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. The Foundation sources and supports early-stage translational research projects which otherwise might not be funded.
It began with a promise I made to my dying son. In 1973, my son, T.J. Martell, was a high school student battling leukemia. He asked me to raise a million dollars for cancer research so that “no one else will have to experience what I am going through.” Although I had no fundraising experience, I agreed.Two years later, T.J. died at the age of nineteen, and that put my promise in cement. Soon after, I was joined by many of my friends in the music industry like Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington to hold a fundraiser at Buddy Rich’s nightclub in New York. We raised $50,000 and the T.J. Martell Foundation was born. Over the years, we have kept the Foundation’s roots deep in the music industry and hundreds of volunteers have worked passionately with our staff to raise more than $280 million for cancer research which has been successfully leveraged into several billion dollars in additional funding from larger funding sources. We are proud of our long history and our reputation for innovation in fundraising and the research we support.Tony Martell, Founder and Chairman
WHO WE FUND
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. Click each logo to view info about the research.
And you can help! They are ALWAYS in need of volunteers, donations and yes...DONATIONS! Which includes attending some pretty incredible fundraisers they put together in NYC, Nashville & Los Angeles throughout the year...like...
EFFERVESCENCE is the first, annual, curated Champagne and sparkling wine event set in Los Angeles. From legendary tête de cuvée Champagnes to California's finest fizz to international bubbles produced around the world, EFFERVESCENCE brings them all to you in one epic weekend of celebrating bubbles on May 3rd-5th, 2018. A portion of ticket sales will benefit the T.J. Martell Foundation.
Thanks so much to my guest Jodi Schapiro! Find out more about all the great work they are doing and how to get more involved at: http://www.tjmartell.org/