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THE T.J. MARTELL FOUNDATION ANNOUNCES 40TH ANNIVERSARY

 

Music executive Tony Martell created the T.J. Martell Foundation in 1975 in memory of his son T.J., who died of leukemia at the age of 19. Before he succumbed to the disease, T.J. asked his father to do whatever he could to find a cure, and Tony has devoted his life to keeping his promise to his son.

Tony’s promise has far exceeded his initial promise to raise $1 million dollars to fight leukemia; in its 40-year existence, the Foundation has provided over $270 million to support innovative medical research in fighting gastric cancer, sarcoma cancer, prostate cancer, neuroblastoma in children, leukemia, AIDs, breast cancer, HIV related cancers, lung cancer and others.

“It has been many years since the $1 million dollar mark was achieved,” Tony says now, “but for my beloved son T.J., and for everyone else who has undergone the experience of cancer, leukemia or AIDS, I pledge that the T.J. Martell Foundation will not rest until a true cure is discovered.”

As part of the Foundation’s 40th Anniversary, the organization has announced an aggressive plan including several high level fundraising events, marketing programs and research initiatives with a promise to raise awareness for cancer research and patient advocacy programs. Inspiring stories of thousands of survivors around the country will be included in a national series of videos and a new PSA campaign dedicated to the 40th Anniversary will launch sometime in 2015. More info at tjmartell.org.

The 40th Anniversary T.J. Martell Foundation Annual Honors Gala will take place in New York on Thursday, Oct. 15. The theme of this highly anticipated event is “Top 40” and will be hosted by original MTV VJs Mark Goodman, Alan Hunter and Nina Blackwood. It will bring together celebrities from entertainment and music for a star-studded celebration at Cipriani on Wall Street.

Honorees include Guggenheim Media Entertainment Group’s John Amato and Janice Min, Bruce Bozzi and Wally Ganzi of the Palm Restaurant Group, Dinesh Paliwal of HARMAN International and fashion designer/label head John Varvatos.

The Foundation will also announce the newly created Clive Davis Research Fellow Award, an annual grant bestowed upon a young investigator who has made innovative strides and extensive research in cancer or AIDS. Davis, who helped create the T.J. Martell Foundation in 1975 with Tony Martell, will be recognized at the Honors Gala where the official announcement will be made. 

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