Mothers And Daughters Against Cancer

Mothers And Daughters Against Cancer is a Donor Advised Fund  at the Community Foundation for Northeast Georgia. Our mission is to help mothers and daughters make a difference in the fight against cancer on a local level throughout Gwinnett County and greater Atlanta. With your help we can make a difference. Our website furthers our mission by providing ways for you to learn more and get involved. Thanks for visiting. Your support is appreciated.

  • Watch a video of the Purple Glove Dance by MADAC at the world's largest Relay for Life event - Gwinnett County, Georgia May 7th, 2010

  • Mothers And Daughters Against Cancer was founded by local resident Susan Highsmith Graveline and her then eight year old daughter, Alex.

  • Distributions from the MADAC Fund will be made annually to help support local causes and projects that align with MADAC‘s mission.

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News & Announcements

  • MADAC Gives Back Through Axiom's Generosity

    Through the third annual Axiom ( golf tournament and generous donations, MADAC announced it will be funding the following for 2016, continuing to make a positive difference in the lives of others! Thank you Axiom and donors!
    - Gwinnett Hospital System Foundation (two infusion recliners)
    - CURE Childhood Cancer (counseling sessions)
    - American Cancer Society (Client Navigator Program)
    - ACS Relay for Life

  • She had already heard those devastating words once. But in 1998, just seven years later, Susan Highsmith Graveline heard them again - "You have cancer".

    Three weeks earlier Susan had founded Mothers and Daughters Against Cancer out of a desire to teach her then 8-year-old daughter Alex how to be active and positive in the fight against cancer. She now had to walk that road again but this time with the support of 15 other mother/daughter pairs -the charter members of MADAC.

    Since then, under the guidance of Susan, MADAC has raised more than $1 million for cancer-related issues and impacted numerous mother/daughter pairs.

    "We've supported Relay for Life since the very beginning, since that's where we got our start. In fact, MADAC created the purple glove dance that now starts all the relays," Susan said. "We've also supported the American Cancer Society, the patient resource navigator at Gwinnett Medical and other organizations such as the Thomas F. Chapman Family Cancer Wellness program at Piedmont. We've provided college scholarships for cancer survivors as well."

    Three years ago, MADAC became a Community Foundation fundholder in hopes of growing their giving capacity even more.

    "We needed to find a more effective way to let people know about MADAC and also be able to grant requests. We felt that the Community Foundation would best serve those goals so we opened a fund here," Susan said. "Our goal is to grow the fund so we can provide even more grants for cancer-related issues."

    "We want make a difference in the fight against cancer on a local level throughout Gwinnett County and the surrounding area."

    To donate to MADAC's fund, contact the Community Foundation. For those seeking a grant for cancer-related issues, go to to download the grant application and guidelines.

  • 3rd Annual Axiom Golf Charity Golf Tournament

    The 3rd Annual Axiom Corporation Golf Tournament is just a few weeks away. Thanks to all of our sponsors, donors, and registered golfers so far.

    We still need more golfers and sponsors!

    Or, if you aren't a golfer but just want to help the great cause Mothers and Daughters Against Cancer (MADAC), you can make a monetary donation toward the tournament on the registration web page.

    Thanks for helping Axiom raise a lot of money to support individuals and their loved ones fighting all types of cancer.

    Axiom Corporation's 3rd Annual Charity Golf Tournament will be held May 26, 2016 at Heritage Links in Tucker, GA. We'll be looking for golfers, sponsors, donors, and more. The tournament will again support Mothers and Daughters Against Cancer (MADAC), a fabulous Atlanta-based organization which provides support to people of all ages fighting a variety of types of cancer.
    Thanks to Dantanna's Restaurant and Docqmax for already committing to supporting this fundraiser with lunch and signage!

  • Relay for Life-May 13-14, 2016

    Join us for the Purple Glove Dance on Center Stage on Friday, May 13! Relay For Life of Gwinnett is the largest fundraising event in the world for the American Cancer Society raising in excess of $1.83 million in 2015. Please join us and take action against a disease that has taken too much!

  • MADAC was honored to be the fundraising recipient of The Buckhead Club's NOW (Network of Women) luncheon! Making a positive difference in the lives of others for breast cancer awareness month.