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Raising money for Cancer Research

The Sally Edelman-Harry Gardner Cancer Research Foundation is a registered 501C non-profit focused on raising money for Cancer Research. The foundation was established in 1984 with the goal of raising a $1,000,000 for Cancer Research.

Money Edelman-Gardner donated to Wilmot Cancer Institute

It Started with one

In 1973 George Edelman Jr. started the “$buck board$”. When that started, no one had any idea of 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.

Because the mission was all money raised would fund research projects, not administrative costs or brick and mortar, George 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 dollars 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 dollars the foundation gives to Research Scientists of the Wilmot Cancer Institute (WCI). They, in turn, select the primary research project to support. The hope is that the “seed” planted results in further monetary support by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Institute of Health in additional grants. 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 2023, we completed our 4th $250,000 commitment. That will bring our 20-year total to $1,000,000. Prior to that we have purchased equipment, awarded fellowships and funded other research projects.

In summary, we have given over $1,400,000 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 “Grass Roots” Fund Raising; bowling, euchre, golf tournaments, memorials, bottle and penny collections, walk-a-thons, Poker Runs, and many donations from our local businesses and other small businesses in the Rochester area.

It all Started 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. Together, we have made a difference.

Board of Directors

Karen Hermance

Board President

Karen Hermance President
  • Retired from Eastman Kodak 2019
  • President of Edelman – Gardner Board of Directors 2019 – Current
  • Board Member from 2010 – 2019
  • Member of Community Cancer Action Council at Wilmot 2020 – Current
  • Chair Community Driven Research Team at Wilmot – 2020-Current
  • Advisor on Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee for Clinical Trials at Wilmot – 2021 – Current
  • Fundraising for the foundation 2009
  • Spending time with my family and Jet Skiing
Jon Semmler

Jon Semmler


Jon Semmler Finance Director

Jonathan is a licensed CPA in the State of NY, having spent 9 years working in public accounting with a focus on not-for-profit organizations. He is currently employed as Controller of Lifetime Assistance, Inc. He holds a strong personal interest in the advancement of cancer research due to several close family members being impacted by cancer. Personally, he enjoys staying active and spending time with his family and 2 dogs.

Sue Corey


Sue Corey Secretary
  • Retired RN Strong Memorial Hospital 1972 – 2012. Oncology nurse at Wilmot 1982 – 90.
  • Bookkeeper- Shamrock Greens (son’s business 2010 – present
  • Sally Edelman was my sister.
  • Edelman-Gardner CRF:
  • Board Member 5/2014 – 4/2019
  • Secretary 4/2019 – present
  • Golfing/Gardening/watching grandkids sporting events

Cheryl Edelman

Cheryl Edelman
  • I currently work at Hanes Supply, Inc as an Office Admin. I have been working here since February 7, 2007.
  • Board member of Edelman – Gardner
  • Cancer Research Foundation.
  • I have been associated with the foundation since it’s legal conception in 1987 when I was first married to the founder George Edelman. I was involved in all the fun raising events like Penny drives, golf tournaments, bowling tournaments, appliance raffles, bike and walk – a – thons; and much more. I was not on the board at that time, but was very much involved in each and every fund raiser we did.
  • As a member of the foundation, my goal is to take this foundation to the next level. George wanted this to be a success and I want to continue to help to make his dreams come true.

Courtney Edelman

Board Member

Courtney Edelman
  • Global supply chain planner at CooperVision 2021 – Current
  • Kodak Supply Chain Planner 2015 – 2021
  • Daughter of the founder of Edelman Gardner CRF
  • Board member on the CRF foundation 2019 – Current
  • Playing soccer and working out, spending time with my family and friends and loved ones

Margaret Farrell

Board Member

Margaret Farrell
  • Retired from ESL Federal Credit Union
  • Board Member 2019 – Current
  • My brother George’s vision to raise funds to be used 100% for research only, was the driving force for me to want to be part of anything the foundation would do going forward.
  • To know the generosity of all the people through the years has and will continue to improve treatments, survival rates, quality of life and eventually a cure.

Craig Corey

Board Member

Craig Corey

·       Retired from the Brighton Police Department

·       Vice President of Shamrock Greens Inc. (My son’s business) 2010-present

·        Board Member  2022

·        Fund Raising Activities  2014 to present

·       Sally and George were my sister-in-law and brother-in-law.

·       As a member of this Board my goal is to support the Foundation and its Fund Raising Activities to meet our role in Cancer Research.

John Kwaitkowski

Board Member

John Kwaitkowski
  • I worked at GM for 42 years in the Office Service Department. I did everything from working on the Hourly Payroll, to sorting the mail, ordering office supplies and other miscellaneous jobs.
  • My career ended in 2018.
  • Board Member 2007 – Current
  • I worked with George and his committee for the Men’s Golf Tournament
    and Tom Deryke on the appliance raffle.
  • Loved Playing Golf and was a member of the Hilton Fire Department