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The Garrett B. Smith Foundation was established in memory of our 4-year-old son who passed away on January 30, 1995 after a brief struggle with cancer.

The foundation has a two-fold goal.  On the lighter side, the foundation attracted the Big Apple Circus Clown Caresm to Yale-New Haven Children's Hospital over 17 years ago and provides the complete funding for it. It remains our foundation’s single largest annual financial commitment.

In the scientific arena, we support research fellowships at leading hospitals around the country as well as the child life department at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital where Garrett was treated. Over the past years, the foundation has funded 11 fellowships at 6 different hospitals. The fellowships cover the cost of a young scientist
working in an established cancer research setting for two years. By renewing our fellowships at these institutions over the years, we hope that each Garrett fellow can leverage the work of their predecessors. Our long-term goal is to cultivate a network of top physicians that will remain committed to fighting cancer for their entire careers.


The Garrett B. Smith Foundation has provided funding for the following projects:
  • 1997 - 2014 The Clown Caresm of the Big Apple Circus Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital  

  • The Garrett B. Smith Research Fellowships at leading Children's Hospitals & Research Laboratories nationwide:

    • Children’s Hospital, Boston
    • Children’s Hospital, Michigan
    • NYU Medical Center – Hassenfeld Children’s Center
    • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
    • Weill Cornell Medical College
    • University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

  • Computers, software, televisions, videogame consoles, videogames for the Child Life Department at Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital

  • Website Project for the Vascular Anomalies Center at Children’s Hospital, Boston

Garrett B. Smith Foundation is a 509 (a) (1) public charity, Tax I.D. 06-6411358