In 1995, after successfully opening our architectural and engineering firm in Harrisburg, and starting our construction management firm, I realized how fortunate I was in my own life.
Therefore, with the strength of my family and friends, I put together a group of individuals who recognized there is nothing more liberating than to fight for a cause larger than yourself. The original group, which became The Foreman Foundation, includes Mike Arnold, David Degol, Al Emerick, Chuck Ertzberger, Cheryl Bruno Gamber and Joe Johns. The Foreman Foundation is a non-profit organization whose primary goal is to find a cure for melanoma in memory of John Bruno Jr. John Bruno was a friend to many of the original board members and a punter for The Penn State Nittany Lions from 1982-1986. Unfortunately, John lost his life to melanoma in 1991 at the age of 27.
Once the Foundation’s board members and mission was determined, we took the next step to create a laboratory for research on this insidious disease.
After some discussions and numerous meetings, we decided to partner with the world renowned Hershey Medical Center to create The Foreman Foundation Melanoma Research Laboratory. In 2000, the lab was created and we recruited Dr. Gavin Robertson to lead the lab’s quest to find a cure for melanoma.
Today, after 19 years, I’m proud to say that The Foreman Foundation has donated over one million dollars to The Foreman Foundation Melanoma Research Laboratory in memory of John Bruno, Jr. The laboratory has also grown to seven researchers under the leadership of Dr. Robertson and has made great strides in finding a cure for melanoma. I’m very proud to be part of something so important.
Chairman of The Foreman Foundation