Thank you to everyone who supported Brew for a Cure!

Brew bannerMany thanks to everyone who supported our 2019 Brew for a Cure initiative!

Craft breweries, brewpubs and top restaurants throughout Southern California joined together in the month of June to help support the T.J. Martell Foundation’s mission of funding innovative pediatric cancer research. In its second year, the T.J. Martell Foundation’s “Brew for a Cure” program united the foundation’s supporters from the medical, music, entertainment and local beer communities to raise critical funds for its cutting-edge Cancer Research Programs.

Brew for a Cure is an initiative started by the T.J. Martell Foundation to engage the local beer community — restaurants, brewpubs and beer enthusiasts — in our mission of funding cutting-edge Cancer Research Programs, including pediatric cancer research at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  During the month of June, brewpubs and gastropubs across the southland made a donation in honor of Brew for a Cure and hosted a series of activities and gatherings to support the program.

06BE52CF-5267-4C13-963E-E839CDD1BDB2Participating establishments throughout the Southland have chosen to be a part of this important cause by making donations or hosting activities in honor of “Brew for a Cure.” The foundation’s friends at Gordon Biersch of Burbank hosted a Kickoff Party featuring musical performances by Rob Mayes (Actor/Nashville Recording Artist) and Dia Frampton (Actress/ Singer-Songwriter), while friends at Bluebird Brassiere in Sherman Oaks released “T.J.’s Triple” — a brew in honor of T.J. Martell, the foundation’s founders’ son who passed away from leukemia. Other establishments generously planned other activities including a Sunday Funday, Pub Crawl in Sherman Oaks hosted by Bluebird Brassiere, Boneyard Bistro, and The Local Peasant. “Thank you to all the establishments and patrons for your continued support; we could not have done this without you! You are a part of music’s promise for curing cancer,” shared Laura Heatherly, CEO, T.J. Martell Foundation.

PARTICIPATING ESTABLISHMENTS

Thank you to the participating establishments in Southern California listed below!

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Q&A With Dr. Allison Applebaum

62516028_10151282904409949_8656037170932350976_oTell us about your cancer research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

I am a clinical psychologist by training and my program of research is broadly focused on the development of psychosocial services to assist caregivers – family members and friends – of patients with cancer. My studies currently range from an examination of the utility of a distress screening process to connect caregivers with tailored support services, to trials of psychotherapeutic interventions that target common caregiving-related concerns, such as anxiety, insomnia, and existential distress, to a communication training program that will help caregivers to communicate more effectively with their loved ones and the medical team. I am the Founding Director of the Caregivers Clinic at MSK, and my research is very much inspired by the experiences of those seeking care our clinic. I want to do what I can to assist caregivers at every stage of their journey, so there is a lot of work to be done!

Since your work centers around caregivers, what would you tell someone whose loved one was recently diagnosed?

For a caregiver whose loved one was just diagnosed with cancer, I would remind them of the following: (1) you cannot do this alone, it is imperative to have a support network both for your loved one with cancer and for you; (2) in order to take the best care of your loved one, you must take very good care of yourself, and this includes recognizing and acknowledging your own limits; and (3) as a caregiver, you are a key member of the treatment team, you are on the front lines, so push yourself to speak up in medical appointments, get your questions answered and make sure your voice is heard.

Who introduced you to the T.J. Martell Foundation?

I was first introduced to the T.J. Martell Foundation in 2014 by Dr. Jimmie Holland, who received the Foundations’ Pioneer Award in 2015. Dr. Holland founded the field of Psycho-Oncology and the Department of Psychiatry at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, so she was a true trailblazer in medicine, and in life. I had the great honor of receiving mentorship from Dr. Holland during my first years on faculty at MSK, and it was her encouragement to examine the larger impact of cancer on families that led to my interest in cancer caregiving research.

You recently spoke at our New York Honors Gala Kickoff about the connection between music and medicine. Can you share that here?

My work with the T.J. Martell Foundation is very special to me, as I come from a family of musicians. My father was a world-renowned composer, arranger and orchestrator and my mother, a brilliant concert pianist. Music filled my childhood home and from an early age, the transformative and healing power of music was clear to me.  Today, playing and listening to music is one of the ways that I ground and take care of myself, and I encourage my patients to do the same. Music is oftentimes the best medicine; even just a small dose can transport us to a different time and place and create within us a different emotional or physical feeling. So, my work with the T.J. Martell Foundation has in some ways brought things full circle for me and knowing that the spirit of the music industry is behind all of our science is incredibly powerful.

For details on the 44th Annual New York Honors Gala, please click here.

 

Q&A With Tracey Jordan, Women Of Influence Honoree

Tracey Jordan Social MediaWe will celebrate our 7th Annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 10th in New York City at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. This exciting event 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. Every year, we love to chat with our honorees in the weeks leading up to our Women Of Influence event about their advice for other women and their connection to health, wellness and cancer.

Today we are proud to feature a Q&A with Tracey Jordan, who will be honored on May 10th at The Plaza. 

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

Being chosen as a Woman of Influence by the T.J. Martell Foundation is one of the highest honors I’ve ever received in my 35 years in the music industry. It’s a living testament to those who have taught, mentored, taken a chance and believed in me!

I have to mention Lee Solters & Sheldon Roskin, Berry Gordy, Clive Davis, Jheryl Busby, Ross Zapin and Scott Greenstein. And of course, the women, Katie Valk, Melanie Rogers, Iris Keitel, Martha Crowninshield and of course Mom!

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

Never give up on yourself or your dreams.  Fight for what you believe in and, although it’s hard, try not to let them see you cry!  We’re creatures of emotion and sometimes it gets the better of us, but it’s looked at as a sign of weakness…that’s a hard one for me!  Stay close to the people who support you and try not to be affected by the negative ones.  Stay the course of your dreams and don’t let anyone take them from you.  Eventually dreams do come true!

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

Being diligent about yearly check-ups as a responsibility on everybody’s part I can think of!  I try to watch what I eat, but that doesn’t always work…I will walk around the office and up and down the stairs to talk to someone in the office rather than call them on the phone or email them.

 

 

Q&A With Sandra Lee, Women of Influence Honoree and Cancer Survivor

Sandra Lee Social MediaWe will celebrate our 7th Annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 10th in New York City at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. This exciting event 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. Every year, we love to chat with our honorees in the weeks leading up to our Women Of Influence event about their advice for other women and their connection to health, wellness and cancer.

Today we are proud to feature a Q&A with Sandra Lee, who will be honored on May 10th at The Plaza. 

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

I am just thrilled to be in the room and I am humbled by this honor. I believe we should all do our best to help one another, to share as much information as possible, and do both whatever and whenever is possible.

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

I would say live your life being brave in every area and unintimidated- be kind yet firm and stand strong with your head held up no matter what.

Cement yourself in yourself.

Educate yourself and travel – everywhere and as often as possible. Do not listen to people who judge you – be comfortable in who you are, in the skin you were given and when you look in the mirror.

Allow yourself to dream big – as big as you can. Imagine what the best life is in this world, visualize it, and then allow yourself to have it. Go get it. Beware not to let others steal your dreams and therefore steal the possibility of your future.

Be smart, thoughtful and conscientious when the forks in the road arise—-follow each road in your mind’s eye and then make your decisions based on which road take to the best end.

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

Schedule and Keep my doctors appointments.

Make as many heathy food choices as possible. No smoking, sleep, water, laughter, friends, family, work, play————wine.

4) If you are comfortable, please share one way in which your life has been affected by cancer.

I make every minute matter.

Q&A With Rosanna Scotto, Women of Influence Honoree

 Rosanna Scotto Social MediaWe will celebrate our 7th Annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 10th in New York City at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. This exciting event 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. Every year, we love to chat with our honorees in the weeks leading up to our Women Of Influence event about their advice for other women and their connection to health, wellness and cancer.

Today we are proud to feature a Q&A with Rosanna Scotto, who will be honored on May 10th at The Plaza. 

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

I am so excited to be honored by this wonderful group and alongside such amazing women. I had the opportunity to meet Tony Martell a few years ago and his passion and commitment to making a difference in the fight against cancer have inspired me to do my part.

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

Don’t be afraid to fail. After navigating the television news world for over 30 years, I realize that my mistakes and disappointments helped shape my career. You need to fail in order to succeed.

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

I have never worked harder at health and wellness than I do now. I push myself to exercise several times a week and I practice meditation daily. It is difficult to shut off the work commitments, emails and social media that can overwhelm my day, but I have realized that taking 20 minutes to meditate makes me calmer and more focused.

  • If you are comfortable, please share one way in which your life has been affected by cancer.

I’ve had my own health scare. I’ve lost family to cancer.

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

Q&A With Dr. Maryland Pao, Women of Influence Honoree

Dr. Pao Social MediaWe will celebrate our 7th Annual Women of Influence Awards Luncheon on Friday, May 10th in New York City at The Plaza’s Grand Ballroom. This exciting event 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. Every year, we love to chat with our honorees in the weeks leading up to our Women Of Influence event about their advice for other women and their connection to health, wellness and cancer.

Today we are proud to feature a Q&A with Dr. Maryland Pao, who will be receiving the Dr. Jimmie Holland Pioneer Award on May 10th at The Plaza. 

  • 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?

I am humbled by the honor. Jimmie was an incredibly special, one-of-a kind person. She believed and truly lived her belief that we must help one another, and we must leave the world a better place than we find it. She touched so many lives and helped people suffering with cancer and its treatments be heard. If I have through my work helping sick children be the best they can be, one tenth the impact she has had, I will feel fulfilled.

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

You can make a difference. I believe in the power of one person – it’s how someone like Tony Martell, who had no experience as a fundraiser, can take a promise to his son to raise a million dollars for cancer research and 36 years later turn it into more than $280 million, or how someone like Jimmie Holland, from rural Texas, can start the field of psychosocial oncology, write the major textbook initiate two journals, found two societies and train people all over the world to help those in distress from cancer find resources and treatments. Be engaged.

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

First, there is no health without mental health. Health and wellness are daily practices. Every day I enjoy my family, walk my dog, practice gratitude and reflection, eat well (especially chocolate), laugh, try to get enough sleep and think about fun places to go with friends and family. If you’re lucky, finding meaningful work through helping others is part of staying healthy and well.

  • If you are comfortable, please share one way in which your life has been affected by cancer.

My father died of colon cancer at 59 in 1981 when my brother was 13 and I was 18. It took a village to raise and support us and so many people stepped up, including Jim and Jimmie when I married their son when I was 24. So, where are my brother and I now? He is an oncologist by training and is the Head of Roche Global Research (pRED) with a special interest in targeted cancer therapeutics. I am a trained pediatrician and child and adolescent psychiatrist serving as the Clinical and Deputy Scientific Director at the National Institute of Mental Health with a special interest in pediatrics at the interface of psychiatry who worked on an advance care planning guide for youth with life-limiting illnesses as well as on developing standards for psychosocial oncology for youth with cancer.

Congratulations to our Wattpad Challenge Winner, Isabella De La Torre!

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Isabella De La Torre’s story was the winning entry in our WattPad comment challenge.

Last fall, we partnered with Wattpad to encourage readers and writers to share their stories about how cancer has touched them personally. We are proud to announce that from over 200 inspirational entries, the winner is Isabella De La Torre, who shared this moving story about her mother’s diagnosis and strength.

Three years ago, I learned that cancer wasn’t elusive. It was everywhere. I saw how it tore apart people, broke families and  sickened once happy and healthy children. I saw how it spread and morphed into different forms, each as deadly as the previous one. I never thought it would find my family. Until one day, it did. I was only 13 years old, a young girl with a million dreams and hope for the future. Happy and healthy parents, and a wonderful sister. It all changed like a blink of an eye. My mother was diagnosed with colon/rectal cancer, in the summer leading into my Freshman year of high school. I remember feeling like the world paused the moment I found out, like I was stuck in a void full of vast confusion and denial. I prayed to God that it would end. I remember seeing my mother in tears a few day after she found out. I quickly rushed to her side and asked what’s wrong.

“How am I supposed to take care of you and your sister if I’m sick?” She sobbed, “What if I miss out on all your band and orchestra concerts? How will I be your mama?” I remember feeling confused. How could my mother, just diagnosed with a cancer that could possibly take her life, only care about how her children would be in this horrible time? I hardly remembered my mother worrying about herself, only worrying about her girls, hoping they could pull through in this time. I’ve never seen anyone so selfless, so devoted to her family that she would fight this terrible sickness not only for the sake of herself, but the sake of her children. When her friends and family would visit her, they would always comment on how well she looked despite her illness. That fight her in her eyes, that determination and will to live. Her faith in God pulled her through, and gave her the strength to still provide for her family despite going through chemo therapy, radiation and multiple surgeries.

I remember her describing the infusion room at the cancer center as a room full of ghosts, with people who were there physically, but mentally they were beaten, worn out souls hanging by threads. I remember seeing her that way, her body reduced to skin and bones, her eyes saddened and tired. Somehow, she managed to ask how school was, and wanted to hear everything about my day, despite how tired and sick she felt.

My mother is a woman of strength and compassion, and she is a warrior. I know God watched her through this battle, his eyes never left her. If you ask anyone who knows her, they would all agree that she is a fighter, and a selfless person.  Two years later, my mother is cancer free, determined to live life the fullest, and is still a loving “mama” to her children.

Every day I thank God for her. To those who struggle with terrible sicknesses, God has made you a warrior. With faith and determination, all things are possible. My mother made it through, and millions more are able to win their battles with the help of science and new innovations.

The world is waiting to hear your story. Fight on.

 

T.J. Martell Foundation Celebrates Cancer Research

TJM Consortium 2019

 

 

The T.J. Martell Foundation held its 24th Annual Scientific Consortium in Nashville on
Saturday, January 19, 2019.  The Scientific Consortium brings together cancer researchers from NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers from around the country to present their research and results.

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

Pictured:

First Row – From Left to Right:  Laura Heatherly, T.J. Martell Foundation; Jennifer Pietenpol, Ph.D., Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center; Ingrid Mayer, M.D., Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center; Joanna Phillips, M.D., Ph.D. UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center; Jennifer McQuade, M.D. M.S., M.A.,LAc, MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Second Row – From Left to Right: Michael Shen, Ph.D., Columbia University Medical Center; Madhav Dhodapkar, MBBS Winship Cancer Institute; Mitchell C. Benson, M.D., Columbia University Medical Center; Robert C. Bast, Jr., MD Anderson Cancer Center; Donald J. Tindall, Chairman of the T.J. Martell Foundation Scientific Advisory Committee; Dennis Lord, T.J. Martell Foundation National Board of Trustees and Scientific Committee Chair; Harold L. Moses, M.D., Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center; Carlos Cordon-Cardo, M.D., Ph.D. Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai; Robert Seeger, M.D., M.S., Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and Scott Hiebert, Ph.D., Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

 

 

 

We’re hiring!

hiring_graphicThe T.J. Martell Foundation – the music industry’s leading cancer research foundation – is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic part-time special events professional to support and help execute fundraising events for the foundation’s dynamic and fast-paced West Coast office.  This is a great opportunity to be a part of our exciting plans in 2019!  Interested? Check out the job description here and follow the instructions to apply.  No direct outreach to staff, please.

TITLE:  Special Events Coordinator (Part-time)

STATUS:  Part-time (Approx. 20 hours week, February – November 2019, includes some weekends and evenings)

COMPENSATION:  Hourly; rate to be determined

HOURS AND LOCATION:  Work schedule to be determined before hire, with work hours largely to occur during regular business hours. With advance notice, employee must be available to work occasional weekends and evenings, as needed. Work to be performed at the Foundation’s offices in Encino, California, with some offsite meetings and events.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE ROLE

The T.J. Martell Foundation – the music industry’s leading cancer research foundation – is seeking an experienced, enthusiastic part-time special events professional to support and help execute fundraising events for the foundation’s dynamic and fast-paced West Coast office.  The Special Events Coordinator will also support various aspects of our West Coast operations, including assisting with administrative functions as assigned. The candidate should have a special events background, provide outstanding customer service, be an enthusiastic professional, and be able to build relationships with internal and external constituents and supporters. The Special Events Coordinator will report to the Executive Director, West Coast Region.

THE IDEAL CANDIDATE

The ideal candidate must possess a passion and enthusiasm for our mission, a college degree, at least two years of fundraising or special events experience, a basic knowledge of the music and entertainment business, outstanding interpersonal, leadership and communication skills, experience working with budgets, strong organizational and time management skills and a demonstrated ability to complete tasks on time, to take direction, to be flexible, creative and proactive and to multi-task in a fast-paced small office setting.  The candidate will be expected to maintain confidentiality and to adhere to the highest levels of professionalism in their dealings for the Foundation and with its boards and supporters.  Strong competency with word processing, spreadsheets, databases, presentation creation, design and internet and social media skills are required. Proficiency with graphic design software and the ability to create short professional videos (30 – 90 seconds) is a plus. Physical requirements include the ability to regularly sit, talk, hear and answer phones, work at a desk and computer screen for extended periods of time, walk and occasionally carry/lift up to 30 lbs., travel to off-site meetings and events.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS

The Special Events Coordinator will assist with the planning and execution of various fundraising events and perform other administrative duties, at the direction of the Executive Director, West Coast Region and others at the foundation.  Fundraising event support includes assisting with creating/disseminating promotional and presentation materials, creating solicitation materials for event sponsors, supporters, volunteers and donors, identifying/researching and tracking prospective donors and sponsors, conducting and tracking outreach to prospective donors and soliciting donors for tickets, tables, auctions and sponsorships,  compiling and maintaining event checklists, cultivating new resources for fundraising, serving as a liaison with vendors on event related matters, managing signage for events including step & repeats, auction boards, event programs, journals and menus, preparing nametags, giftbags, registration lists, seating cards, etc., assisting with Budget preparation and Board and Committee communications and meeting preparations, assisting at meetings and events as needed, with some evening and weekend time required and managing and performing various other tasks, as assigned.

Administrative duties may also include, but are not limited to answering phones, greeting guests, helping to maintain the office in good order, maintaining mailings lists, assisting with donor recognition activities, communicating with Board members, volunteers and supporters, assisting with event/meeting set-up and preparation and otherwise assisting with the effective operations of the West Coast office and the Foundation, as assigned. 

INTERESTED CANDIDATES should submit a resume, cover letter which includes hours of availability, and list of references to: LosAngeles@tjmartell.org  Screening of candidates will continue until the position is filled.

NO PHONE CALLS, OR DIRECT EMAIL TO INDIVIDUALS AT THE FOUNDATION, PLEASE.

 

We mourn the loss of President George H.W. Bush

“The T.J. Martell Foundation mourns the loss of President George H.W. Bush. ​President Bush and his wife, First Lady Barbara Bush, supported the T.J. Martell Foundation and were honored at our 2004 New York Honors Gala, helping to raise much needed funding for cancer research. We extend our thoughts, prayers and condolences to the entire Bush family and the world.” – Laura Heatherly, CEO

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)