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The Josh Gottheil Memorial Fund for Lymphoma Research is dedicated to providing educational support to oncology nurses who work with patients in bone marrow and stem cell transplant units in hospitals across the United States.

Established in 1994, Josh's Fund partners with the Oncology Nursing Society Foundation (ONS) to administer the application and selection process for awarding educational grants to four oncology nurses annually. To date, eighty oncology nurses have been selected to receive the Josh Gottheil Career Development Award, enabling them to participate in courses and programs that further professional knowledge and skills in patient care.

The Josh Gottheil Memorial Fund for Lymphoma Research is a 401c tax exempt charitable organization. Josh’s Fund has no paid staff members and zero administrative costs. Every donation goes directly toward support for educational grants to oncology nurses who work with patients undergoing bone marrow or stem cell transplants.

Joshua David Gottheil was a young man with a special charm and a big heart. At a very young age, Josh accomplished a large part of what seemed to be his dream—to support musicians and to bring the music that he loved to audiences.

Born in 1969, Josh played drums in rock bands while in junior high and again while in high school. During this time he learned the business of promoting rock music shows and soon was bringing bands from around the world to perform in his hometown of Champaign-Urbana (C-U).

Because promoting rock music became his passion, Josh formed his own production company and after graduating high school in 1987 he decided to attend community college while keeping his business going. However, a few months into the beginning of his first semester he was diagnosed with lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. Josh underwent chemotherapy treatments and eventually a bone marrow transplant procedure as a patient at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis.

Throughout this time both Josh and his family learned to have the highest respect and gratitude for the nurses who cared for him and other patients in the bone marrow transplant unit. These oncology nurses who specialized in bone marrow transplantation were truly amazing and exemplified the highest ideals of their profession.

After his heroic struggle, Josh died on April 4, 1989 at age 19 while still at Barnes Hospital. Josh’s parents and his sister established The Josh Gottheil Memorial Fund to honor his memory by honoring the nurses who gave him their all in his struggle to recover from lymphoma and from the challenge of the treatment he underwent. It is to these nurses that the Josh Gottheil Memorial Fund for Lymphoma research is dedicated.

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