THE MISSION OF THE JOHN WAYNE CANCER FOUNDATION IS TO BRING COURAGE, STRENGTH, AND GRIT TO THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER.

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Our History is His Story

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, his family created the John Wayne Cancer Foundation in 1985. The mission of the John Wayne Cancer Foundation is to bring courage, strength and grit to the fight against cancer. John Wayne Cancer Foundation funds novel and innovative programs that improve cancer patients' outcomes and save lives through research, education, awareness and support.

OUR PROGRAMS

Making an impact to cure cancer and improve patient outcomes

RESEARCH


The John Wayne Cancer Foundation provides funding for multidisciplinary basic, clinical and translational research on many complex cancer problems.

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John Wayne ALUMNI FELLOWS

Meet the amazing minds that make up the esteemed John Wayne Alumni Fellows

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT

Our passionate team supports the John Wayne Cancer Foundation family, and makes sure no one feels alone in their fight against cancer.

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BLOCK THE BLAZE

Block the Blaze is youth education program around skin cancer protection and prevention! 

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WE FIGHT CANCER WITH GRIT

Support the John Wayne Cancer Foundation today!

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