The Foundation

Our Mission:

  • To FUND a cure for pancreatic cancer
  • To offer HOPE for those in need
  • To CONNECT patients, families and communities
  • To raise AWARENESS of the necessity for a new direction of innovative research and treatment plans

Our Vision:

  • To continue the VISION inspired by Greg Griffith
  • To rise and “put on our pants” each day and take up the battle
  • To give back more in time, effort and funding that we take
  • To see a day when our children and grandchildren no longer need to fear a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer
  • We CAN achieve what we BELIEVE!

Our History:

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The history of the Griffith Family Foundation is a tragic but inspiring chapter in the story of Greg and Cathy Griffith.

View the Timeline of the Greg and Cathy Griffith Family Foundation

Catherine R. Griffith, President

Cathy is the Wife of Greg Griffith who passed from Pancreatic Cancer at age 50 on August 26, 2011. She’s a 1984 Graduate of Allegheny College, MD with an Associate of Arts Degree in Dental Hygiene. Cathy has 32 years of experience as a Dental Hygienist. She’s a Patient Advocate for the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Research Advocate Network, and the American Association of Cancer Researchers. She’s also Vice-Chair of the Digestive Disease National Coalition (DDNC) in Washington DC, a member of the World Pancreatic Cancer Coalition, and Chairman of GFF’s Sideline Cancer campaign.

Bruce Erb, Board Treasurer

Former Senior Vice President, First National Trust Company
Current Blair County Commissioner
Graduate of Bucknell University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance from Juniata College Serves as Senior VP, Director of Trust Services at FNB for 7 years, President of Wealth Mgt at Omega Bank for 15 years, Senior VP in Asset Mgt & Trust at Hollidaysburg Trust Co for 11 years. Greg and Bruce worked together professionally for many years, met frequently at the Hollidaysburg YMCA, and shared many great conversations over many breakfasts and lunches.

Cindy Kanski, Board Secretary

Speech/Language Pathologist, Altoona Area School District M.S. Degree from Penn State in Communication Disorders. Worked as a Speech/Language pathologist for over 30 years. Employed by the Altoona Area School District for 23 years. Currently serve as Department Chairperson of the Speech-Language-Hearing Department and also serve as Coordinator of Assistive Technology. The Kanski and Griffith Family met over 20 years ago while playing basketball at the Hollidaysburg YMCA. Our families have been connected through our children, love of sports, and our North Carolina vacations. The Kanski family was instrumental in hosting our first annual dinner. Their son, Chris, initiated our GFF website and currently is assisting with our marketing needs. The Kanski family has been very active in the Griffith Family Foundation and believe that one day God will get us to a cure for pancreatic cancer.

Rosalind Sky, Board Member

Retired school teacher and reading specialist, who has dedicated her life to her community as a volunteer and philanthropist for numerous organizations.

Dr. Lance DeFrancisco, Board Member

M.D., Blair Gastro Gastroenterology Associates
B.S.: Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA. M.D.: Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA. Internship: Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. Residency: Montefiore Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA. Fellowship: University of California, Irvine, CA. Board Certified in Gastroenterology. The Griffith Family met the DeFrancisco family through High School basketball through Hollidaysburg. Lance was very active throughout Greg’s journey with pancreatic cancer and was able to help us at many challenges times during the illness. He has remained an integral part of our Griffith Foundation.

Stephen C. Gildea, MBA, FACHE, Board Member

Former CEO, Tyrone Hospital
Executive Director of Blair Gastro and Associates
MBA St. Francis University, B.S. Mgt St. Francis University, Electrical Engineering from Penn State University. Fellow on the American College of Executives (FACHE), CEO of Tyrone Hospital. Greg and Steve played high school basketball together at Hollidaysburg Area Senior High School. Our paths connected when we bought our homes in the same neighborhood. We raised our children together and the Gildea family has been active in the war on pancreatic cancer. When Greg was newly diagnosed, Steve made chemo warrior bracelets for everyone to wear as Greg battled this dreaded disease.

JT Tidd, Board Member

Investment Planner, Edward Jones Investments
B.S. University of Virginia, 1977. MBA, College of William & Mary, 1983. VP Comcast Corporation, 2002. Edward Jones, currently employed as a Financial Planner. The Tidd’s and the Griffith’s paths connected when the Tidd family moved to Hollidaysburg when their son was a sophomore in High School. Their son, Stephen, played on the Hollidaysburg High School basketball team with our sons, Jordan and Jamie. JT has been involved with the Griffith Foundation since its inception.

Jordan Griffith, Board Member

Jordan is a graduate of Penn State University, a Teacher at Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic High School, and Assistant Varsity Coach for the Altoona Area School District’s Lady Lions. Jordan is the oldest son of Greg and Cathy and has collaborated with students, parents, and faculty to initiate the Sideline Cancer campaign. Sideline Cancer is a GFF signature fundraising event which takes place in schools and universities. Jordan is an active participate in this campaign.

Jack E. Collins, Board Member

COO, Link Computer Corporation
BS, Accounting Mgr, Bucknell University, MBA, Carnegie Mellon. Certified Public Accountant, Certified Management Accountant, Board Member, Hollidaysburg Rotary. Board Member of Blair County Chamber of Commerce. 24 years at Link Computer Corporation. 5 years at Legent. 2 years at Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. The Collins family connection began nearly 30 years ago when Greg and I were in high school. Jack was dating his future wife, Andrea and Greg was dating his future wife, Cathy. Upon hearing the news of Greg’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis, the Collins family immediately jumped in on the fight.

Nancy Fulchiero, Board Member

Studied at Hahnemann University. Widow of Dr. Gregory Fulchiero Sr. who lost his heroic battle to Pancreatic Cancer. Dr. Fulchiero was the very first person to reach out to Greg Griffith upon his diagnosis. Nancy and her family have lost seven family members to Pancreatic Cancer. The Fulchiero family are advocates for change in the Pancreatic Cancer community and work tirelessly to raise awareness and for the urgency of an early detection test of Pancreatic Cancer.

Shawn McCarl, Board Member

Executive consultant and member of Burke and Company, LLC dba S.P. McCarl and Company, Inc.

Dennis Degol, Jr., Board Member

Sales Representative for the Degol Organization.

Caitlyn Edgell, Board Member

Caitlyn is in her third year of law school at Penn State Law. She graduated as a Schreyer Honors Scholar from Penn State University in 2018 with degrees in Political Science, History, and English. Caitlyn has worked with the Griffith Family Foundation since 2014 and served as the Foundation’s first intern. Caitlyn is co-founder and current Vice President of Sideline Cancer at Penn State.

Thank you to our sponsors for their continued support of our Sideline Pancreatic Cancer Initiative!

The name Sideline Cancer® has been trademarked through the Griffith Family Foundation. Sideline Cancer® events can be hosted by any school, office, or company, with all proceeds going to the Griffith Family Foundation and pancreatic research.

Visit our Sideline Cancer page to learn more about this initiative. If you are interested in hosting a Sideline Cancer® campaign, please contact us.

Together WE CAN #SidelineCancer®

August 6, 2018

PA Business Central Article

Cathy Griffith and the Griffith Family Foundation were featured in an exceptional article written by Anath Hartmann in Pennsylvania Business Central.