact on those affected with cancer, leukemia and AIDS AND we have built a strong community of young professionals who are making a difference today for tomorrow.”

Through Olga’s leadership, the Next Generation has grown stronger every single year. Since day one, Olga has always gone the extra mile when helping the Foundation. We are fortunate to have her support and couldn’t do it without her!

Q&A with Women of Influence Honoree Stephanie Latham of Facebook

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

As a breast cancer survivor, daughter of a survivor and mother to a survivor the T.J. Martell Foundation supports a cause quite literally near to my heart.  I am honored to join the ranks of an inspiring group of women as we continue to drive toward a cure for future generations.

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

Silence your inner critic. Be confident in who you are and what you know you can accomplish and don’t let anyone shake that from you.

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

I am laser focused on my priorities and clear on that with all those around me both personally and professionally. My health and my family top that list always.

Stephanie Latham is Director of U.S. Automotive at Facebook and one of six outstanding honorees for this year’s Women of Influence New York on May 12th. For details and tickets, please click here.