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Annual Activities Report

For Fiscal Year: May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2016

We are pleased to release this report on our activities last year at the John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF). You will see from our endeavors that we are continuing the legacy of John Wayne’s fight against cancer. We could not do this without the help of our donors, supporters, volunteers and friends. Please take personal pride in your part of this successful year at JWCF and realize that we will continue John Wayne’s fight until cancer is cured.



At A Glance

An Infographic Look at Our Statistics

Mission & Programs

Block The Blaze

JWCF's skin cancer prevention program has been in existence for a number of years, but in 2015 experienced tremendous growth through expansion beyond California into 3 additional states. Charting the course and establishing a model for national expansion, the program was now poised for more rapid expansion in 2016.

This year, former Olympic Gold Medalist, Swimming, and celebrity, Summer Sanders, became our volunteer national spokesperson. A three-time melanoma survivor, Summer's participation in the program brings a new level of awareness to the issue of skin cancer.

Through partnerships such as those with the California Surf Lifesaving Association, REAL Watersports and the US Lifesaving Association, Block the Blaze was able to educate more than 46,000 youth during 2015, bringing the cumulative total to 172,000. Finally, in April 2016, the John Wayne Cancer Foundation was voted into membership of the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.

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John Wayne Alumni Fellows Program

Launched in June 2015, this program provides resources to more than 150 surgical oncology alumni fellows of the John Wayne Cancer Institute. These physicians now practice best-in-class surgical oncology in major healthcare institutions around the country, and are conducting clinical research and teaching the latest techniques in cancer surgery and medicine.

Activating this network through a travel grant program, clinical research grants and a special intranet, we are encouraging communication and the sharing of best practices in surgical oncology.

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John Wayne Cancer Foundation Advisory Board

To provide support to the foundation, its awareness, and fundraising activities, a group of national leaders from various backgrounds and locations have joined John Wayne's legacy in the fight against cancer.

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2015 Fundraising

Team John Wayne

In October 2015, we launched Team John Wayne, our athletic fundraising program that encourages people to participate in races and raise funds in honor of those affected by cancer. Between October 2015 and April 2015, more than 80 people joined Team John Wayne and fundraised for the John Wayne Cancer Foundation, primarily for local Southern California races.  Looking ahead, we are expanding the program to other states, featuring 5Ks, Half Marathons, Marathons, and obstacle events like Tough Mudder. Team John Wayne's peer-to-peer fundraising platform guides team members to engage their personal networks, allowing a much larger community to be part of the cure for cancer.

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Join John Wayne

Launched in 2015, Join John Wayne is the John Wayne Cancer Foundation's membership program, which provides exclusive membership benefits and monthly updates on JWCF activities. The latest information from the foundation is provided by e-message and in a special, members-only, password protected section of johnwayne.org.

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John Wayne Film Festival

Held September 24-27, 2015, the John Wayne Film Festival, benefiting the john Wayne Cancer Foundation, was a great success. Raising more than $300,000, the event was held at Highland Park Village and Look Cinemas where 17 John Wayne films were shown throughout the weekend. The 2015 John Wayne Film Festival also included an Art Walk in Highland Park Village with famous John R. Hamilton photographs.

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Gritty Up

In celebration of John Wayne's birthday, Grit Cycle in Costa Mesa, CA sponsored and hosted its 2015 indoor cycle event, "Gritty Up," for the active and generous community of spin cyclists and their supporters. Raising funds through an entire weekend of events, these dedicated spin enthusiasts raised more than $183,000 for the mission of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation.

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