The T.J. Martell Foundation for Leukemia, Cancer and AIDS Research is the music industry's leading cancer research funding organization. It was started in 1975 by Tony Martell in memory of his son T.J. who died of leukemia.
For the past nine years, the foundation has supported an innovative research grant at Winship Cancer Institute. Last year, the foundation established the "Joel A. Katz Music Is Medicine Fund," which supports new projects at Winship. The gift coincided with the opening of "The Joel A. Katz Music Is Medicine Collection," a priceless assemblage of memorabilia on display at Winship on the Clifton Road campus.
Katz, who is chairman of the T.J. Martell Foundation Board of Directors, is a global entertainment and media attorney of Greenberg Traurig, LLP in Atlanta. He is a Chairman Emeritus of the foundation's annual Atlanta's Best Cellars Dinner which supports the grant at Winship.
Chief Executive Officer of T.J. Martell Foundation, Laura Heatherly (center) with Winship faculty, Dr. Sagar Lonial and Dr. Lawrence Boise.