STOP CANCER was founded in 1988 by Dr. Armand Hammer in partnership with Sherry Lansing.
Dr. Armand Hammer was the chairman and founder of Occidental Petroleum Corporation. He was a philanthropist, entrepreneur, art collector, medical doctor, citizen-diplomat, friend of heads-of-state, world traveler and visionary. He served as the Chairman of President Ronald Reagan’s Cancer Panel for eight years. During this time, Dr Hammer experienced first-hand the high demand for cancer research grants and the inability to fill them based on lack of funds. His vision for a nationally focused campaign dedicated to funding cancer research became clear and with the help of good friend, Sherry Lansing, STOP CANCER was born. Until his death in December 1990 at age 92-1/2, he literally worked around the clock seven days a week to make difference and see his vision fulfilled.
In 1990 Sherry Lansing; former Chairman of Paramount Pictures, loyal to the organization and cause became the official chairperson of STOP CANCER. Arlene and David Ray became the first founding presidents. At the suggestion of the Director of the NCI (National Cancer Institute), STOP CANCER began to support local NCI Comprehensive Cancer Centers. They developed relationships with Los Angeles County’s three Comprehensive Cancer Centers, UCLA’s Jonsson, USC Norris and the City of Hope Center. Through this development, STOP CANCER was able to work directly with research centers to learn about and select the most promising young scientists for STOP CANCER grants.
In the last two decades, STOP CANCER has continued to attract a committed group of members, volunteers, supporters and partners. There is certain sense of family at STOP CANCER. Members recruit children and grandchildren to be involved with STOP CANCER fundraising and events. Founding corporate supporters like Occidental continue to give generously to STOP CANCER. New partnerships have also enabled STOP CANCER to learn and share stories of heartfelt devotion for “more research” and “less cancer.” Until cancer is wiped out all together, there is work and research to be done and STOP CANCER is committed to a cancer-free world.
2013 is the 25th year of STOP CANCER and much progress has been made in the on-going fight but there is more work to be done.
Chair, Sherry Lansing, STOP CANCER Leadership and STOP CANCER-funded researchers speak about the value of the funding of STOP CANCER.