Here’s 3 Ways to Support Cancer Research

T J Martell Bed Race Derby
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The T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s leading foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding treatments and cures for cancer. The Foundation was founded in 1975 by music industry executive Tony Martell and his colleagues in loving memory of his son T.J., who died of leukemia. The Foundation has provided more than $280 million for research at eight flagship hospitals in the United States.

Here are three upcoming events in the area you can attend to help support cancer research and treatments.

16th Annual Affair of the Hat 

On Thursday, March 22nd, Stacey Rhodes boutique in Brentwood will host its 16th annual “Affair of the Hat” event with special guest Carol Carr, Palm Beach Hat designer who will be in attendance to help you find your Steeplechase hat or hat for any occasion. The event runs 5 p until 8 p with a $10 donation at the door. Stacey Rhodes boutique is located at 144 Franklin Road, Brentwood.

Nashville Honors Gala 

Natalie Grant, Lauren Alaina and Jeff Foxworthy will join the 10th Annual Nashville Honors Gala on March 26, 2018, at the Omni Hotel. “Nashville” star Charles Esten will return to host the event, that honors outstanding community leaders and benefits cancer research. Honorees for the event include: Janet Ayers – Lifetime Humanitarian Award, David Poile – Spirit of Nashville Award, Frank Bumstead – Frances Preston Outstanding Music Industry Achievement Award Mike Smardak – Tony Martell Outstanding Entertainment Achievement Award and Dr. James Netterville – Medical Research Advancement Award.

Table sponsorships and tickets are available by contacting (615) 256-2002 or emailing Visit for more information.

Downtown Derby Bed Race 

The third annual “Downtown Derby Bed Race” takes place May 5, 2018 in Nashville with kickoff at 10 a.m. The event benefits cancer research and netted over $90,000 last year. Team registration is now open at

The “Downtown Derby Bed Race” is a competition in which teams build and decorate their own beds to race up 5th Avenue to Bridgestone Plaza all in support of cancer research. Teams that raise the most money can earn “head starts” on race day. Exciting prizes will be awarded to the winning team at a post-race ceremony at Bridgestone Plaza. Additional awards will be presented for “Best Decorated” and “Best in Spirit.” The “Shining Star” award will be presented to the individual who raises the most money through online fundraising.