News, Events & Stories

From our John Wayne Cancer Foundation community.


We’re pleased to announce that as of this fall, the Block the Blaze program has reached over 500,000 young people! Despite the challenges this year has brought on due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve been able to continue sun safety education through webinars, collaborative lesson planning with schools, and presentations on the beach throughout the past summer!   Block the […]


Always Blocking the Blaze

Photo: Pictures from the 2020 Summer Block the Blaze program on the California Coast.   Schools might have gone virtual for most of 2020, however select junior lifeguard programs and camps were given the green light to have socially distanced programming throughout the state, and we are grateful for the out-of-state programs who presented on […]


Funding to Fight Cancer

Funding cutting edge cancer research is one of the ways we fight cancer. The John Wayne Cancer Foundation is proud to fund these John Wayne Alumni Fellows’ Research.       Anthony Lucci, MD; University of Texas MD Anderson Research: Mastectomy, microscopic disease, and immune profiling in metastic breast cancer       Richard Essner, […]


Sun Safe Partners

JOHN WAYNE CANCER FOUNDATION HAS EDUCATED A HALF MILLION YOUTH ON SUN SAFETY; ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH TROPICSPORT   JWCF has partnered with leading sunscreen brand, TropicSport, to provide a co-branded mineral facesticks to thousands of junior lifeguards JWCF’s Block the Blaze program educates youth about skin cancer awareness and the importance of prevention     […]


Powers Combined

John Wayne Cancer Foundation + John Wayne Stock & Supply Join Forces with Project Angel Food to Feed L.A. Cancer Patients During Pandemic.   “Give the American People a Good Cause and There’s Nothing They Can’t Lick.” – John Wayne   Never on to back down from a fight for what’s right, John Wayne battled […]

Preventing Skin Cancer

It’s estimated that roughly 1.8 million people are diagnosed with cancer in the United States annually. Some forms of cancer can be prevented! While what is known about cancer prevention is still evolving, it’s fairly well-accepted that our chances of developing cancer are affected by the lifestyle choices we make. So if you’re interested in […]

Upcoming Events!

John Wayne Grit Series: Pioneertown Half Marathon & 10K: Saturday, May 16, 2020 Bring your John Wayne Grit to the trails and #RunToFightCancer with us on May 16th in the John Wayne Grit Series Pioneertown Half Marathon & 10K. Located near Joshua Tree National Park, Pioneertown was built in the 40s to be an 1880s […]

Looking for more ways to give?

John Wayne beat lung cancer in 1964. He died 15 years later after a struggle with cancer of the stomach. During this difficult period, he became passionate about helping others fight this terrible disease.To honor his memory, it’s our mission to bring courage, strength, and grit to the fight against cancer. John Wayne Cancer Foundation […]