The history of the Griffith Family Foundation is a tragic but inspiring chapter in the story of Greg and Cathy Griffith. Greg passed at age 50 after a heroic 19-month battle with pancreatic cancer. It was two family friends â€“ siblings, Amanda and Luke Ottaway â€“ that in 2010 suggested to Cathy the idea of having a fundraiser for pancreatic cancer research. Their idea bloomed into a committee that formed and lead the first â€œGriffâ€™s Run and Gun for a Cure.â€ That first year, they were able to raise $30,000 for pancreatic cancer research through the efforts of many within the local community. The success of this event soon led to the founding of the Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation.
Since 2010, the Griffith Family Foundation has donated more than $300,000 to support pancreatic cancer patients and research efforts. They have many fundraising and awareness campaigns throughout the year, such as their â€œAnnual Sideline Cancer Golf Tournamentâ€ and sponsoring their Sideline Cancer basketball team in â€œThe Basketball Tournamentâ€ (TBT), an eleven-member team made up of professional basketball players who come together to play in a highly visible, nationwide, single-elimination tournament. In addition, Sideline Cancer has become a major, ongoing campaign that has become their signature awareness and fundraising platform.
The Sideline Cancer TBT team has participated in The Basketball Tournament â€“ televised internationally on ESPN â€“ since its inaugural debut in 2014. Sideline Cancer is the only team to have participated in all TBTs since its debut,posting a record of 13-8, making 3 Sweet 16s, 1 Final Four, and Championship Game appearance.
Through the efforts of the Griffith Family Foundation and Sideline Cancer, itâ€™s Cathyâ€™s desire to help change our world and the outcome of pancreatic cancer by uniting us all in the fight to Sideline pancreatic cancer.
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