The Meredith A. Cowden Foundation

The Meredith A. Cowden Foundation raises funding for research and awareness of the blood cancers, as well as Graft vs. Host Disease (GvHD), a condition that is a complication of a bone marrow transplant. In most cases, GvHD becomes a chronic condition but 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. We are proud to sponsor the National GvHD Symposium where the best and brightest research doctors present their research and new and more effective ways to treat GvHD.

In addition, we provide grants for the special needs of patients and families battling a blood cancer. We contribute to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) with funding for research associated with treatment of the blood cancers. Through the generosity of our friends and community, the Meredith A. Cowden Foundation has been able to donate over $500,000 to date to help with the fight against GvHD.

Unfortunately, too many of us have been touched by blood cancer through family, friends, colleagues and/or acquaintances who have faced the disease. The Foundation works every day to support and encourage those who continue to fight this battle, to recognize the champions who have battled this disease and to honor the memory of those who are no longer with us.

With the help of many, we will continue to work on elevating the awareness of, and providing education and research for, the treatment of leukemia and Graft vs. Host Disease.

Gerald W. Cowden

Our Mission

Our Goal

Raising Awareness & The Quality Of Life For Patients

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 Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Our Commitment

The Meredith A. Cowden Foundation is committed to:

Providing funding for research to prevent, treat and cure Graft vs. Host Disease (GvHD).

Educating physicians, researchers, patients, and the general public concerning GvHD and late effects of transplants, their prevention, treatment and cure.

Providing general information concerning the blood cancers and their treatment, with a special emphasis on the treatment of leukemia and bone marrow and stem cell transplantation; and

Providing resources for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to support programs designed to enhance the quality of life of patients and their families during treatment.

Cowden Foundation

Our Partners

The Meredith A. Cowden Foundation is proud to have provided funding for research, primarily concerning Graft vs. Host Disease (GvHD). GvHD is the main contributor to mortality following bone marrow transplantations in patients with leukemia.

Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center

At Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center, part of the NCCN and NCI-designated Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, more than 450 highly skilled doctors, researchers, nurses and technicians care for thousands of patients each year. Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center unites clinicians and researchers in Taussig Cancer Institute and in Cleveland Clinic’s 26 other clinical and surgical institutes, as well as cancer specialists at our regional hospitals, health centers and at Cleveland Clinic Florida. Ranked No. 1 in Ohio and No. 7 in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report, our cancer center provides a range of services to patients including clinical trials and internationally-recognized cancer research efforts ensuring patients have access to the latest advances in cancer treatment, as well as a range of support programs helping patients navigate the challenges associated with a cancer diagnosis.

Cleveland Clinic Cancer Center
9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44195

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center, part of the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, is dedicated to the innovative treatment and promising research in the fight against cancer through ongoing studies aimed at cancer treatment and prevention.

One of only 41 Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Seidman can offer cutting-edge treatments earlier than most other cancer centers. Our affiliation with Case Western Reserve University provides ongoing studies aimed at cancer treatment and prevention.

Patients receive skilled care through our multidisciplinary team approach. Experts in surgery, medical oncology, radiation therapy, pathology, nursing, social work, and psychology work together to create a personalized treatment plan that meets physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Recognized by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top hospitals for cancer care in the country, the mission of Seidman Cancer Center is simple: to cure cancer

University Hospitals Seidman Cancer Center at UH Cleveland Medical Center
11100 Euclid Ave
Cleveland, OH 44106

Case Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Case Comprehensive Cancer Center (Case CCC) based at Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) is a partnership organization supporting all cancer-related research efforts at CWRU, University Hospitals Case Medical Center, and the Cleveland Clinic.

Located in Cleveland, Ohio, the Case CCC is an NCI designated cancer center and serves the cancer research and clinical needs of an urban manufacturing and rural agricultural region containing 3.8 million people in Northern Ohio

Campus Location:
Wolstein Research Building, Suite 1422
2103 Cornell Road
Cleveland, OH 44106

UPMC Hillman Cancer Centerlogo a partner of the cowden foundation GvHD research

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center

At UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, we’re committed to giving you the knowledge, inspiration, and specialty care you need to boldly face your cancer. Because no diagnosis should stop you from doing the things you love, or from living each day to the fullest.

We are the region’s only comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute. And with more than 60 UPMC Hillman Cancer Center locations, you won’t have to travel far to receive world-class treatments backed by best practices and leading-edge protocols.

Learn more about who we are and how we can help you.

UPMC Hillman Cancer Center
5115 Centre Ave., Fourth Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15232

BMT Infonet

BMT InfoNet was the first patient advocacy organization in the U.S. devoted solely to serving transplant patients. Blood & Marrow Transplant Information Network (BMT InfoNet) is a leading advocacy organization for bone marrow, stem cell and cord blood transplant patients.
Founded in 1990, BMT InfoNet has pioneered a vast array of services to help transplant patients make critical decisions throughout their transplant journey.

BMT InfoNet
1548 Old Skokie Road, Suite 1
Highland Park, IL 60035
Toll Free: (888) 597-7674


Linking curing & caring from diagnosis through survivorship. The mission of the National Bone Marrow Transplant Link is to help patients, caregivers, and families cope with the social and emotional challenges of bone marrow/stem cell transplant from diagnosis through survivorship by providing vital information and personalized support services.

  • Survivorship Resources
  • Original Publications
  • Informative Webcasts
  • Emmy Award-winning Video
  • Online Resource Library
  • Peer Support on Call
  • Telephone Education/Support Groups

20411 West 12 Mile Rd., Suite 108
Southfield, MI 48076
(800) 546-5268 (1-800-LINK-BMT)
E-mail: info@nbmtlink.org

Cowden Foundation

Board Members

Gerald W. Cowden

Gerald W. Cowden


Cleveland attorney Gerald Cowden, together with his family and a core group of dedicated supporters, founded the Meredith A. Cowden Foundation in 2007, after his daughter was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). In its five years of existence, the foundation has raised more than $250,000 for research and patient funding.

Marti Cowden

Ernie Aranyosi

Kasie Briggs Pizarro

John Bonfiglio

James Giltner

Joe Zeno

Benson Lee

William Lowery