You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers, at least to some common questions.

Who the heck is Marti Leider?
Her mother would only address her as Margaret, but everyone else knew her as Marti. A hard-working woman who pretended to enjoy every little league game as much as her favorite Twilight Zone episode, she was a mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend.

If you really want to know about Marti, we’ve got you covered with a few stories. But because she would never want a foundation in her honor, we should discuss how we arrived here.

In 2006, Marti was diagnosed with stage-four colon cancer, which eventually led to complications in just about every damn corner of that little woman. After countless surgeries, procedures, treatments and chardonnay diets, Marti passed away on Sept. 23, 2014, in the company of her family, friends… and newly befriended healthcare professionals.

What the heck is the MLF?
A woman of a million hobbies, besides cooking, Marti never let an idle moment pass. The four remaining members of her family—husband, Steve, and children, Megan, Brian and Nick—have established the Marti Leider Foundation to award scholarships to those affected by colon cancer, donate to cancer research and provide donations to hospice care providers.

This website will provide information about upcoming MLF events, as well as information and resources for those who’ve had or dealt with colon cancer—aka the worst cocktail party guest ever.

What services does the MLF provide?
The foundation's goal is to raise money by producing events and entertainment. Financial support will be delivered directly to those who are in need, with primary beneficiaries including:

  • High school students with direct family members afflicted by colon cancer.
  • Hospice centers that ensure end-of-life care is proper, dignified and comforting. 

Who runs this darned thing?
Megan Leider, never not the oldest sibling, operates as the foundation’s president, with perennial whipping boy, Nick, as its secretary. In reality, though, this foundation is a cooperative effort that’s a result of her family and countless friends. (OK, we can include her enemies too, because we don’t mind being fueled by spite.)

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