September 29, 2010
I had the privilege of attending the 2010 Artworks for the Cure, benefiting the T.J. Martell Foundation (Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS research). It was a wonderful event put on by an amazing group of people.
(middle guitar designed by Brandon Boyd of Incubus)
While writing this blog entry, I decided to do some more research about the T.J. Martell Foundation. And what I found really hit home. From the website:
“It began with a promise from a father to his dying son….
In 1973, a high school student named T.J. Martell was battling leukemia. He asked his father, music industry executive Tony Martell, to raise a million dollars for cancer research so that “no one else will have to experience what I am going through.” Although he had no fundraising experience, Tony agreed.
Two years later, T.J. died at the age of nineteen, and as Tony explains today, “that put my promise in cement.” Soon after, Tony was joined by many of his musician friends like Ella Fitzgerald, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington to hold a fundraiser at Buddy Rich’s nightclub in New York. They raised $50,000 and the T.J. Martell Foundation was born.”
My dear cousin Melissa died of ovarian cancer at 21. And I have been very involved in charities that benefit research for ovarian/breast cancer since her death. Had I known about this charity earlier, I would have been involved years ago.
My friend’s family chaired the event this year. Here are some photos (mostly of the amazing art) from the Benefit:
Mister Cartoon (famous tattoo artist)
Stanley Donwood (associated with Radio Head’s “Hail to the Thief”)
More designed guitars
Charles le Brigand
KCRW’s Jason Bentley
Cool Coke bottle
Frank Charles Dante Minuto
The Bergamot Succulent Car