As a memorial tribute to an extraordinary woman, Krav Maga Worldwide and STOP CANCER have created The Marni Fund, with a shared mission dedicated to developing improved treatments, new diagnostic procedures and the ultimate goal – a cure.
Created in memory of Marni Levine (1969–2006), The Marni Fund is currently supporting innovative Breast Cancer researchers at UCLA, USC and City of Hope NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers.
The Marni Fund was established in 2006 to support young, innovative breast cancer researchers who are identified by the STOP CANCER Research Awards Committee as showing the greatest potential for making major advances in the treatment or early diagnosis of cancer.
Marni Levine, a 4th degree black belt in Krav Maga was the highest-ranking female instructor in the world. She was a wife, a wonderful mother, a valiant and true friend, and in addition to all that she was devoted to Krav Maga and worked tirelessly to make it grow. Krav Maga teaches civilians, soldiers and police officers the tactics system developed by the Israeli military. Marni, one of the founders of this multi-national organization, passed away on August 31, 2006, after a long and courageous fight against cancer.
Since 1992, STOP CANCER has provided support for over 126 researchers and has raised over $46 million since the organization was founded in 1988.
STOP CANCER is proud that 100% of all donations go to cancer research, including The Marni Fund. Because of STOP CANCER’s arrangement with the Comprehensive Cancer Centers, each dollar raised for The Marni Fund will be matched with in-kind support thereby doubling its impact.
The Marni Fund is supported by funds raised through Krav Maga Worldwide's annual Fight For The Cure seminars and events, and through donations directly to STOP CANCER in Memory of Marni Levine.