Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and world-ranked tennis player James Blake have joined forces to bring new resources to bear on the early diagnosis and treatment of cancer. With the support of his family, James established the Thomas Blake Sr. Memorial Research Fund, in memory of his father. The Blake Research Fund invests seed money in leading-edge science in order to speed up the most promising work and shorten the time it takes to turn laboratory discoveries into better treatments for patients.
To date, James and his family have raised $500,000, and their goal is to reach the $1 million mark by the end of 2008. Please join the Blake family in supporting Memorial Sloan-Kettering and the Thomas Blake Sr. Memorial Research Fund. One hundred percent of every dollar donated to the Fund goes directly to cancer research at Memorial Sloan-Kettering.
Coming from a non-profit development background, I like the way James has set this up. He’s focusing his funds on something specific and has partnered with an established organization that knows what it’s doing. Unlike some of these vague, touchy-feely foundations that many sports celebs set up, this one is serious and trustworthy – donors understand where their money is going. When you’re Mr. Perfect, you don’t need no vanity project.
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