It began with a promise Tony made to his dying son.
In 1973, T.J. Martell, was a high school student battling leukemia. He asked his father 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. died at the age of nineteen, and that put Tony's promise in cement. Soon after, he was joined by many of his 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.
T.J. Martell Foundation is honored to be an Official Charity Partner in the 2019 TCS New York City Marathon. Your support helps fund our ground-breaking cancer research programs at flagship hospitals across the United States.
Continuing our long history with the music industry, we are thrilled to announce our 2019 Inaugural TCS New York City Marathon team -Team T.J. Martell:
- Daniel Getz on behalf of Universal Music Group
- Heather Kierszenbaum on behalf of BMI
- Annie Meaher on behalf of Warner Music Group
- Jeffrey Schulberg on behalf of Sony Music Entertainment
For more information on the T.J. Martell Foundation, please contact Isabella Heras, firstname.lastname@example.org.