About Us

The Robert E. Reed Gastrointestinal Oncology Research Foundation (The Reed Foundation) was formed in 2002 while Robert Reed was battling pancreatic cancer. Mr. Reed felt strongly that creating a focus on GI cancer research and patient care would accelerate discovery of a cure.

Since its inception, the Foundation has significantly raised awareness and understanding about all gastrointestinal cancers. The first fundraising event, “Finish the Fight” Iron Bowl Party, was held in November of 2004.  This event serve the purpose of raising financial support to fund research and patient care at The University of Alabama at Birmingham under the direction of Dr. Martin J. Heslin and his team of research physicians.

We invite you to become involved with the Reed Foundation and help us "Finish the Fight". Hundreds of people have joined our cause by helping us raise money, volunteer and support our fundraising efforts. (Please check out, HOW YOU CAN HELP). We personally invite you to become involved.

We encourage you to explore our web site and learn more about the Reed Foundation and the great strides being made by our GI physicians and researchers at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. The foundation site includes information about funded grants, a state-of-the-art multidisciplinary clinic, clinical trials, and world-class scientific research and cancer care. The Reed Foundation is a non-profit organization under IRS tax code 501 (c)(3). As such, the Reed Foundation does not pay Facilities and Administrative (F&A) fees with regard to grants awarded.