About the Jimmy Fund
The Jimmy Fund solely supports Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. Since its founding in 1948, the Jimmy Fund has raised millions of dollars through thousands of community fundraising events.
The story of the Jimmy Fund is one of grassroots involvement — of thousands of people organizing bake sales, lemonade stands, runs, walks, golf tournaments, dances, and softball games to raise money for cancer research and care.
The Jimmy Fund now benefits from hundreds of events across the country, including these signature events:
- B.A.A. Half Marathon®
- Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge
- Palm Beach Discovery Celebration
- Falmouth Road Race
- John Hancock Fenway Fantasy Day
- Jimmy Fund Golf tournaments
- Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl®
- Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk
- Pan-Mass Challenge
- Rally for the Jimmy Fund
- Run for Dana-Farber
- Theatre Collections
- WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon
- and more
The Jimmy Fund is an official charity of the Boston Red Sox, Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, Pan-Mass Challenge, and Variety Children's Charity of New England.
In 1948, The Jimmy Fund was launched with the help of the Variety Club of New England. The club organized a radio broadcast from the bedside of a young cancer patient as he was visited by members of the Boston Braves baseball team.
Jimmy's story began in 1948 when Dr. Sidney Farber's 12-year-old patient, Einar Gustafson — the original "Jimmy" — was an inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people.
The Jimmy Fund/Variety Children's Charity Theatre Collections celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2009 with the short film, Stronger than Ever. The trailer chronicles the journey of Dan Pardi, a pediatric cancer survivor, as he returns to Dana-Farber 14 years after being treated for leukemia. The film is one of many inspiring videos in our archive.