“It started with One”
The Sally Edelman-Harry Gardner Cancer Research Foundation is a non-profit organization with the focus of raising money for Cancer Research. The foundation was established in 1984 with the goal of raising a $1,000,000 for Cancer Research.
In 1973 George Edelman Jr. started the “$buck board$”. When that started, no one had any idea the momentum this effort would take. Especially the support of the many people and businesses in the small town of Hilton that supported the cause.
After the death of a friend, Harry Gardner in 1977, and George’s wife Sally Edelman in 1982, George started a campaign to raise money that would go directly to research a cure for cancer. In 1984 the Sally Edelman and Harry Gardner Research Foundation was established.
The journey started out with a brief stint with the American Cancer Society. Because the mission was all money raised would fund research projects, not administrative costs or brick and mortar, George changed direction and partnered with the University of Rochester where all money raised would go directly to research without any administrative costs. The foundation would be positioned in a way to place the monies raised during our campaigns directly into investments. The interest and dividends gained would fund research projects in the Rochester area through the Wilmot Cancer Institute.
There have been numerous articles written and published in medical journals citing the foundation as contributors of “Seed” grant monies to researchers. “Seed” grants are monies the foundation donates to the leaders of the Wilmot Cancer Center. They, in turn, select the primary research project to support. The hope is that the “seed” so planted results in further monetary support by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute of Health. This activity has been very successful in helping to secure additional grants for Wilmot researchers. To date the NCI has awarded additional funding of more than $8,000,000 to those projects that showed promising results.
The foundation has funded research projects that specialize in colon, ovarian, breast cancer, Brain, and Pancreatic Cancer.
In May of 2019, we made our 4th commitment of $250,000, payable over the next 5 years. In the past 15 years we have given $750,000 to fund research projects at the Wilmot Cancer Institute. Prior to that we have purchased equipment and awarded fellowships.
In summary, we have given over $1,000,000 for Cancer Research. Our success was achieved because of the support of many in the Town of Hilton and surrounding communities. This was accomplished through bowling, euchre, golf tournaments, memorials, bottle and penny collections, walk-a-thons, Poker Runs, and many donations from our local businesses.
It is because of the volunteers and participants in the Hilton community and surrounding towns, we are where we are today.
It all began with one person wanting to make a difference and has grown from one to the commitment of many. The foundation has seven members sitting on its Board of Directors. This foundation exists because of friends and supporters volunteering time, individually and collectively. All have made a difference.
Thanks to all for your support
Board of Directors