In celebration of its 40th year, The T.J. Martell Foundation has announced the addition of the Clive Davis Research Fellowship Award. The foundation, which is the music industry’s largest foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding cures for leukemia, cancer and AIDS, made the announcement on Wednesday, Sept. 29th.
The grant will be awarded annually to a scientist or medical professional undertaking substantial early-stage work aimed at finding a cure for Leukemia, Cancer or AIDS at one of T.J. Martell Foundation’s funded institutions, the foundation said.
“I am deeply touched that Tony and the T.J. Martell Foundation chose to name this prestigious fellowship award after me,” Davis said. “I will never forget the day – 40 years ago – when Tony called asking for my help setting up the Foundation in honor of his beloved son T.J. I proudly stood by the Foundation as it quickly grew to become THE music charity and a genuine leader in the fight against Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS. This is a fantastic organization that is saving lives and I am proud to have my name permanently associated with it.”
Since it’s inception, the foundation has donated the more than $1 billion dollars in additional research funding and alliances with the National Institute of Health and the National Cancer Institute. Current research facilities funded by The T.J. Martell Foundation include Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Columbia-Presbyterian Cancer Center, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University, Mayo Clinic, Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
“It has been many years since the $1 million dollar mark was achieved — 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,” said Founder and CEO, Tony Martell. “I am privileged to be able to work alongside such an icon of the music industry and friend as Clive Davis, who has been with us since that day 40 years ago when we decided to take action.”
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