Who Are We?

Our Mission
Our mission is to help adolescent and young adult (AYA) patients, survivors and caregivers know they are not alone in facing cancer through community support, survivorship resources and research.

Our Goals
To support AYAs facing cancer through community building and survivorship support with Elephants and Tea and our wellness programs.

To fund research to cure cancer through the Harry and Angie Giallourakis AYA Cancer Research Fund.

Why We Do What We Do
Angie and Harry Giallourakis founded The Steven G. AYA Cancer Research Fund (now the Steven G. Cancer Foundation) 14 years ago in honor of their youngest son Steven who was diagnosed with cancer at the age of 15 years. Steven is the inspiration behind the SGCF mission.

Steven is now a four-time cancer survivor. He beat four different cancers: At age 15 (stage 4 osteosarcoma), at 18 years (secondary AML) and most recently at age 29 years (pleomorphic sarcoma and renal cell carcinoma).

As a family, the Giallourakis’ have witnessed the triumphs and tribulations Steven has gone through as a patient and survivor. The family is very aware that Steven’s health is but one example of the suffering that takes place when an adolescent or young adult is diagnosed with cancer.

SGCF believes cancer survivorship and quality of life go hand in hand. Our programs reflect that. We strive to support and create resources in the areas of wellness, social support, education and research.

The next stage in evolution for SGCF is Elephants and Tea, our nonprofit media company brand dedicated to the AYA cancer community. Elephants and Tea was created by Angie and Nick Giallourakis, one of Steven’s older brothers, who is now the Executive Director of the organization.

Board of Directors
Angie Giallourakis, PhD. – President
Steven Giallourakis – President-Elect
Polly Furey – Vice President
Joey Terry – Secretary
Harry Giallourakis – Treasurer
Kristina (Rus) Cullis
Dan Dean
Becky Giallourakis
Whitney Hadley, AYA Support Specialist
Nick Hudson
Andrew Mitro
Stefanie Thomas, MD

Medical Advisory Committee
Jeffrey Auletta, MD
Stefanie Thomas, MD

Patient Advisory Committee
Jennifer Anand
Farran Davis
Stephen Heaviside
Liz Hiles
Alexa Jett
Yolanda Murphy
Lisa Orr
Stephanie Scoletti
Keaton Williams