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Tim Schaller came as advertised Sunday. In an uptempo Vancouver Canucks training-camp scrimmage, the free-agent acquisition forechecked aggressively, rubbed out the opposition along the boards and nearly scored on a wraparound attempt. It’s what you expect from a fourth-line left winger, who had a dozen goals with the Boston Bruins last season and was an integral part of the NHL’s third-ranked penalty kill with a team-high three short-handed goals. Yet, whether Schaller has a memorable or suspect outing, there is one constant for the 27-year-old Merrimach, N.H. native. It’s daily phone-call deliberations with his older brother Dave. The 29-year-old was diagnosed with testicular cancer at age 17 and two years later required a life-saving bone-marrow transplant from his younger sibling.
This summer, North Leominster's Brendan Bail raised more than $1,100 as one of the top fundraisers in the 2018 Jimmy Fund Little League season, which collectively raised more than $250,000 from throughout New England to support patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In honor of his fundraising success, Bail was given tickets to Sunday's major league baseball game at Fenway Park between the Boston Red Sox and New York Mets. Bail was scheduled to be honored during a pre-game ceremony at Fenway's Champions Club and recognized during the game on the center field Jumbotron.
There will a handful of Jamestowners among the 9,500 walkers who will traverse the historic Boston Marathon course to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. That contingency includes Just Wings, a team with residents Deken Schmidt, Joyce Hooley Bartlett, Mary Lovegreen, Steven Tiexiera and Eileen Tiexiera. The team will choose from four different routes along the Sept. 23 walk, which has raised more than $128 million in the last 30 years to benefit care and research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Eileen Tiexiera, a lifelong Jamestowner who is being treated at Dana-Farber for Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia, is a Walk Hero for the event. These heroes are matched with teams to give walkers a chance to connect with patients.
William Holbrook is just learning to walk. The 18-month-old waddles around in Copley Square Park, taking a few steps at a time before tumbling down. His mother, Stephanie, darts around to keep him from waddling off too far, picking him up each time he stumbles. "You have your peers who are talking about when they're going to reach their developmental milestones like walking, and for us we didn't know if we were going to reach those," Stephanie Holbrook, of Beverly, says at a Jimmy Fund event in Boston Thursday morning. "So seeing him walk and cause chaos around here, is for us, it's just, it's great," she said. Holbrook and her husband learned their infant William had stage four hepatoblastoma, a very rare form of liver cancer, just last year. Since January, William has received regular treatments at Boston Children's Hospital and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Children at Boston’s Jimmy Fund Clinic designed new multi-colored cleats for Red Sox utilityman Brock Holt in recognition of Major League Baseball’s Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. Holt visited the hospital in August, met with many patients and received some help in designing a new pair of New Balance cleats that he will wear against the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night. James, one of the children who helped Holt design his cleats, will be recognized on-field prior to the game.
We’re here for one-stop-fitness festivals, and you should be too. Sampling a couple different workout classes all in one day followed up by free snacks and a beer sounds like a Saturday well-spent, don’t you think? On September 29, join the Jimmy Fund and Reebok at the shiny new Reebok Headquarters for the Jimmy Fund Fit Fest, a half-day fitness festival featuring everything from CrossFit to yoga, as well as Harpoon Brewery beer and complimentary food.
Latoyia Edwards sits with the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk Director Zack Blackburn, Dana Farber employee Janice Russell and Team Silver Strong Co-Captains Jake and Halle Silver to talk about the 30th Annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. On Sunday, September 23, 2018 thousands will come together to walk to make a difference in the lives of cancer patients in Boston and around the world.
The annual brain tumor research 5K is being held Saturday morning at the University of Dayton Humanities Plaza located at 300 College Park, according to a release. Registration is at 9:00 a.m., the run starts at 10:00 a.m., and the after-race party starts at 11:30 a.m. The 7th Annual ‘Hope... It’s A Beach Thing’ 5K and After-Race Party is to raise money and awareness for brain tumor research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a fundraising organization also known as Jimmy Fund, the release stated.
Fighting cancer one contribution at a time, that’s what’s happening Friday night on Channel 4 and on the other TV networks and many cable outlets. The star-studded fundraiser is called Stand Up To Cancer, and it’s making a difference right here in Boston. Dr. Irene Ghobrial is an oncologist at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. She’s working on potentially groundbreaking research into blood cancers, research funded by Stand Up To Cancer. “It’s extremely important I can tell you. Stand Up To Cancer has really changed the way we think, and has actually enabled us, for the first time, to start a screening test for blood cancers,” she says.
Former Somerville resident Joe LoRusso, a member of the Ted Williams Camp Alumni Association, hosted a reunion luncheon and auction this past summer at the Ted Williams Camp in Lakeville, Florida, to help raise money for the Jimmy Fund. Former Boston Red Sox Jim Lonborg and other Red Sox players with Past Ted Williams Camp coaches help raise $5.063.00 for the Jimmy Fund Charity. Joe and the Ted Williams Camp Alumni Association went from raising $2,000 in 2016 too raising $5,063.00 in 2018 for the Jimmy Fund.
Turlough Eoghain Meehan was born on June 23, 2007, at Cape Cod Hospital, in Hyannis. The first child of Amanda-Clare and Phelim Meehan, he weighed 7 pounds, 7 ounces at birth – a perfectly healthy baby boy. Only two-and-a-half months later, this perfect baby was diagnosed with myeloid/lymphoid leukemia (MLL), a form of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). By the following October, after months of chemotherapy failed to halt the disease, Turlough’s final hope came down to a bone-marrow transplant provided by a suitable donor.
It is THAT time of the year again Maldonians! Yes, summer is sadly in the rear view mirror but with that glum news comes some really cool Malden activities. Such as the annual Irish American Labor Day Road Race. I had the pleasure of running into old friend Mike McCarthy at the Saint Rocco Festa last weekend! Did I mention what a great Feast it was?! Mike reminded me that he and the rest of those wonderful guys and gals at the Irish American Club will be sponsoring their I.A. 5k/10k Road Race on the 3rd of Sept.
It was definitely hot in the city on Aug. 3, when more than 136 sweltering golfers came out to support and pay tribute to two beloved and wonderful men, Steve Ronan and Tom McKay, at the 33rd Steve Ronan/Tom McKay Budweiser Jimmy Fund Golf Classic. This all-day golf outing was held at Mount Pleasant Golf Club in Lowell. Each year, this event supports Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Jimmy Fund, and has raised a phenomenal $805,000 since its inception.
Entercom has announced the results of its Boston station’s annual "WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon." This year’s event raised over $4.4 million, which brought the fundraising total to over $53 million since the radio-telethon's inception. The 'thon was started by WEEI-FM, The Jimmy Fund, and the Boston Red Sox in 2002.
Icon Dave McGillivray celebrates 40th anniversary of historic Run Across America for cancer at FenwayAugust 23, 2018
“I’m going to run until I’m out of time,” said 64-year-old Boston Marathon race director Dave McGillivray, a longtime philanthropist, endurance athlete, and motivational speaker. McGillivray celebrated the 40th anniversary of his historic 1978 Run Across America — covering 3,452 miles in 80 days — from Medford, Ore., to Medford, Mass., by doing exactly what he did when he was in his 20s.
Dave McGillivray got to relive one of the greatest moments of his life at Fenway Park Thursday. He took a victory lap around the field before the Red Sox-Indians game, marking the 40th anniversary of his 1978 “Run Across America,” what Runner’s World magazine called “the first cancer-fund-raising run.”
New Jersey Devils forward Brian Boyle joined the Boston Red Sox for their 17th Annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio "K Cancer" Telethon on Tuesday. Boyle, who battled chronic myeloid leukemia last season, joined Red Sox broadcasters Dave O'Brien and Dennis Eckersley to tell his story.
Nearly three years after Jill Romeo Di-Tommaso died of ovarian cancer at the age of 51, she’s still making a profound impact on the lives of others. Di-Tommaso co-founded the girlygirl PARTS 5K Run/Walk for Ovarian Cancer in 2009 with her best friend, Laura Smith. According to Smith, the event evolved over a cup of coffee and a desire to give back. “Jill was diagnosed in the winter of 2008 and spent the next year undergoing surgeries and chemotherapy treatments,” Smith recalled. “When she was finally feeling healthy again, she asked me to participate in a Jimmy Fund walk. She loved Dana-Farber and wanted to support them. That’s the kind of person she was.”
The manager walked to the Coors Field pitcher’s mound to take the ball from the left-hander who had beaten cancer. It was an October 2007 night in Colorado, and the Red Sox were about to sweep the Rockies for their second World Series championship this century. Terry Francona wrapped Jon Lester in a hearty embrace, the two men celebrating what was a seminal moment for both of them. Alex Cora was a utility player with Boston at the time, and his return to manage the team 11 years later reminds him of such scenes while he guides his current players. It was at least the second time in Cora’s life the disease had touched him, with his father, Jose Manuel, succumbing to colon cancer in the late 1980s. Cora spoke about both events while promoting the 17th-annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, a two-day event that began Tuesday.
'For the next kid that’s about to enter into my shoes.' An oral history of the Jimmy Fund Radio-TelethonAugust 20, 2018
The 17th annual Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon begins Tuesday on WEEI and NESN, two iconic Boston sports stations which carry the Red Sox games but devote 36 hours each summer to these stories of tragedy and triumph. You think David Ortiz is strong? Wait until you meet Ben Finer. You think Tom Brady knows how to live? That’s because you never met Todd Schwartz. Or Avalanna Routh. Or so many others whose stories turned a modest fundraiser into a New England institution.
Deb Graff’s fight with multiple myeloma continues every day but she always has seen the world through rose-colored glasses. It’s a trait her family appreciates.
Boston Red Sox teams have supported the Jimmy Fund since 1953, but there were certain players who got much closer to the cause like Ted Williams, Mo Vaughn, Tim Wakefield and David Ortiz. Most recently, Brock Holt has become the newest ambassador to the cause and to the kids.
After being diagnosed with Lymphoma two years ago, Boston Firefighter Glenn Preston has fought to get his life back. The father of four is determined to return to duty on Engine 39 out of South Boston, as well as be the dad and husband he once was.
The Canton PMC Kids Ride is looking for riders for their second annual ride on Saturday, September 29, to raise money for life-saving cancer research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. After a successful first year where 50 riders raised over $11,000 for the Jimmy Fund, the Canton Kids Ride is moving to a new location at the Irish Cultural Centre of New England. Kids can ride safely on this closed course loop that will go through the ICC’s campus and ride past the new TreeTop Adventures site.
The Lincoln Sudbury Majors Green Team clinched the championship of The Jimmy Fund Little League Division by beating Weston 16-1 on Friday, August 3. The team also collectively raised over $500 for The Jimmy Fund to “Take a Swing at Cancer!” The Lincoln Sudbury Majors Green Team including (l-r) Ollie Adams, Yuan Zhuang, Cam O’Connor, Ollie Reinhardt, Jenson Martin, Connor Johnson, Jack O’Connor, Kyle Farrell, coach Doug Adams, Marcus Cassel, Aiden Harrison, Ryan Boretti, and assistant coach Mike Boretti hold their championship plaques after winning The Jimmy Fund Little League Division on Friday, Aug. 3
On Aug. 4, 2018, Wilson Farms held their final event to raising money for the Pan-Mass Challenge this year. As Team Wilson Farm rode from Sturbridge to Provincetown, the crew at Wilson Farm raised $4,270 for their ride at the even, dubbed the Ice Cream Social. All proceeds from the event will go directly to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In addition to Wilson Farm staff, Shaw Farm, Giovanna Gelato, Maple Valley Creamery and Abilyn’s Ice Cream contributed to the event. According to the Pan-Mass Challenge website, this year, Team Wilson Farm raised $184,131.06, far outstripping their goal of $145,000.
The Southborough Police Department is going pink. Along with other departments across the country, Southborough is taking part in the Pink Patch Project with the goal is to raise money and bring awareness to the fight against breast cancer and to support breast cancer research, according to a press release. “It is estimated that approximately one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime,” the release reads. “This disease can have a profound impact on the patient and her loved ones. It is a disease, however, that can be effectively treated with surgery, radiation therapy, hormone therapy and chemotherapy.” During October, officers will replace their normal patches with a pink version.
Shawmut Design and Construction, a $1.2 billion national construction management firm, participated in the 2018 Pan-Mass Challenge, marking the eleventh straight year the firm has participated in the two-day bike-a-thon. This year, Team Shawmut raised $200,000 and counting, accumulating more than $1,300,000 in total fundraising since the team’s inception. The money raised will directly support the research being conducted by Dana-Farber’s Dr. Christopher Sweeney, who rode with Team Shawmut for the fifth year in a row.
One Columbia resident has raised over $6,000 for cancer research over the past three years. Her method? The Falmouth Road Race in Cape Cod. Her motivation? Five close friends and family members who have suffered from the disease and millions more who are fighting for their lives. Sarah Bojorquez, 26, of Columbia first got involved with the Falmouth Road Race two years ago through her mother.
Stephen Perez was just 19 years old when he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s T-cell lymphoblastic lymphoma. While receiving treatment at The Jimmy Fund, he found himself becoming a part of a community that not only helped him heal physically, but emotionally and spiritually, as well.
A portion of the auction will benefit the Turlough Meehan Research Foundation, which funds infant leukemia research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Turlough Meehan, the infant son of a Dennis firefighter, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia and underwent months of intense chemotherapy. Sadly, he passed away when he was just five months old. All money raised by the foundation goes toward infant leukemia research.
Billy Starr shared an inspirational story of a PMC summer intern and discussed what the money that PMC raises helps the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute do.
Dr. Laurie Glimcher says Dana-Farber now as a new drug to treat leukemia because of fund raised by the PMC among other strides against cancer.
This October, Foxboro police will be making a fashion statement of sorts — donning bright pink departmental shoulder patches as part of a local campaign to garner attention and support for breast cancer awareness. The local effort, based on similar campaigns throughout the law enforcement community, was launched by detective Patrick Morrison, who had seen pink uniform patches in 2017 at about the same time his wife, who was being treated for cancer, entered remission. And having had personal experience with the hardships that cancer can force on a family, Morrison decided to bring the project to Foxboro Police.
Team SSHS (South Shore Health System) has one million reasons to celebrate! This year's team– running "As One" in the Boston Marathon – raised more than $192,000 for cancer care services and other Health System programs on the South Shore. The final amount was enough to push the team's collective seven-year fundraising goal to over $1 million dollars!
It’s the most successful athletic fundraising event in the country, and this weekend, for the 39th consecutive year, thousands of Pan-Mass Challenge riders will hit the road to raise money for life-saving cancer research. Last year, more than 6,000 cyclists raised a record $51 million, every penny of which was donated to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Since the race first began, it’s raised a total of $598 million — and this year they’re set to pass the $600 million mark.
Canton resident and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute patient Amy Ennis, 40, is the patient partner for this year’s Burger King and Valvoline Instant Oil Change “A Chance for Kids & Families” fundraiser. Burger King and Valvoline Instant Oil Change customers can help fight cancer by contributing $1 at participating locations from July 23 through September 2.
The spirit and memory of a District No. 1 firefighter is living on less than two years after he lost his battle with cancer. On July 28, friends, family, and co-workers of Tony Melo gathered at DeMello Elementary School for their second annual car wash in his honor. With all proceeds benefiting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, it’s a way to keep his legacy of service and helping others alive, explained his wife Lori Melo. “He was always willing to so something for someone else,” added Dennis Clark, who worked with Melo at M&M Auto. “That expression ‘give the shirt off your back…’ he’d give you his whole wardrobe.”
It's time to ride for a cure. And that's a big reason Joshua Bourdon takes to the open road on his bike every summer to help make a difference in the lives of those battling cancer. Bourdon of Derry is one of more than 6,200 cyclists from 40 states and seven countries that will gather in Massachusetts for the annual Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), a summer bike ride that raises millions to critical research and cancer care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. That pack includes area riders from Derry, Londonderry, Windham and beyond all participating in the ride Aug. 4 and 5 with the goal of raising $52 million to support Dana-Farber.
Reusable bags made using a young cancer survivor's drawings are sold to raise money for kids like her.
Dan Sheehan is out of the game — temporarily. The stakes are too high to remain on the sidelines permanently. Sheehan, 55, of Valencia, was scheduled to return to the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) in Massachusetts, a bicycling event Aug. 4-5 designed to raise money for critical cancer research and patient care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Sheehan was a longtime resident of central Massachusetts before moving to Valencia five years ago. He lost his father to cancer. “Some of my family members started riding for him and I joined in,” Sheehan said. “Other family members on my wife’s side and mine have dealt with cancer and I ride for them, too.”
Tuesday's WCVB5 Wake Up Call comes from the Jimmy Fund Walk.
The 25th annual Woonsocket Little League Jim Carr Memorial Jimmy Fund golf tournament will return to Triggs Country Club in Providence on Saturday, Aug. 18, with registration beginning at 6:30 a.m. and play starting at 8 a.m. The tournament, which is the main charity event that is sponsored by the league, was established in 1993 in the memory of Jim Carr, a longtime Little League manager and volunteer who passed away after battling cancer. Over the past 24 years, the tournament has raised a total of $274,000, with all the proceeds going to the Jimmy Fund.
The first weekend in August thousands of cyclists will take over the roads of Massachusetts for the two-day Pan-Mass Challenge. The goal is to fund a cure for cancer. This year, a young cancer survivor recruited a new friend to ride. And for these two, inspiring others is like riding a bike. From up the road, they’re two guys on bikes. But, as they come closer it’s clear they have more than handlebars and helmets in common. Patrick Downes is a Boston Marathon bombing survivor. He will be riding his first PMC alongside cancer survivor Jack Manning.
Always up to the challenge: A Marine and firefighter, he finds that a bike can help him serve even moreJuly 04, 2018
Drew Wallace, who served in Afghanistan as a Marine sergeant and is a now a Boston firefighter, listened as the cheers rang out at Fenway Park last month on Pan Mass Challenge (PMC) Day honoring him at a “Hats Off to Heroes” celebration for his service fighting wars and fires – and cancer. The event commemorated the Red Sox Foundation’s 16-year commitment to the PMC, an annual bikeathon that passes through the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In addition to hailing Wallace for his contributions, PMC Day featured 40 PMC riders who have undergone, or are currently undergoing cancer treatment, and who are cited as “Living Proof” of the PMC mission to eradicate cancer. They rode around the warning track before this year’s PMC’s logo was officially unveiled on the Green Monster at the ancient ball park.
On this steamy weekend in June, a trip to the farm included a petting zoo, face painting, tractor rides, live music, camping, hot air balloon rides, and more. Mike is also a 10-year PMC rider, “I want to help with cancer research and knowing 100% of my dollars goes to that — that’s a great thing.” Every dollar raised at the Farm Fest goes to the PMC, which then goes right to Dana-Farber to support cancer research and treatments. “The work that the PMC does is just wonderful and benefits so many people,” said Tricia Campero. Her son, Christian, has been cancer-free for 6 years now.
Rhinestone cowboys and cowgirls gathered at Loretta’s Last Call on June 13, 2018, to raise more than $24,000 to support cutting-edge research and patient care at Dana-Farber. Co-Chaired by Gabrielle Baron, Gina Morda, Lucy Santos, and Richard Walsh, the event featured country music, dancing, a costume contest, silent auction, and southern food. Sponsors included Alexandra Slote Interiors, Boston magazine, Suzanne Chapman, Qlik, and Rudd Design Co. The event benefits the Friends’ dual mission: to fundraise in support of research and patient care, and to provide services and volunteer programs that enhance Dana-Farber’s healing environment for patients and families.
The 5th annual Jason Forget Memorial Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament, which was held on June 15 at Triggs Memorial Golf Course, raised $12,725, and the proceeds from the event were again donated to the Jimmy Fund golf program. The tournament, which again saw 144 golfers compete in a best-ball format and has raised a total of $57,298 in its five years, is held to honor the life of Jason Forget, a 1999 graduate of Woonsocket High who lost his life to cancer at the age of 27 in 2008.
Children, parents and volunteers were up early on Sunday morning riding their bicycles at Martha Jones Elementary School to support Westwood’s 11th annual PMC Kids Ride. PMC Kids Rides, which began as a grassroots effort in 1998, has raised more than $8 million dollars over the years for research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Westwood Kids Ride goal for this year was to raise $65,000.
She may not have a golden horn or flowing rainbow locks, but Wellesley resident Carol Chaoui is a unicorn. At least, that’s what friend Kelley Tuthill thought when she first met Chaoui. “I always describe her as a mythical figure in Wellesley,” Tuthill said of Chaoui. “When I did not know her, I thought she couldn’t possibly be real. I considered her a unicorn, because I didn’t think it was possible that someone could face all that she faces and do all that she does.” That’s because in addition to operating the nonprofit foundation Carol’s Corner and a temporarily-closed boutique of the same name, Chaoui has also run the Boston Marathon several times (occasionally dressed as Wonder Woman, no less) — all while undergoing treatment for metastatic breast and thyroid cancer.