Fighting Cancer: What would the world look like if cancer were no longer the disease today?


Maurice Goldblatt asked himself that questions over 60 years ago after his brother, Nathan, died of cancer. The two had worked side-by-side building the Goldblatt Brothers Department Stores in Chicago. After his brother’s death, Maurice withdrew from the company, and dovted all of his time and attention to raising funds for medical research — primarily cancer.

The Cancer Research Foundation was founded by Goldblatt to find cures for cancer through funding laboratory and clinical research projects. An enthusiastic fundraiser, he collected millions of dollars for cancer research. Goldblatt was what we would call today an early-stage investor — and from the beginning, he created a nonprofit guided by an entrepreneurial culture.

Maurice Goldblatt with Dr. Charles B. Huggins: 1947

His instincts, vision and expert medical counsel led him to fund scientists who were short of research funds. Many of the early investments he made have borne significant fruit as those scientists have gone on to make, and be recognized for, significant discoveries in cancer science. One of the earliest grants made by Goldblatt was given to Dr. Charles B. Huggins, MD in the 1940’s. Dr. Huggins went on to win the Nobel Prize for Medicine and Physiology in 1966.

Other past grantees include a Lasker Prize winner, a Presidential Medal of Freedom Award winner, and alarge number of researchers who are now noted by the scientific community as true innovators in cancer science.

To this day, the Foundation makes grants guided by Maurice Goldblatt’s desire to fund “tomorrow’s big discoveries” in cancer: students studying cancer, young scientists searching for new directions, and senior scientists poised on the brink of new discovery. Providing the resources to make groundbreaking cancer research possible is the reason the Cancer Research Foundation exists.

Follow us (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) as we continue on this journey to fight cancer. Learn more about our history, programs, entrepreneurs and the ways you can get involved to become a cancer game-changer at the Cancer Research Foundation website.

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