Our Mission

The mission of the Catherine J. Malatesta Foundation is to save the lives of cancer patients, with an emphasis on children, and to inspire hope and lend support to the families and patients caring for, living with and surviving cancer.  This will be accomplished by funding scientific research, raising awareness through fundraising events and providing grants to organizations dedicated to early detection, finding a cure, and optimizing the patient care and family experience during and after their cancer journey.

Our primary fundraiser is the a CATpella Festival to Belt Out Cancer, an a cappella concert, held every January in Arlington.  To date we have donated $60,000 to the Sarcoma Foundation of America and $15,000 to the Catherine J. Malatesta Scholarship Fund.  To buy tickets to a CATpella 2019 on January 25, 2019, click here.
$20 Tickets
To Donate

Please make checks payable to: 

The Catherine J. Malatesta Foundation
64 Winchester Road
Arlington, MA  02474

The Catherine J. Malatesta Foundation is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization.   Tax ID is:83-6366124

In May 2018 the Sarcoma Foundation of America awarded Marc Ladanyi, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the Catherine Malatesta Memorial Research Award for his groundbreaking work on Ewings sarcoma.  This research grant was made possible by our sponsors, donors and attendees of the 2017 and 2018 a CATpella Festivals to Belt Out Cancer. 

We are delivering on our mission to bring hope to cancer patients and their families.

Minuteman High School Partnership
For the third year we have partnered with the junior students in Minuteman High School's Design and Visual Communications class to design and create the program, tickets, promotional postcards and signage for a CATpella!  We are so grateful for their exceptional work.   Read about this fabulous partnership here!


Donation Stories

Neighborhood Bake Sale
There are three amazing girls in our neighborhood who are constantly doing incredible acts of remembering Catherine.  Whether wearing the Malatesta t-shirt, annually attending Cat's anniversary Mass at St. Agnes or hosting a bake sale, Bridget Lee, 
Delia Terry and Maureen Terry are incredible stewards of Catherine's memory.  On a warm evening early this Fall, the three girls held a bake sale and raised $100.00 which would turn into the very first donation to the Catherine J. Malatesta Foundation.  These girls are thoughtful and generous and always thinking of Catherine and our family.  This means the world to us.
 Lucky #16
In October our friends were celebrating a birthday at the new MGM Springfield casino.  They drove to the casino directly from a hockey game where our sons were both playing.  Before they left the rink the couple playfully asked Jen what number they should play at roulette.  Jen looked at them, raised an eyebrow and said, "Really?".  They laughed and said, "Okay.  Got it.  #16."  Later that evening Jen received a phone call.  She couldn't hear anything on the other end of the line because there was so much screaming.  Our friends had placed ONE bet at the roulette table, on #16.  It hit for $1,600!!!  Catherine was definitely with them that evening so much so that our friends couldn't even fathom the $1600 going anywhere other than to the Catherine J. Malatesta Foundation.  Thus, our second donation. Fantastic story.  Amazing friends.
In Memory of Barbara V. Goodwin
Catherine's grandmother, Barbara Goodwin, was diagnosed with a glioblastoma (brain cancer) in January 2018.  She was 69.  Barbara faced a horrific diagnosis with courage, grace and gratitude.  Months before she died Barbara asked that upon her death, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Catherine J. Malatesta Foundation.  Fittingly, and we are certain with Catherine's divine orchestration, Barbara died on Catherine's birthday, November 24, 2018.  We are thankful and appreciative for all of the donations.