The Mike Geltrude Foundation
Mike Geltrude Foundation, Inc. was established about a month before Mike's passing for the purpose of raising funds for melanoma awareness and research. The genesis of the foundation was Mike's friends feeling it would be appropriate to support him in the same way he had done for so many over the years. Knowing that Mike would not want to be honored, the idea of having a dinner to raise money and awareness became the focus. Mike was pleased by the prospects of hosting a fundraising dinner that would help prevent people from getting melanoma and find a cure for those who already had it. However, he emphasized repeatedly that he would not be supportive of an event that focused on him instead of helping others. Unfortunately, Mike passed before he was able to see the overwhelming response to the foundation that bears his name.