In the fall of 2017, the Mike Slive Foundation for Prostate Cancer Research was launched with Ed Meyerson and Mike Slive as the co-founders. Their vision was to quickly become a national organization and to find a cure for prostate cancer.
With a handpicked Board of Directors, the organization grew quickly. The untimely passing of co-founder Mike Slive in May of 2018 further spurred the Board to renew its commitment to honoring Mike’s legacy and Ed’s vision by continuing to expand the work of the Mike Slive Foundation.
By the summer of 2019, the Foundation had grown to the point that full-time staff was needed. Anna Slive Harwood, Mike Slive’s daughter who has a career of extensive experience in marketing, business strategy, and development, was appointed the first Executive Director of the Foundation. Emily Capilouto was hired as the Director of Education & Outreach, and Lindsey Renfro rounded out the team as Program Coordinator . The Board also expanded its mission to include creating programs to educate men and their families about the importance of early detection, while continuing to fund prostate cancer research.
Within six years, the Foundation has raised over $4 million and funded 27 prostate cancer research grants, and its Board has expanded beyond Alabama as the Foundation’s footprint continues to grow.