For those of you who are not familiar with the T.J. Martell Foundation it raises funding for Leukemia, Cancer, and Aids research and prevention. Since 1975 the foundation has raised over $260 million dollars in the fight to find a cure. Inspired by the loss of his son, and the promise of reaching 1 million dollars Tony Martell founded the T.J. Martell Foundation.
This year the foundation is holding an awards ceremony and Luncheon to honor 4 powerful woman of business Hoda Kotb, Cathy Hughes, Randi Rahm, and Sharon Dastur. These woman are not only advocates in the fight against cancer but amazing and inspiring woman of business.
Today’s Show Host, Author, and Cancer Advocate
The Today’s Show Co-host Hoda Kotb has an incredible story of strength, perseverance, and courage in the face of grave challenges. For years we have watched her smile every morning, and bring you the latest stories of woman’s interest and inspiration.
But her own story is one of great inspiration to all woman. Hoda shared her most intimate moments with her fans in an effort to bring the awareness of breast cancer prevention and early detection to you.
Since her Mastectomy and reconstructive surgery for breast cancer in 2007 she has shared her documentry and book with you. While becoming a strong advocate for those women & men who are suffering from breast cancer. While still being able to balancing her personal life, career, and health Hoda has shown amazing courage, strength, and passion. And is a true inspiration to the everyday woman!
New York Designer/Composer/Musician/Artist/
Randi Rahm started her career following her love of music and the arts obtaining degrees in Art history, and music. She didn’t start her fashion designing career however until after she became a mother. Creating a quilt for her own son lead to children’s dresses and now the designs you see today. Her heart is filled with a passion for the creative covering not just design, but a lot of areas including her love of painting, composing, playing classical music, among many others.
Randi Rahm has the sight of a creative artist, and the hand of perfection. With her keen eye for detail many of her collections are covered with the most intricate designs and hand sown gems ever seen on clothing. In 2004 Randi Rahm and Italian Jeweler Stefan Hafner collaborated to design the $2.5 million dollar gown. The gown was worn by Access Hollywood reporter Maria Menounos complete with over 400 Karats of diamonds hand set across the front. This amazing dress is just one of the examples of her keen eye, and attention to detail in her design work.
If her amazing contributions to the world of design is not enough Randi Rahm has also become an advocate for supporting cancer prevention and research.
Radio One- Owner/Founder/Advocate
Radio One was founded in 1980 by Cathy Hughes and in 1999 it became publicly traded company. When she became the first African American Women Business Owner with a publicly traded company. She is also a minority owner of BET Industries making her a power house in radio and in TV publications.
Cathy Hughes has a true story of struggle, she was a teen mother faced with many obstacles. And instead of allowing it to be her downfall Cathy turned her struggle around. Moving forward to becoming one of the biggest media moguls in the US. Her continued fight stretches from music, to advocacy in the fight on Cancer one many have taken on. She is a great inspiration to not just African American woman but the everyday woman as well. We are grateful to honor her struggle and rise to the top in our woman’s inspiration month.
Program Director Z100 Radio/Cancer Advocate
Sharon Dastur is an amazing woman. She has inspired many woman across the world with her incrediable passion and determination. Best known for her work as Program Director for the well known Z100 Radio station she has also helped as an advocate for several woman’s cancers. She was recognized in the Billboard “Women in Music” 2011 for her incredible influence in Radio. She has also in her spare time developed a passion for drums.
She has become abig supporter of the EIF Revlon Run/Walk that is held in NY and LA each year that helps in the fight against Woman’s cancers. The Revlon Run/Walk was founded in 1994 to help raise awareness, prevention, and research for all cancers affecting woman today. You can learn more on the Revlon Run/Walk program by visiting www.revlonrunwalk.org
Sharon is also involved in Musicians on Call which is a organization that helps provide live, and recorded music to patients in hospitals, and healthcare facilities. They were founded in 1999 and have performed to over 400,000 patients! Learn more about Musicians on Call at www.musiciansoncall.org Her passion and inspiration has helped and influenced many woman over the years. And is worth the honor of the TJ. Martell Foundation award!
The 2014 Women of Influence Awards will be held on May 1st in New York. For more information on the upcoming event visit www.TJMartell.org