The Foundation’s Roots
The David Andrew “Pooh” Maddan Foundation was established in December of 2008 in honor of Dave Maddan whose life was cut much too short as a result of complications related to the treatment of osteosarcoma (cancer of the bone). David (better known by his nickname, Pooh) was a wonderful son, grandson, brother, uncle, fiancé, coach and friend. Among the many challenges he faced during his battle with cancer, was leukemia resulting from chemotherapy. Pooh died unexpectedly on October 25, 2008 at the age of 28 after a blood vessel, believed to have been weakened by all his treatments, burst in his chest. Dave dreamed that a cure for cancer would finally be discovered and, in the meantime, that better treatments for this insidious disease would become commonplace. David had become passionate about establishing a non-profit foundation to assist other cancer patients as soon as he completed his own treatments. His proposed foundation would have a two-fold purpose: to provide financial assistance to help young adult cancer patients, ages 18-35, receive the best therapy possible and to support research for targeted delivery cancer treatments, which would have fewer and less serious side effects than traditional chemotherapy.
The Dam-Cancer Foundation is dedicated to realizing Dave’s dream and to keeping his memory and legacy alive.
The Foundation’s Dedicated Board Members
Anna C. Maddan
Honorary Board Member Natalie Coughlin Hall