To provide meaningful support to cancer patients, education to promote cancer prevention and resources to advance research for a cure.


When someone is diagnosed with cancer, their world is turned upside down. Being able to find and take advantage of support services fast is absolutely critical. Where families are overburdened, the Heroes Foundation shows up to relieve some of the stress put on those affected by cancer.


Between a third and a half of cancers could be prevented on the basis of the medical community’s current knowledge of risk factors. Plus, prevention is cost-effective, its effects aren’t limited to high-risk subjects but extend to the entire population, and it is not dependent on socioeconomic status. Cancer prevention initiatives can reduce both the incidence of cancer and mortality.


The overall cancer death rate continues to decline year after year. Researchers across the world are uncovering better ways to prevent, diagnose, treat and survive cancer. But we are far from done. Tireless and brilliant scholars are chasing cancer breakthroughs right here in Indiana. With internationally recognized research institutions in our own backyard, the Heroes Foundation focuses its research funding to projects in Indiana.

Impact in 2022

Thanks to our donors, partners, and supporters, we raised $818,595 to further our mission in 2022.


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Participate as a company, team, family or individual. Contact us to find out how your time and talents can do good as a volunteer for the Indiana cancer community.

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In 2021, the Heroes Foundation provided funding to these support programs in Central Indiana:

$30,000 total to the CompleteLife Program at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, which offers support groups, alternative therapies and activities to stimulate the mind, body and spirit. CompleteLife gifts included the following:

  • $15,000 to First Mondays support groups offering cancer patients an opportunity to connect through the IU Simon Cancer Resource Center.
  • $15,000 sponsorship of the CompleteLife Art Show on display at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center and at the Harrison Center for the Arts.

$15,000 to help cancer patients cover basic expenses through the Oncology Patient Assistance Fund at Community Health.

$10,000 gift to Peyton Manning Children’s Hospital at Ascension St. Vincent to complete a five-year $50,000 commitment for its pediatric oncology room

TOTAL: $55,000 to support Hoosiers battling cancer


Heroes Foundation programs in 2021 worked to encourage cancer clinical trial participation, improve sun-safety measures, and grow awareness of the link between higher levels of physical activity and lower cancer risks.


In 2021, the Heroes Foundation funded research nearly $140,000 to support cancer research. The results of these groundbreaking projects could impact cancer treatment and prevention, not just in the state of Indiana – but worldwide.

$99,000 to breast cancer research

$20,000 to pediatric cancer research through Team JOEY 

$20,000 to jumpstart promising research through the SJP Heroes Cancer Research Fund 

TOTAL: $139,000 to fund cancer research in Indiana