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From the Desk of Helen Friedman

Dear Friends, 


I’m going to keep this appeal as brief as possible. It’s been 14 years since Ed died in July 2008.  

Since that horrible summer, The Edward J. Friedman Foundation has been a real source of comfort and pride for me. The patient assistance fund in Ed’s name at the Alvin & Lois Lapidus Cancer Institute at Sinai Hospital has been especially close to my heart. 


As I’m sure you know by now, the fund is a safety net of last resort for the most vulnerable in our community going through cancer treatments. There is no costly bureaucracy as we rely on the nurses and social workers to identify those who need assistance. Be it transportation, wigs, or utilities, we have helped hundreds of patients since the fund was established.


The Foundation has been able to meet the needs of cancer patients because of the support of everyone who knew and loved Ed. Your generosity, in his memory, has given Ed a lasting legacy at both Sinai Hospital and the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.


Please help us maintain the vital work the Foundation does and help keep Ed’s memory alive by making a donation. You can easily do so online at and click on Donate or complete the form below.


Thank you so much for your generous support.




Our first 10 years

It was Helen’s idea to hold a golf tournament as a way for Ed’s many friends and associates to channel their grief and have something positive result from his death. When discussions first started, the initial goal was to try and raise $5000 to establish a transportation fund to help patients coming to Sinai Hospital for cancer treatment. It quickly became clear that Ed’s friends and family were both generous and committed, and the first Ed Friedman Golf Classic in 2009 raised over $50,000.  To date, we have raised over $500,000.


After 10 successful years
of golf tournaments,
we decided to go out on a high note.

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