Our mission is to build community and support for the AYA cancer community through wellness, storytelling, education, and research.
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 – President – Caregiver – PhD. in Special Education
Steven Giallourakis – President-Elect – Survivor
Polly Furey – Vice President – Loving Family Member – Agency Leader and Stylist at Doncaster
Joey Terry – Secretary – Loving Family Member – Graphic Designer at Cleveland Clinic
Harry Giallourakis – Treasurer – Caregiver – Retired, Senior VP at Bellwether Enterprise
Jennifer Anand – Survivor – Consultant Engineer II at FM Global
Jay Carter – Survivor
Kristina (Rus) Cullis – Caregiver – Business Technology Leader for Anti-Money Laundering at KeyBank
Dan Dean – Survivor – Founder at Cancer Dudes
Becky Giallourakis – Loving Family Member
Whitney Hadley – Survivor – MA., LMSW., Adolescent Young Adult Oncology Support Specialist at UH Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital
Nick Hudson – Bone Marrow Donor – Executive Director at Entertainment 2 Affect Change (E2AC)
Debbie Lewis – Caregiver – Executive Consultant at Raising Results LLC
Andrew Mitro – Caregiver – Managing Director at StepStone Group
Stefanie Thomas, MD – Pediatric Oncologist at Cleveland Clinic Children’s
Nick Giallourakis – Caregiver – Executive Director
Rachel Mihalko – Survivor – Program Manager, Content and Community
Medical Advisory Committee
Jeffrey Auletta, MD
Stefanie Thomas, MD
Patient Advisory Committee