The Sounder Foundation (tax identification # 95-4783588) is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit tax-exempt organization established in 1999 to benefit three specific areas: cancer research, disabled children, and animal rescue. Each of these particular areas has specific importance to the directors and officers of the foundation. Our directors and officers do not take a salary and as such, all donations go directly to the cause.
We are a foundation with strong ties to the San Fernando Valley and Antelope Valley and although we are currently small, we have been able to make significant headway in our goals.
The accomplishments that we have made so far include the following:
The Sounder Foundation furthered
its mission to promote cancer research by establishing a fund that gives
Dr. Thomas Chen MD, PhD of the University of Southern California, a guaranteed
sum of money each year to assist in his brain cancer research. We had the
pleasure of meeting Dr. Chen during unfortunate circumstances when a close
friend of the family, Helaine Scott, was diagnosed with brain cancer. She
was originally diagnosed at Cedars Sinai Medical Center where the medical
staff concluded that they could not operate and that she had only a short
time to live. Dr. Chen was then consulted as a second opinion whereupon
he visualized a much more positive prognosis. As an aggressive surgeon,
he was able to remove much of the tumor. Because of Dr. Chen’s excellent
work, Helaine's life was extended for over two years with very good quality.
Prior to the surgery she had lost all speech. Following the surgery, her
There is no question that Dr. Thomas Chen is one of the finest neurosurgeons in the nation, if not the world. He and his team are truly dedicated to benefiting humanity and doing all that they can to combat this deadly disease. When Helaine passed away, the Sounder Foundation accepted donations in lieu of flowers in order to assist Dr. Chen in his research. We spoke to him about how the money should be distributed and he stated that one of the most effective means to assist him would be to set up a fund that would allot a certain amount of money each year that he could rely on to hire graduate research assistants and purchase needed medical supplies to help him in his cancer research. We raised approximately $25,000.00 and now allocate several thousand dollars per year to Dr. Chen to assist him in his research projects. He is presently involved in numerous studies and experimental treatments regarding brain cancer.
The Sounder Foundation receives
support from such individuals as Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve
Cooley, The Honorable James Rogan (former member of House of Representatives
and Undersecretary of Commerce), baseball great Jay Johnstone, numerous Los
Angeles County Superior Court Judges, and the Fraternal Order of Police. While
we have a broad coalition of support, it is important to emphasize that the
Sounder Foundation is completely non-political and is dedicated solely to the
purposes previously mentioned.
The Sounder Foundation is in current need of additional funds in order to expand on the work that is presently being conducted in our three areas of focus. It is our intention to raise the amount given to Dr. Chen each year in order to further assist in his cancer research. The foundation also intends to assist the local handicapped population by establishing cultural field trips that would such destinations as the Hollywood Bowl, Disney Hall, Ahmanson Theatre, etc. These are events that disabled children and young adults may never get to experience if initiative is not taken to expose them to such events. It is also our intention to continue to adopt rescue dogs, train them and have them placed in other United Cerebral Palsy homes. In addition to the cost of training the dogs, the foundation also absorbs the cost of food and veterinarian bills.
Saturday, September 24, 2005:
A plaque dedication will be held
at the Norris Cancer institute located at the University of Southern California’s
medical site in downtown Los Angeles. This event begins at 12:00 p.m.and will
feature remarks by special guest Los Angeles District Attorney Steve Cooley
followed by a comprehensive update on the current developments in the area of
Cancer Research by world-renowned neurosurgeon Dr. Thomas Chen - MD, PhD. Inasmuch
as Dr. Chen is a direct recipient of contributions from the Sounder Foundation,
he will relay to the audience how the funds are currently being utilized and
what has been accomplished so far with the help of the Sounder Foundation. This
should be a well-attended event. Lunch will be served. The location address
Eastlake Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90033.
Thursday, October 29, 2005
The Sounder Foundation will have a fundraiser on the University of Southern California campus on Homecoming Day. At this event we will sell licensed USC Trojan signs with the proceeds going to the Foundation. Those businesses and firms that support the Sounder Foundation will be given recognition at this event.
On Fathers’ Day in 2006, the Sounder Foundation will have a food booth at the annual Thousand Oaks Fathers’ Day Car Classic held in beautiful Kingmen Park, located on the grounds of California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, California. All proceeds will go directly to the Foundation.
For questions and additional information
please contact any of the directors listed below:
Steven Frankland at 818-523-1444
Vancine Frankland at 818-360-3144
Brad Hertan at 661-949-8766
Sandi Roth at 818-236-3611
Albert Pak at 213-923-3550
Debbie Jaeger at 818-565-5648
Correspondence can be addressed to:
17616 Arvida Drive
Granada Hills, CA 91344
P.O. Box 3502
Granada Hills, CA 91349-3502