The Meredith A. Cowden Foundation

Raising funding for blood cancer & GvHD research

Cowden Foundation

Elevating the awareness of, and funding research for, the treatment of all blood cancers

The Meredith A. Cowden Foundation raises funding for research and awareness of the blood cancers, as well as Graft-Versus-Host Disease (GvHD), a condition that is a complication of a bone marrow transplant. GvHD can be an acute or chronic condition and, sadly, can be fatal if not controlled properly. Through our events, we have raised funds for leukemia researchers, who work to discover new and effective ways to combat the disease and avoid the side effects of current treatments.

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Funding groundbreaking research to discover a cure for GvHD

Our Events

The Cowden Chasers, Six Courses For A Cure, Cowden Crafted Series & More


When you donate to GvHD research, you’re making a lasting difference

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The mission of the Meredith A. Cowden Foundation is to increase the number of leukemia survivors; to raise awareness of the blood cancers and help people living with the treatment of them; to improve the post-transplant quality of life for bone marrow transplant recipients, and to support the mission of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Give Hope

Help us connect people to the help they deserve. Your support is more than a donation, it is an investment in the lives of children and adults struggling with GvHD. Fund groundbreaking research to discover a cure for this devasting disease. Every dollar matters.

What Is GvHD?

During allogeneic stem cell transplantation, donor cells (“the graft”) may also attack the patient’s healthy tissues and organs (“the host”), which can impair the tissue or organ’s function or may cause it to fail altogether. This condition is called “graft-versus-host disease” or GVHD.

The National GvHD Health Symposium

Providing an opportunity for survivors, their families and caregivers to interact with some of the world’s leading authorities on the cause, treatment and management of Graft vs. Host Disease


The Meredith A. Cowden Foundation volunteers are at the heart of everything we do. They fundraise, they advocate for life-saving change, and they’re committed to helping us achieve our mission. We’d love for you to join them. For more information on how to volunteer, contact us at

The GvHD Health Symposium

This unique one-day conference, will consist of two-tracks – one designed for physicians and other health care professionals and one for bone-marrow transplant (BMT) survivors, their families and their caregivers.

Six Courses For A Cure

Six Courses for a Cure is the result of the creative genius of Executive Chef Roger Thomas, Beverly Hills, CA. and Pete Olsen, owner of The Tasting Room, Wadsworth, Ohio.

Cowden Craft Series

Join us for a fun and relaxed evening of craft beer, crafted cocktails, raffle prizes, and great company in support of the Meredith A. Cowden Foundation

Cowden Chasers

We are very excited to announce that one of the Cleveland Clinic BMT oncologists has organized a team for the Cleveland Half-Marathon on May 20, 2018. Join the “Cowden Chasers”!

Our Blog

Our most recent blog entries, including news and updates to our events and partnerships

Speakers Announced for GvHD Symposium 2019

The 8th Annual Graft vs. Host Disease Symposium - REGISTER Friday, April 26th 2019 Cleveland Airport Marriott 4277 West 150th Street Cleveland OH 44135 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Joseph H. Antin, MD Dana Farber Cancer Insitute Dr. Antin received his MD from Cornell University...

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