|About T. J. Martell Foundation
The T.J. Martell Foundation began with a promise from a father to his son. In 1973,
T.J. Martell was a high school student battling leukemia. He asked his father, Tony, to
raise a million dollars for cancer research so that, "no one else will have to experience
what I am going through." Although Tony had no fundraising experience, he agreed.
Two years later, T.J. lost his battle and Tony, joined by a group of music industry
executives, artists and friends like Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, and
Duke Ellington, vowed to uphold the promise and organize several fundraising
events. Since then, the T.J. Martell Foundation has raised more than $280 million
to support innovative research for leukemia, cancer, and AIDS research at excellent
hospitals across the country; this funding has been successfully leveraged into several
billion dollars in additional funding from larger sources.
Over the last 42 years, the Foundation has grown consistently thanks to the generous
support of the music industry. Support for the Foundation has extended to other
industries such as film, banking, travel, law, pharmaceutical, and real estate
development spreading awareness of the outstanding work done by the Foundation.
The organization produces special events and campaigns to raise vital dollars for
innovative research into better treatments and cures for cancer – and to fulfill a
For more information visit, tjmartell.org.