THE MISSION OF THE JOHN WAYNE CANCER FOUNDATION IS TO BRING COURAGE, STRENGTH, AND GRIT TO THE FIGHT AGAINST CANCER.
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. At its core, the foundation’s mission is to fund novel and innovative programs that improve cancer patients’ outcome and save lives through research, education, awareness and support.
Making an impact to cure cancer and improve patient outcomes
The John Wayne Cancer Foundation provides funding for multidisciplinary basic, clinical and translational research on many complex cancer problems, focusing in particular on melanoma, breast cancer, prostate cancer, colon cancer neuroendocrine cancer, gastrointestinal cancer and sarcoma.
John Wayne ALUMNI FELLOWS
Meet the amazing minds that make up the esteemed John Wayne Alumni FellowsLEARN MORE
Our passionate team supports the John Wayne Cancer Foundation family, and makes sure no one feels alone in their fight against cancer.LEARN MORE
BLOCK THE BLAZE
Block the Blaze is youth education program around skin cancer protection and prevention! As official partners of the CSLSA, we partner with lifeguards nationwide to bring information straight to the kids.LEARN MORE