On October 19, 2004, William G. “Bill” Pomeroy was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia. Working with a wonderful team of doctors at both Crouse Hospital in Syracuse, NY and Dana Farber in Boston, MA, Bill received a stem cell transplant on May 26, 2005. Three years later, he had the privilege of meeting his donor, a 28 year-old gentleman from Texas. Bill developed a close friendship with his donor. In May 2011, Bill was invited as a guest of honor at his donor’s wedding.
After his diagnosis, Bill established The William G. Pomeroy Foundation, a private foundation that focuses on two of Bill’s greatest passions.
Supporting Bone Marrow Donations through the Gift of Life
The first is to fund programs specifically related to blood cancers. During his experience with Leukemia, Bill learned that there is an urgent need to diversify the Be The Match Marrow Registry. Therefore, his foundation works closely with the National Marrow Donor Program to conduct bone marrow drives in diverse communities. Since 2008, the William G. Pomeroy Foundation has helped organize hundreds of bone marrow drives and registered over 22,000 people. These drives have already produced 62 bone marrow matches.
Preserving Our History through the Historic Roadside Marker Program
Bill’s second passion is historic research, preservation and historic tourism. The William G. Pomeroy Foundation launched the Historic Roadside Marker Grant Program in 2006 to erect markers at historically important locations in towns and villages within Onondaga County, New York. In 2010, the program was expanded to also include the New York counties of Cayuga, Cortland, Madison, and Oswego as eligible grant recipients. The program then added Erie and Genesee County in 2011. In April 2012, The William G. Pomeroy Foundation expanded the program to include all municipalities and 501(c)(3) organizations as eligible grant recipients. The participation and enthusiasm for the Historic Roadside Marker Program has enabled The William G. Pomeroy Foundation to play a vital role in helping communities preserve their local history. Since the programs inception, The William G. Pomeroy Foundation has funded over 540 historic markers in 51 counties within New York State.