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To improve the health of the Huntsville area through the support of bold, innovative cancer research, cancer education, and patient assistance.

Russel Hill Cancer Foundation

Who is Russel Hill?
In 1816, Lieutenant Colonel Albert Russel, a Revolutionary War veteran moved his family to Huntsville, Alabama. Russel’s family resided on a 900 acre plantation west of Huntsville and named it “Russel Hill.” Today, Russel Hill is the geographic location of the Clearview Cancer Institute and Russel Hill Cancer Foundation.
In May of 2006, a group of oncologists, local researchers and interested citizens met to discuss ways of assisting cancer patients, their families and the community. From this group meeting, the Russel Hill Cancer Foundation was formed. The Foundation is committed to improving the health of the cancer patients by supporting bold, innovative cancer research, education and patient assistance. The Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.

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Our Focus

Supporting research, education and patient assistance

In 2009, Russel Hill Cancer Foundation and Clearview Cancer Institute (CCI) initiated a Phase 1 cancer research program. This program, housed in the CCI complex, was also funded by the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alpha Foundation.

What is a Phase I clinical trial? It is the first step in an arduous process of drug development, from laboratory to first use in humans, with the ultimate goal of achieving FDA approval and universal availability. However, the timeline to FDA approval can be as long as seven years and for many patients this is too long to wait for a new cancer drug. With Russel Hill Cancer Foundation’s support, Clearview Cancer Institute is able to offer the area’s patients access to these drugs years before they are FDA approved.

This bold, innovative cancer research program provides patients in the area with access to the latest innovations in cancer care through early phase clinical trials, without the burden of traveling to distant locations. In addition, cancer patients from national and international locations have participated in early phase clinical trials at Clearview Cancer Institute.

The high standards and time commitment associated with proper execution of Phase I clinical trials thwart participation by many cancer centers. Historically, Phase I research facilities require philanthropic support. They are found at non-profit and academic hospitals in large cities, even though more than 80% of the cancer patients are treated in the community cancer clinic settings. This results in a de facto limitation of care options imposed by the constraints of travel, when family time is paramount for the cancer patient.

During the fiscal year of 2012, the Russel Hill Cancer Foundation supported the Clinical Trial Program at Clearview Cancer Institute in its primary mission: providing novel therapeutics for patients in the area that would otherwise not be available to them. During this period, the Clinical Trial Facility at CCI enrolled 68 patients in 17 different trials utilizing new agents not yet approved by the FDA. Many of the patients remain on treatment in ongoing remission.


“With Russel Hill’s research support, Clearview Cancer Institute is able to offer area patients access to new drugs years before they are FDA approved.”

— Dr. Marshall T. Schreeder

As we look to the future, novel cancer treatments are increasingly targeted to the individual’s malignancy. Therefore, novel treatments are often more effective and less toxic than existing treatments available to the patient with recurrent cancer. Without this Phase 1 program, our families and loved ones with cancer would simply not be afforded the most innovative treatments available.

The Russel Hill Cancer Foundation is committed to supporting educational opportunities available to area citizens and the medical community. Since the beginning, the Foundation has provided support for:

  • Colon Cancer Update Seminar
  • Touch, Caring, and Cancer Class
  • Oncology Nurses of North Alabama Seminar
  • Scholarships to National Oncology Conferences
  • Survivorship Program
  • North Alabama Translational Medicine Series
  • Quarterly Oncology Products Exhibit Fairs
  • Patient Education Area at CCI in Huntsville/Decatur

education-decatur-patientIn 2011, the Russel Hill Cancer Foundation was awarded a grant from the Alpha Foundation, Inc. These funds are being used to support cancer research and patient assistance. Also in 2011, the Foundation was awarded a grant from the North Central Alabama Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. These funds were used to support a Women’s Breast Cancer Education Program for the rural areas of Jackson, Limestone, Madison, and Morgan counties. The program instructed women about breast health, risk factors for breast cancer, the family factor of breast cancer, and self breast exam.

“I like the dream of the future better than the history of the past.”

— Thomas Jefferson

The Russel Hill Cancer Foundation provides assistance to eligible cancer patients on a regular basis. Over the past year, the Foundation provided transportation assistance, medication assistance, massage therapy socks and flu shots to approximately 350 cancer patients.

The Russel Hill Cancer Foundation also provided ancillary supplies for research patients that are important for proper execution of research trials and for patient comfort including:

  • Ambulatory infusion pumps allow patients to continue with normal daily activities during treatment.
  • A mobile temperature monitoring device insures investigational product integrity.
  • Home thermometers for research patients monitor for fever, as an early sign of infection.
  • Heating pads warm the patients’ infusion sites for comfort.
  • A blanket warmer was also funded by the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at UAH.

Quite often cancer patients have lost weight, their blood counts may be low and they may be anemic. Thus, some cancer patients tend to be very cold. A warm blanket provides much needed warmth and comfort, while allowing patients to focus on getting well. In conjunction with local donors, the Foundation has been able to purchase four blanket warmers and they have been placed at all CCI locations.

In conjunction with family members and organizations such as the GFWC du Midi Woman’s Club, the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at UAHuntsville, and the Fraternal Order of Eagles, the Foundation has been able to purchase six beautiful outdoor stone benches. These benches have been engraved and placed in front of Clearview Cancer Institute in Huntsville in memory of or in honor of cancer patients. These benches are used on a daily basis by patients who are being dropped off and picked up at the front doors of the cancer institute. The benches are a lasting reminder of those we serve.


“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.”

— Winston Churchill

I would like to send a big Thank You, from me and my husband, Phillip Wayne Haynes. Because of The Russell Hill program, our trips to Clearview were made easier. We didn’t know what to do and how to go about it. Thanks for the sweet ladies that ask if they could help. I had no ideas help was possible. Money for gas was a big blessing. It is so nice to have that taken care of.

-Johnelle Haynes

The Global Network of Environmental Science and Technology has been initiated as a response to the growing interest of the International community attending the conferences on Environmental Science and Technology, organised on a biennial basis by the University of the Aegean.

Our Board of Trustees plays a critical role in formulating foundation goals and programs. These community volunteers provide a key link to our local businesses, governmental groups, and the medical and research communities. They bring a wealth of experience in relevant fields such as biotechnology, research, healthcare, accounting, law, drug development, education and some of them have the personal experience of being cancer survivors.

Mr. Andrew Watson, Board PresidentDr. Austin BourgeoisMr. Brian Pollock
Mr. David JohnstonDr. Fay RainesDr. John Gleason, Jr.
Dr. Marshall T. SchreederMrs. Nancy SalmonMr. Robbie Farquhar
Mr. Stratton OrrMr. Will Taylor 

The Russel Hill Cancer Foundation has many friends and supporters in the area. We want to thank each and every person or group who helps us fulfill our mission on a regular basis to serve cancer patients. The Foundation has had the privilege of being the recipient of support from the following organizations and businesses. These organizations and businesses have contributed financially, held fundraisers, provided volunteers, and/or contributed in kind services to us.

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Alliance Cancer Care
Alpha Foundation, Inc.
Alpha Tau Omega
AMAG Pharmaceuticals
Mr. and Mrs. Randall Backmeyer
Bill Penny Toyota
Mr. and Mrs. David Block
Boehringer Ingelhein Pharmaceuticals
The Boeing Company
Mr. Mike Bonaker
Bristol Myers Squibb
Dr. and Mrs. William Brix
Mr. and Mrs. Ed Buckbee
Mr. and Mrs. Chris Byrom
C&A Printing
Mr. and Mrs. Steve Cash
Mr. Jason Chung
Mr. and Mrs. Wes Clayton
Clearview Cancer Institute
Clovis Oncology
Conversant Bio
Daiichi Sankyo, Inc
Dr. Michael Dohrenwend
Dunagan Yates and Alison
Exelixis, Inc
Mr. and Mrs. Robbie Farquhar
Fiancial Strategies Group
Fraternal Order of Eagles
Fountain, Parker, Harbarger & Associates Insurance
GFWC du Midi Woman’s Club
Dr. and Mrs. John Gleason
Gilead Sciences
Grille 29
Hank’s Ride
The Heart Center
The Heart of the Valley YMCA
Helsinn Therapeutics
Heron Therapeutics
HighTower Twickenham
Home Instead Senior Care
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
Huntsville Cardiothoracic Surgeons-Dr. Evan Cohen
Huntsville Fire Local 1833 “Pink Fire Truck”
Huntsville Hospital
Incyte Corporation
Insys Pharma, Inc
Intrepid, LLC
Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals
Janssen Biotech, Inc
Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Inc
Jerry Damson Honda Acura
Mr. and Mrs. David Johnston
Ms. Jill Stewart
Mr. and Mrs. Jim Hudson
LTG James and Judith Link
Keel Pointe
Kendra Scott
Mr. and Mrs. Pat Kilgo
Mr. and Mrs. Dave King
Kord Technologies
Laughlin Funeral Home
The Lung Center-Dr. Jason Smith
Madison Hospital
Ms. Patricia Manning
Mr. and Mrs. Louis Martin
Dr. and Mrs. Brian Mathews
Mary’s Wine & Spirits
Dr. and Mrs. Jim McCarty
Dr. and Mrs. Philip McGee
Mr. Everett Mosley
Neogenomics Laboratory
Mr. Rufus Passwater
Peggie Hulebak Rowell, P.C.
Pathology Associates
Perceptics Foundation
Mr. Christopher Pewitt
Propst Foundation
Mr. and Mrs. Trey Propst
The Rack Pack
Radiology of Huntsville
Raymond James
Redstone Federal Credit Union
Mrs. Paula Renfroe
Ms. Emily Robertson
Sandra J. Bryant Bosom Buddies
Servis1st Bank
Dr. and Mrs. Marshall Schreeder
Dr. and Mrs. Marshall Schreeder Jr.
Seattle Generics
Dr. Heather Shah
Sparkman High School
Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc
Spencer Oil Company
Mr. and Mrs. Mike Stanfield
Willena Steele
Mr. William Stender
Takeda Pharmaceuicals
Teva Pharmaceuticals
Torch Technologies
Valley Title & Closing Services-Wendy Worley
Mr. and Mrs. Andy Watson
Mr. and Mrs. Sidney White
White Linen and Wine Committee
Dr. and Mrs. Michael Yates

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