|About the T. J. Martell Foundation
It began with a promise.
A young boy named T. J. Martell asked his father, music industry executive Tony Martell, to raise a million dollars for the
lifesaving leukemia research that made it possible for him to reach his nineteenth birthday, two years beyond his original
prognosis. T. J. died later that year, but Tony Martell, along with a group of music industry executives, artists and friends,
vowed to uphold that promise and organized their first fundraising event, a concert at Buddy Rich's club in New York City.
The event was a huge success and the support from the music industry was absolutely incredible. On that September night in
1975, not only did Tony Martell begin to fulfill his promise, but he founded the T. J. Martell Foundation to honor his son's life
and help so many others that are affected by these devastating diseases.
For over thirty-three years under Tony Martell's inspiration and vision, the T. J. Martell Foundation has blossomed into one of
the nation's premier charities with offices in New York, Los Angeles and Nashville. To date, the foundation has raised more
than $225 million whil funding eight flagship research centers for treatments and cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS.
To learn more about the T.J. Martell Foundation, log onto www.tjmartellfoundation.org.