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Jimmy Fund news, stories, and people making headlines around the world.
Pam Fletcher to coach skiers at Nashoba Valley
February 08, 2017

One of New England’s most cherished and successful charitable ski events takes place this weekend, and with an added bonus. Participants in Saturday’s annual Jimmy Fund Snow Challenge at Nashoba Valley will be personally coached by Olympic ski legend Pam Fletcher. Fletcher, who still is active in the ski world and takes part in such events at the Deer Valley Celebrity Ski Challenge, will be on hand all day to offer pointers, discuss the course and a racing plan, and even give you last-minute tips right at the starting gate.

'Win for Quinn' boys basketball games Friday night at Lexington High
February 07, 2017

Friday night will be a special one at Lexington High School. When the boys basketball team hosts Belmont, the evening will be recognized at the first annual "Win For Quinn" Basketball Fund-raiser. Friends and family of Quinn Amsler will be honored as Lexington and Belmont play three games, the freshman, junior varsity and varsity.

Bubbles for Brain Cancer Launches National Fundraiser for World Cancer Day
February 03, 2017

Bubbles for Brain Cancer is launching its national fundraising campaign and Bubble Video Challenge on World Cancer Day. Brain tumors continue to kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other form of cancer. Despite the recent spike in awareness driven to this cause by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), and the recent film COLLATERAL BEAUTY starring Will Smith, awareness and fundraising efforts still need more momentum. After seeing 2014’s ‘Ice Bucket Challenge’ for ALS go viral and result in research breakthroughs, businessman Chris W. Mahne and Kristina Akhirah Hernandez teamed up to create Bubbles for Brain Cancer. When asked “why bubbles?” Mahne responded, “Bubbles are a timeless tribute and inspiration to one’s personal imagination, from all walks of life, both young and old. C’mon, who doesn’t love bubbles?” People from across the country have already started posting Bubble Video Challenges, planning bubble-themed events, sparkling wine tasting fundraisers, and even Bubble Soccer games, all to reach the million-dollar fundraising goal by May 31st, 2017.

Join the Jimmy Fund Dance Party at Fenway
January 26, 2017

If you’re living in New England, what could be better than going to Fenway Park for a night full of food, dancing, prizes, and special performances and activities with your friends? We’ll tell you exactly what’s better: all of the above, plus helping fight against cancer alongside renowned American charity, The Jimmy Fund at this year’s The Jimmy Fund Dance Party.

Stoneham resident to play in charity hockey match
January 25, 2017

Stoneham resident Ryan Leib will be among the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute doctors, researchers and staff who will play a charity hockey game against the Boston Bruins alumni to benefit the Jimmy Fund, which supports cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber. The Dana-Farber Rink Rats' game will be held from 3-5 p.m. Feb. 4 at LoConte Rink, 97 Loucst St., Medford.

Dancing For A Cure Helps Woman Help Others During Her Own Cancer Journey
January 25, 2017

When Mary Jo Keenan went for medical testing in 2005, it was for something minor, which happened to lead to something major when Keenan was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Now, more than 11 years later, Keenan is lending her support to the annual Dancing for a Cure fundraising event, while soldiering on through her own ongoing treatments.

Breast Cancer Awareness Club set date for walk
January 24, 2017

In September 2015, sophomores Jacob Selsman and Katie Merport began the Breast Cancer Awareness Club at Sharon High School. The main inspirations for the club were Mike and Kara Selsman, Jacob's parents. Mike Selsman was diagnosed with late stage breast cancer in 2011 and Kara was also diagnosed with the disease in 2013.

Cool treat for local teen on ‘Rachael Ray Show’
January 21, 2017

Boston teen-preneur Grace Connor recently appeared on “The Rachael Ray Show” and talked about little g ice cream co., the small-batch ice cream business she owns and operates. “I’ve been baking and making my own ice cream since I was a kid, but I decided to make it into a real business when I was diagnosed with a brain tumor,” she said. Connor spoke about how she had the tumor removed in 2015, and after that, it was “still a long road to recovery.”

Tournament has lofty goals in fourth year
January 20, 2017

Kristen Underwood, an assistant coach for the Portsmouth High School girls basketball team, first met Lindsay, a young girl from Chester, three years ago as Underwood was training for her first Boston Marathon. Lindsay was diagnosed with Langerhans cell histiocytosis when she was just 18 months old, and Underwood and Lindsey were paired up as part of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute team for the Boston Marathon.

Chefs for Jimmy fundraiser held at Chez Josef
January 20, 2017

It was a big night for the Jimmy fund as they hosted their annual Chefs for Jimmy fundraiser benefitting cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber. This night, typically full of energy and hope, as chefs and culinary business owners from around the region brought out their best products.

"Dancing for a Cure Cape Cod" dance marathon for cancer
January 18, 2017

Hundreds of dance enthusiasts of all ages from on and off the Cape, will dance for 4 hours in Mashpee to raise funds for vital research of breast and ovarian cancer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. (observers also welcome)

Nashoba Valley Ski Area to host Jimmy Fund Snow Challenge
January 17, 2017

Skiers and snowboarders of all abilities are invited to the 22nd annual Jimmy Fund Snow Challenge from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 11 at the Nashoba Valley Ski Area, 79 Powers Road, Westford.

Bruins Sell Milt Schmidt Patch To Benefit Jimmy Fund
January 14, 2017

The Boston Bruins announced today, January 14, that fans will have the opportunity to purchase a commemorative jersey patch to honor Milt Schmidt, featuring Schmidt's number 15. The jersey patch will be sold at the ProShop powered by Reebok on Level 2 of TD Garden as well as, starting today. The patch will sell for $15 dollars, with net proceeds benefitting the Jimmy Fund.

The play's the thing
January 12, 2017

The Company Theatre in Norwell celebrates one of America’s most extraordinary presidential better halves. The new documentary play, “She Did All That — Betty Ford: Speaking Out, Saving Lives,” by the South Shore’s Lisa Rafferty spotlights a chapter in the life of a woman whose courage and honesty shattered societal taboos. A staged reading featuring a cast of eight, including Boston celebs, portraying more than 12 roles, including President and Mrs. Ford, White House reporter Morley Safer, Maria von Trapp and Grace Slick is set for Feb. 9 and will benefit the Dana-Farber Institute’s Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers.

Cushing Academy cancer fundraiser hits close to home
January 07, 2017

Cancer is a devastating disease that touches nearly everyone in some capacity, whether it be a relative, friend, classmate, or even teacher. On Saturday, Cushing Academy will hold its eighth annual Pink the Rink fundraiser, and the beneficiary of this year's event hits close to home for the Cushing community. Cushing faculty member James Kaehlert has been fighting stage 4 colon cancer since March. Instead of a focus on breast cancer this year, Cushing will help support Kaehlert's battle, with the proceeds going to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Melrose Chief Michael Lyle recognized for support of the Jimmy Fund
December 30, 2016

The Melrose Police Department recently announced that Chief Michael Lyle received the Hector J. Pelletier Award from the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association. The award is named after former Cohasset Police Chief and former Massachusetts Chiefs of Police President Hector J. Pelletier. It is given annually to a member of the association who best exemplifies Pelletier's dedication to the Jimmy Fund, which supports Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Hingham police Pink Patch Project supports Dana-Farber
December 20, 2016

The Hingham Police Department was proud to support the fight against breast cancer with the sale of commemorative pink patches shoulder patches as part of the Pink Patch Project. Police recently presented a donation of $2,000 from the proceeds of these pink patch sales to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Vesper Christmas Casino Royale
December 20, 2016

"Eat, drink and be merry..." That's what more than 100 festive members and guests did on the snowy evening of Saturday, Dec. 17, when Vesper Country Club hosted its Christmas Casino Royale. This superior evening was cleverly planned, down to every detail. As you entered the winter wonderland (ballroom), it was transformed into a magnificent casino. Exuberant and generous VCC members and their guests tried their hands at blackjack, poker, craps and roulette -- all to benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Nini’s Ristorante hosts fundraiser for Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund
December 14, 2016

The owner of Nini’s Ristorante in Easthampton is honoring his father by donating 10% of Wednesday night’s sales to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund cancer research. According to a news release sent to 22News, Johnny Daniele’s father, Giovanni Daniele, passed away in December of 2011 from Amyloidosis, a form of multiple myeloma.

Holiday collection features Brookline's Serenade chocolates
December 13, 2016

This year's Dana-Farber Holiday Cards and Gifts, presented by Amica Insurance, features almond bark and classic handmade milk or dark chocolate gift boxes from Serenade Chocolatier in Brookline.

Newton student rallies community to fight cancer
December 12, 2016

On Nov. 18, Oak Middle School eighth-grader Jane Mo, of Newton, presented a check totaling $328 to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as a result of a bake sale she held this summer in Newton Center. Jane's family friend was diagnosed with a late stage cancer and had run out of options from other hospitals, but has now had five years of successful treatment at Dana-Farber.

Second grade class at Oldham Elementary to sell ornaments to raise money for the Jimmy Fund
December 12, 2016

Emily Rendine’s second grade class at Oldham Elementary School is holding a homemade ornament sale. Ornaments will cost 1$ and all proceeds will go to the Jimmy Fund which raises funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research at the Dana-Farber Institute in Boston, MA.

'Movember' fundraiser for cancer
December 08, 2016

Members of the Johnston Police Department participated in the “No-shave November” and “Movember” that raises money and awareness for prostate cancer and creates the understanding of other cancers.

After treatment, thankful parents host toy drive
December 08, 2016

Jessica and Mark Martineau are collecting toys for the Jimmy Fund Clinic at the Dana-Farber Institute in Boston, where their two-year-old daughter Mila was treated. Mila was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer in January after her parents noticed a lump on her back. She underwent surgery to remove the tumor and began weekly chemotherapy treatments that concluded in June.

Watertown cancer survivor gives back with holiday cards
December 07, 2016

Since entering remission for her cancer almost two years ago, Watertown's Kate Morris has made it her job to give back in anyway she can to Dana-Farber. After raising almost $59,000 for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk in September with her team, Team Princess Kate Royal Court, the 8-year-old Morris is back at it. This time, she's creating holiday cards for Dana-Farber's Holiday Cards & Gifts Collection.

Teacher who survived cancer puts time to good use
December 02, 2016

Tara Shuman is an English teacher at Boston Preparatory Charter School in Hyde Park. The Canton resident and mother of two young children was “coasting through life thinking cancer wouldn’t affect me,” she said, until August 2012, when she was diagnosed with triple positive breast cancer. For the past two years, Shuman has also hosted the annual “An Evening of Hope” to raise more money. This year, she handed out “Hope Awards” to people including Matty Marcone, manager for Canton High School’s varsity hockey team who fought dyskeratosis congenita, and Erica Shea of Brockton, who survived Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Larry Lucchino makes a special delivery at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
November 30, 2016

Larry Lucchino was at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute delivering stuffed animals to cancer patients on Wednesday. Lucchino, who is chairman of the Jimmy Fund, visited with patients and gave out golden retriever plush toys that were donated by supporters who shopped the Dana-Farber Holiday Cards & Gifts collection, which raises money for cancer research and patient care. The bandana that the pups wear was designed by 8-year-old Kate Morris of Watertown, who’s a patient in Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic.

Ledyard Police Raise More than $1,000 for No Shave November
November 30, 2016

As No Shave November comes to a close, all of us at LPD want to thank everyone for your words and wishes of support for our MIS Director Regina Brulotte, and all who donated to our Jimmy Fund page. With one day to go, our page has raised $1,215 to help families with kids in cancer treatment.

Dancing for a good cause at Boston’s Biggest Disco
November 28, 2016

Things got groovy on Saturday night at Royale nightclub, where more than 700 guests attended Boston’s Biggest Disco to bust some moves for a cure. All proceeds from the party, which included a live auction, food, and, of course, dancing, went to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.

TMHS students walk the runway in support of former classmate Meghan McCarthy
November 25, 2016

On Thurs­day, Nov. 17, the TMHS DECA program, comprised of junior and senior business students, put on their 7th annual fashion show dedicated to Meghan McCarthy, directed by Rachel Bradley, Katie Garcia, and their advisor James Sullivan.

7-year-old leukemia patient organizes toy drive for Dana-Farber
November 21, 2016

A local boy is fighting leukemia, but that's not stopping him from helping out other children who are spending the holidays in the hospital. Mighty Max (Mendez), as he is known, and his mother Amy are making sure kids at Dana-Farber still get to celebrate and have started a toy drive as a way to pay it forward.

Joe Pace, owner of Rosaria Restaurant in Saugus, raises more than $100,000 for Dana-Farber
November 21, 2016

Joe Pace was recently diagnosed with lung cancer and he is taking on this challenge with the same positive attitude and support of the many loved ones in his life, also known as “the right people.” Instead of letting self pity and dark thoughts rule his day, Joe is choosing to spend his time in the light, focused on helping others who are facing the scourge of cancer. “I have been so fortunate in my life,” said Pace. ” And I am grateful to the family and friends who have been with me for so many years. I am blessed to have them by my side as I face this illness. Right now I feel good and I’m fighting this enemy every day. I am being treated at The Dana Farber Cancer Center and everything about the center is wonderful. The doctors and staff don’t get any better. I was happy to sponsor a fundraiser to benefit the center. I am even happier to say that over $100,000 was raised and close to 450 people came to the event.”

Why we hope
November 18, 2016

On Friday, November 4, dance studios from Canton and surrounding towns teamed up with Canton author Tara Shuman to present “Why We Hope,” an evening of “dance, music and hope” to benefit breast cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

West Barnstable thrift shop aids Dana Farber
November 18, 2016

Volunteers at the Cape Cancer Thrift Shop in West Barnstable were thrilled to learn the little shop doubled its contribution to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute this year, donating $53,000 in total from October 2015 through September 2016. But they were even more gratified to know a friend was benefitting from the comprehensive services at Dana-Farber.

Aly Raisman visited Dana-Farber in honor of her grandmother
November 16, 2016

Six-time Olympic medalist and Needham native Aly Raisman visited Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on Monday to honor her grandmother, meet with patients, and present a donation.

Soul Sisters take on ovarian cancer - again
November 11, 2016

“You can’t help but have hope,” Parillo said. “It reinforces what we’re doing.” The “we” is the Soul Sisters Foundation and all its supporters who participate in their annual 5K Turkey Trot to benefit ovarian cancer research through Dana Farber. This year’s run/walk will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, kicking off at 65 Pottle St. in Kingston. The cost is $25 for adults, or $35 the day of the race, $15 for students, and $10 for the Mad Dash for children up to age 9.

UnMask Cancer with Bill & Giuliana Rancic
November 04, 2016

The third annual UnMask Cancer, presented by the Herb Chambers companies and hosted by Bill and Giuliana Rancic, was held October 22, 2016 at the Mandarin Oriental Boston. Made possible by Sam and Jessica Slater, the event raised nearly $270,000 for the Jimmy Fund to support care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Nearly 450 guests dazzled in cocktail attire and masks. The evening included music by DJ Hectik, a live and silent auction, dinner by-the-bite, fabulous cocktails, and more.

Final 'La Petite Boutique' to benefit Elliot's Fund
November 03, 2016

The Nightingale Knitters from Danvers and surrounding cities and towns will host their 11th and final La Petite Boutique for Elliot’s Fund from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Peabody Institute Library, 15 Sylvan St., Danvers. What began as a small fundraiser back in 2006 has over $50,000 through the years — with every penny going directly to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for the research of infant leukemia.

Caring Causes: Luca + Danni/Dana-Farber Cancer Research
November 02, 2016

Luca + Danni, a handcrafted America-made jewelry company, is donating 100% of proceeds of two exclusive bracelets to benefit Cancer Research through Dana-Farber. As a bit of background the founder of Luca + Danni lost his younger brother to Leukemia. His brother always dreamed of evolving their family jewelry business by starting their own brand. The older brother left his career on Wall Street and created Luca + Danni in his memory. This partnership with Dana-Farber (where his younger brother was treated) is a way for him to give back – and he hopes others will as well.

Social Studies: Break out your bell-bottoms for Biggest Disco gala
November 02, 2016

Dancing is often an afterthought at charity events — something to do after the speeches are given and the last bit of rubber chicken has been chewed. But we love any chance to dance, especially for a good cause, which is why the first annual Boston’s Biggest Disco is such a standout. The beat drops on this throwback dance party of epic proportions on Nov. 26, when you get a chance to bust out your most fabulous pair of platforms and boogie down at Club Royale in Boston’s Thea­tre District. And it’s not just about reviving the Funky Chicken — you’ll be raising funds for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Christine Donovan of Hair Essentials named Smiling Neighbor
November 01, 2016

For Hair Essentials owner Christine Donovan, the month of October has a special meaning that goes beyond the leaves changing colors. It’s the month where her salon, a six-time WickedLocal Reader’s Choice winner for Best Salon, holds its “Streak” for a cause fundraiser. This month-long drive generates funds for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's - Breast Cancer Fund as part of Breast Cancer Awareness month. For this effort and other charitable activities, Donovan has been named the recipient of The Smiling Neighbor award given by South Weymouth Dentist Dr. Richard Wolfert, DMD.

Social Studies: Charity shopping weekend kicks off with Style
October 29, 2016

When food meets fashion, the result is a fabulous evening, kicked up a notch to dazzling when Saks Fifth Avenue Boston partnered with the Friends of Dana-Farber on Thursday night for Style Your Story, a Key to the Cure fundraising event to benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Mayor Marty Walsh and city councilors take a spin
October 28, 2016

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh pedaled away on a spin bike at City Hall on Thursday to promote The Resolution by PMC, an indoor cycling event on Jan. 27 and 28 that will benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Walsh was joined by city councilors Josh Zakim, Andrea Campbell, and Matt O’Malley as well as local spin instructors and Pan-Mass Challenge partners, including George Foreman III of EverybodyFights. We’re told Zakim will be participating and captaining a team (the aptly named “Team Zakim”) for the second straight year.

Bill and Giuliana Rancic to Host 2016 UnMask Cancer Fundraiser in Boston

October 21, 2016

Television power couple Bill and Giuliana Rancic return to Boston this weekend to host the 2016 UnMask Cancer fundraiser. The annual event, now in its third year, benefits patient care and cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as well as the Jimmy Fund. The 2016 fundraiser will take place at the Mandarin Oriental on Saturday, October 22.

Tracked down
October 20, 2016

Fergie doing a meet-and-greet with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute patient Melanie Goshgarian backstage before her show at Mohegan Sun, part of a new partnership between the resort casino and The Jimmy Fund.

Pan-Mass Challenge Raises Record $47 Million For Dana-Farber
October 20, 2016

Thousands of Pan-Mass Challenge riders are finding out that all their hard work, training, and fundraising has paid off–in a huge way. The PMC will be delivering a $47,000,000 check to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. That’s a new record, and $1 million higher than this year’s goal.

Dover-Sherborn Letters to the Editor: Thanks for supporting Fun Run
October 06, 2016

Together, we shared an amazing morning, raised more than $20,000 for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and took time to remember our Nora. Sunday, Oct. 2, dawned misty and cool: idea weather for runners. On that morning, the communities of Sherborn and Dover, supported by friends and family from near and far, jointly hosted the third annual Nora Searle Memorial Fun Run to Benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Social Studies: A Resolution to support cancer cause
October 04, 2016

Fall gala season is already in full swing, which means canapes, bubbles and beef filet galore. And if you need motivation to pass on seconds, you can register for The Resolution by PMC, an indoor cycling event by the Pan-Mass Challenge, Jan. 27-28 at EverybodyFights.

Yahoo Fantasy teams up with Dana-Farber for Breast Cancer Awareness
October 03, 2016

As fans of football know, teams and players bedeck themselves in pink during the month of October in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month. We are proud to announce that Yahoo Fantasy Sports and Yahoo for Good are teaming up with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to make it easy for any Yahoo Fantasy Sports user to support breast cancer research this month. Yahoo users can easily donate to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute simply by clicking the “Give Now” button on desktop or our mobile apps.

Marion residents running with Dana-Farber team in B.A.A. Half Marathon
October 03, 2016

On Oct. 9, Marion residents will be running in the 16th annual B.A.A. Half Marathon® presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, as a member of the official Dana-Farber team. Runners include: Mackenzie Chaput, Wesley Chaput, Lisa Horan, Virginia Larsen, and Jason Reynolds.

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