James’s father, Thomas Blake Sr., lost his battle with gastric cancer in 2004. Since 2008, the James Blake Foundation has supported the efforts of the Thomas Blake Sr. Memorial Research Fund, which was launched in memory of James’s father and is dedicated to the early detection of cancers commonly discovered in later stages.  
In 2013, the Foundation surpassed the $1 million dollar mark in total funds raised for the fight against cancer.

2019 TCS NYC Marathon

On November 3rd, 2019, the James Blake Foundation will be an official partner of the TCS New York City Marathon and field a team of 25 runners to benefit early detection cancer research for the Thomas Blake Sr. Research Fund at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. All runners will be receiving:

  • Guaranteed entry into the race
  • VIP Bus to the starting line
  • Weekly training and fundraising guides
  • Team uniforms
  • Team pasta dinner the night before the race

Join the Team!

Contact Heather Tomkowicz at or 212-233-1670 for more details!

past foundation events

Anthem Live

Starting in 2005, James hosted a series es of exhibitions in Virginia, partnering with Anthem. Guests included Andre Agassi, Serena Williams, the Bryans and John Mayer. 

Serving for a Cure

Anthem Live evolved into Serving for a Cure. Guests included Andy  Roddick, John Isner and Boris Kodjoe.  

Strongly supported by a  diverse group of A-list athletes, celebrities, and members of  the business community, the event has attracted distinguished spectators  like Anna Wintour, John Mayer, Starr Jones, John McEnroe, and Brooklyn  Decker. 

Playing for a Cure

On September  10, 2013, the JBF shuffled up and dealt a world class poker tournament  at the exclusive SoHo House in New York City. Paul Pierce, Serena  Williams, Sam Querrey, Irv Gotti, Alicia Quarles (E! News), Diem Brown  (MTV &, among other celebrities joined distinguished  members of the business world to raise funds for the Foundation.