When cancer claimed the life of Herbert J. Block in May 1981, the respect, love and determination of his wife, Maxine, five children and countless friends turned this personal tragedy into a triumph. They transformed their grief into a powerful force that 30 years later continues to energize and inspire individuals and corporations, here and across the country, to support cancer prevention, detection and treatment.
Herbert J. Block was an officer of Sun Television and Appliance, a vice president of the National Association of Television Merchandisers and a benevolent supporter of the Charity Newsies. In his memory, his family has made many significant contributions to the OSUCCC – James, including the organization of the Herbert J. Block Memorial Tournament. To date, the tournament has provided more than $4.5 million to the cancer program. In 2013, the tournament celebrated 30 years.
The family's determination and commitment became all the more poignant when the Block children lost their mother, Maxine, to cancer in 1998. Because of their unwavering commitment to create a cancer-free world, the Block family established the Herbert and Maxine Block Memorial Lectureship for Distinguished Achievement in Cancer with proceeds from the tournament.