The Cure It On The Court Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity organization, was officially established in July 2010, although founder Zachary Bulwa and executive board members, Jason Krawetz and Shane Massel, have been raising money for pediatric cancer research since the summer of 2008. To date The Cure It On The Court Foundation has raised over $40,000. The Cure It On The Court Foundation continues to evolve and seeks to grow and change with society’s needs and interests, all the while continuing to promote and support medical research through community sponsored sporting events.
During the summer of 2008, Zachary was working at The University of Chicago in Dr. Eric Beyer’s Hematology and Oncology Laboratory. During this time Zachary shadowed the world-renowned pediatric oncologist Dr. James Nachman. Zachary was privileged to witness the full cycle of how donations directly affect research and medicine. Zachary was quoted as saying, “From the scientists I worked with in the laboratory to the doctors I shadowed in the clinic, I was able to observe the value that donations have in supporting scientific research and furthermore, the impact that the research had on the patients in the clinic” While not in his lab coat, Zachary, along with Jason Krawetz and Shane Massel, were fixtures at daily pick-up basketball games amongst friends. Inspired by their combined passion for basketball along with Zachary’s professional interests, the three founders organized a community sponsored basketball tournament – The North Shore Summer Showdown – to benefit pediatric cancer research. Realizing the power of their initial efforts, the founders decided to expand from a single annual event to create a year round foundation. This gave way to The Cure It On The Court Foundation.
The University of Chicago Comer Children’s Hospital has received the majority of our generous donations over the last five years because of its highly regarded excellence. The Comer Children’s Hospital has been at the forefront of kids’ medicine for decades – treating children from the Chicago area, throughout the Midwest, and around the world that have the most complex medical problems. The cancer program at the University of Chicago Medical Center is consistently recognized for its comprehensive approach to cancer research, education, and care.