Heroes
Mission

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

Support

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.

Prevention

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.

Research

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.

SUPPORT

In 2020, the Heroes Foundation supported cancer patients by funding programs that help them claim their life back.

$25,000 to the CompleteLife Program at the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

$15,000 for the Oncology Patient Assistance Fund at Community Health

$2,570 to support healthcare heroes during the pandemic with Pay It Forward Friday (#PIFF) lunches  

TOTAL: $42,570 to support those battling cancer

Impact in 2021

Thanks to our donors, partners, and supporters, we raised more than $700,000 to support our mission in 2021.

  • SUPPORT TO CANCER PATIENTS

    In 2019, our grants leveraged over $82,000 to help cancer patients fund food, medicine and gasoline. Watch to see why SUPPORT is so important to our mission.

    SUPPORT TO CANCER PATIENTS
  • EDUCATION TO PROMOTE CANCER PREVENTION

    It's not always easy to follow a cancer-fighting lifestyle in Indiana! (We love our pork tenderloins.) Follow these 4 tips for cancer PREVENTION.

    EDUCATION TO PROMOTE CANCER PREVENTION
  • RESOURCES TO ADVANCE RESEARCH FOR A CURE

    We set in motion innovative RESEARCH. In 2018, the Catherine Peachey Fund, a Heroes Foundation family member, awarded $250,000 to support the work of Dr. Hari Nakshatri.

    RESOURCES TO ADVANCE RESEARCH FOR A CURE

    Volunteer With Us

    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.

    Join Our Family Of
    Corporate Partners

    Your business, organization or family can be a heroic advocate for the Indiana cancer community, helping us celebrate our 22nd year in operation.

    Explore the opportunities in the 2022 Corporate Partnership Program.

    SUPPORT

    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

    PREVENTION

    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.

    RESEARCH

    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 through the Catherine Peachey Fund 

    $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