Rally Against CancerSM hits grand slam
Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia receives a warm smile from Essex Elementary school student Ollie Tolo.
More than 400 companies, 100 schools, and thousands of Boston Red Sox fans across New England collectively contributed more than $500,000 toward cancer care and research initiatives at Dana-Farber while taking part in the Jimmy Fund's third annual Rally Against Cancer.
Rally participants from companies and schools formed teams to compete to raise the most money and win a visit from Boston Red Sox second baseman and 2008 Rally spokes-player Dustin Pedroia. By contributing $5 or more, each team member earned the right to wear Sox apparel to their office or classroom on April 8 in honor of the Red Sox home opener against the Detroit Tigers.
Essex Elementary School in Essex, Mass., which raised $37,741, and John Hancock Long Term Care in Boston, Mass., which raised $19,060, were the winning teams and both enjoyed May 16 visits from Pedroia, who congratulated them for their efforts.
"I've been to Dana-Farber and seen firsthand how overwhelming and life-altering cancer can be for families and patients," said Pedroia. "Rally Against Cancer is an easy and fun way for everyone to help the Jimmy Fund, ultimately giving hope to the people who are fighting this awful disease."