Music Connection Magazine
The T.J Martell Foundation was started by the promise of a father to his son and it has grown into the leading foundation in the music industry that raises money to fund the medical research necessary to find treatments and a cure for cancer.
When T.J Martell – was in high school and fighting an aggressive form of Leukemia, he asked his father to do something special for him, and that request is the heart of the T.J Martell Foundation. T.J asked his father to raise a million dollars for cancer research so no one else would ever have to go through what he was experiencing.
Two years later, T.J passed away and his father’s promise was more important than ever. He held a fundraiser at Buddy Rich’s nightclub in New York with his friends in the industry and the foundation was born.
To this day, Tony keeps his son’s legacy alive by continuing to raise money for the fight against cancer with various events and projects taking place through the year. One of those projects paired the T.J Martell Foundation with the Gibson Foundation as well as some incredible musicians.
Over 30 public figures will sign guitars that have been painted by a visual artist inspired by the celebrities themselves. The guitars will then be displayed as art before going to auction later this year. The project will benefit the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
Some of the celebrities involved include Louis Tomlinson, Selena Gomez, Miley Cyrus, Brett Eldredge, All American Rejects, Grace VanderWaal, Tegan Marie, Jake Paul, Sky Katz, Issac Brown, Jason Maybaum, China Anne McClain, Ricky Garcia, Liam Attridge, Emery Kelly, James Arthur, Charlie Put, and many more.
When we heard that Louis Tomlinson was involved with the project, we were immediately excited but not at all surprised. He’s long been an advocate for childhood cancer research and, alongside his late mother Johannah, raised millions upon millions of dollars to make a difference in the lives of those diagnosed with the disease and those who love them.
You can find out more about the T.J Martell Foundation here.