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.

Q&A With Dr. Scott Hiebert at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

hiebert_scott_croppedThank you for attending our recent scientific research meeting. What was your top takeaway? One of the things that struck me was the success of using three drugs to combat HIV and how successful this approach has been. We use combination therapy in cancer, but rarely can we apply three drugs at once due to toxicity. This has to be our goal as using multiple drugs at once makes resistance less likely to occur.

Please tell us a little about your research funded by the T.J. Martell Foundation. The work funded at Vanderbilt spans most of the critical cancer types from breast cancer to lung cancer to leukemia. This work is aimed at not only making new drugs, but using the drugs we have in a smarter way.

Why and how did you begin doing this type of work? I got hooked in graduate school. I had a mentor in college who suggested graduate school and once I started discovering new information never before uncovered, I was hooked. We do “hypothesis” based research where we test our best guesses, so its a little like gambling and its easy to get hooked.

Why is the T.J. Martell Foundation’s continued support so important to your research? The support of the T. J. Martell Foundation supports every aspect of our work in that it allows us to try risky new experiments and develop new veins of discovery that would not be funded by the NIH.

What are some of the most important things people can do to decrease their cancer risk? Don’t smoke, eat a healthy diet, exercise, and screen, screen, screen—colonoscopy when you are 50, prostate and breast exams, and make sure that your kids and grandchildren get the HPV vaccine. This vaccine will prevent cervical cancer and half of head and neck cancers in men and women.

Dr. Scott Hiebert is Associate Director for Basic Science Research and Shared Resources, Hortense B. Ingram Professor of Cancer Research, Professor of Biochemistry, Associate Professor of Medicine, and Researcher at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center in Nashville.

Guest Blog Post by a Grateful Patient

My good friend, Lee Jay Berman, invited me to the wine-tasting dinner, which I was unable to attend, but he had explained the foundation’s mission.  When I received my diagnosis not long afterwards, he was one of the first people I called.  He alerted me to the T.J. Martell Foundation’s Patient Services program, or as he put it, “My friend Laura is CEO at T.J. Martell, and when she calls the administrator of a facility, they drop everything to take her call. She can really open doors. It has made a difference for other friends of mine. She sees it as another kind of mission for the foundation.”

My diagnosis was a rare but aggressive one, cholangiocarcinoma—cancer of the bile ducts leading out of the liver.  Two experienced surgeons in the field told me point blank that I wasn’t a candidate for surgery, which is the only thing that holds out hope of survival past a year or two.  Palliative care (chemo and radiation) was my only option.

I had been in touch with Memorial Sloan Kettering about getting a second (actually, third) opinion, specifically with one of their oncologists, since I was satisfied that surgery wasn’t possible.  After Laura’s call, I quickly got an appointment.  To my surprise, it was with a surgeon, one of the most distinguished surgeons for GI cancers in the world.  He told me that while I should start chemotherapy, I should not rule out the possibility of surgery later on.  I had an unusually good response to the chemo, and six months later he performed a resection operation.  Tests showed zero cancer at the margins, which holds out the possibility that I have been cured.

Perhaps I might have gotten that appointment without the referral.  But perhaps not.  MSK‘s policy was not to see someone like me at all once chemotherapy began, which was imminent.  The appointment was literally on three hours’ notice.  Without that appointment, I would have had chemo and radiation—and likely never have known surgery was an option.

How did the referral help me?  Possibly the difference between life or death.  At a minimum, as things turned out, it likely added years to my life.

There are many foundations fighting the battle against cancer.  T.J. Martell is focused on funding innovative research at top institutions pushing for real breakthroughs.  That’s the melody.  The human side of the foundation adds a harmony of personal kindness, reaching out to those stricken by cancer to make breakthroughs at an individual level possible.  Of that, I’m living proof.

Editor’s note: This patient has asked to remain anonymous, and we of course respect his wishes.

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 or follow Classy on Twitter: @Classy.