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Portsmouth brewery crafts special beer to benefit cancer treatment
March 26, 2017

A local brewery is crafting a limited edition ale to raise money for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Beara Irish Brewing Company, a nanobrewery on Lafayette Road, announced their new Eatman's Ale and said that a portion of the proceeds will be contributed to the Matt Eaton Memorial Golf Tournament. Michael Potorti, the founder of the Beara Irish Brewing Company, said Kerry Marshall, a member of the Matt Eaton Memorial Golf Tournament committee, initially contacted them about donating to the tournament. But Potorti offered to craft a special brew in memory of Matt, who fought a courageous battle with cancer for a year before passing away in November of 2016.

Teacher takes pie in the face as part of cancer fundraiser
March 26, 2017

Madison Bell, 12, was the lucky winner who got to pie her teacher Christine Hoyle in the face as part of a PCIS fundraiser Thursday, March 23. Bell was nice, gently dragging the pie down Hoyle's face before placing it atop her teacher's head.

Residents train for fundraising run
March 22, 2017

Three Dedham residents are working hard to increase both their mileage and their fundraising dollars as they prepare to run the Boston Marathon as part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team. For Nicole Girard and her husband, Eric, this will be their first marathon as members of the team, and Margot Hayes is running for the second year in a row. All three residents mention their hope to contribute to cancer research and help eradicate a disease that has touched so many as their primary goal for running the iconic road race.

Medfield resident named Top 10 Fundraiser
March 21, 2017

Medfield resident Alison Robertson was named a Top 10 Fundraiser for her efforts in the 2016 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai. Robertson was among a select group of awardees recognized for her fundraising and commitment to the event at last week's Extra Mile Brunch.

Jimmy Fund Golf honors police chiefs
March 21, 2017

The organizers of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association Ralph Lepore Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament were honored during Jimmy Fund Golf Appreciation Night on March 2 at the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care at Dana-Farber. The 2016 tournament raised more than $40,000 for the Jimmy Fund.

Pan-Mass Challenge Announces Record $48M Fundraising Goal
March 21, 2017

The Pan-Mass Challenge announced its 2017 fundraising goal Tuesday. The charity bike ride is aiming to raise a record $48 million this year, bringing their 38-year total to $595 million. The money raised during the PMC supports patient care and cancer research at Dana Farmer Cancer Institute. Each year the ride raises more money for charity than any other single athletic event.

Going the distance for Dad
March 20, 2017

Middletown resident Katie Humphrey is running in this year's Boston Marathon as part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Team to honor her late father Jay Humphrey, who died in 2010 from a rare form of blood cancer.

Come join Fred Simon and yes, it's a good cause
March 20, 2017

Fred Simon's friends and family are throwing him a party. Not a birthday party -- Fred turned 80 last fall. Just a party, a get-together, a chance for folks to wish Fred well. "It's a celebration of his life," says Warren Shaw, Fred's good friend who helps run many of the fundraisers with which Fred is involved. "He's worth it."

Cupcake Festival benefit returns March 19 in Leominster
March 17, 2017

When Tommy Joffrion, an 11-year-old from Leominster, received a terrifying diagnosis in 2010, friends of the family quickly mobilized forces and began baking cupcakes, taking orders via Facebook and word-of-mouth, and delivering them all over the city to raise critical funds for the family's expenses and to spread the word about a family in need of a hand. They called themselves Team Tommy, and their mission was to help the Joffrion family as they navigated a world that included pediatric cancer, brain tumors and multiple diagnoses of leukemia and neurofibromatosis. In the years that followed, the group devised an annual Cupcake Festival to bring that faithful community together to celebrate life.

Allston resident honored by Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk
March 17, 2017

Chris Lopez, of Allston, recently was named Volunteer of the Year for his efforts in the 2016 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk

Boston Marathon: Watertown’s Kai Kharpertian running in memory of late wife
March 15, 2017

When Central Rock Climbing Gym opened in Watertown in 2013, Kai Kharpertian was one of the first employees, working there as a route-setter. It was there where he met his wife, Kiara Kharpertian. This year, Kai is running the Boston Marathon in memory of Kiara, who passed away in 2016. Kiara was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer as a 25-year-old doctoral student—and then with a stage 4 recurrence just over two years later.

Boston Marathon 2017: Cary Collins for Dana-Farber
March 09, 2017

Since moving to Wellesley more than 18 years ago, I have found myself on a curb on the third Monday of every April cheering Boston Marathon runners for hours as they stride through town and the halfway mark. The day is always inspiring, energizing and moving. As an athlete, I have been intrigued by the possibility of running a marathon and specifically Boston (go big!) so at the urging of friends and family, this past fall I applied to, and received an invitation to join the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team (DFMC).

Boston Marathon Profile: Kimberly Anne Cox
March 09, 2017

Marlborough has 13 residents running in this year's Boston Marathon. Marlborough Patch highlights those runners in the next few weeks. Today, we meet Kimberly Anne Cox, who is 42. Good luck, Kimberly!

Cape Cod Academy Students to Hold Dance Marathon
March 07, 2017

Cape Cod Academy’s Pink Ribbon Club, WCOD DJ Stephanie Viva, Dance Designs, Sandwich Dance Academy and Troope Mirage Cape Cod, will convene in CCA’s Upper School gym on Saturday March 18th (6-10 PM) to dance for 4 straight hours in hopes of raising lots of money to fund research to cure women’s cancers.

Marshfield Dana-Farber patient, 10, featured in floral fundraiser
March 06, 2017

Customers shopping for flowers at Stop & Shop stores in three states will be able to see art created by 10-year-old Marshfield resident Tommy Scardina and read about his cancer diagnosis. Tommy was diagnosed with a rare cancer called NUT midline carcinoma in June 2016 and has undergone extensive treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Kick-off meeting for 2017 PMC-Kids ride on Tuesday
March 05, 2017

Last year, 429 children ranging in ages from 3-18 participated in the PMC South Shore Kids Ride and they raised $73,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. Over the last ten years, the ride has raised a total of $585,000 for groundbreaking research and treatment.

Nate Solder teams up with Dana-Farber for pediatric cancer fundraiser
March 03, 2017

New England Patriots' Nate Solder Helps Stop & Shop Kick-Off Floral Campaign Benefiting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. The Ambassador Kids Fundraiser flower bouquets are exclusively available at Stop & Shop stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island from March 3rd through April 16th

Golf fundraiser will honor memory of Jay Dion in May
March 03, 2017

The first Friends of Jay Dion Memorial Classic golf tournament will be held Thursday, May 25, at Juniper Hill Golf Course in Northborough. Longtime Northborough resident Jay Dion passed away in June 2016 at the age of 52 after just 11 weeks of battling NUT Midline Carcinoma, a very rare and aggressive cancer. Only 20-30 cases of this cancer are reported each year and there is no cure. He left behind his wife Gayle of 22 years and two children Logan and Tyler.

Nikos Family Pizzeria Teams Up With Flyers Basketball To Support Dana-Farber
March 01, 2017

The Framingham High girls basketball team, with its head coach Kristen Audet-Fucarile, wore pink and raised money for the Dana Farber Institute in Boston. The Flyers want to thank their sponsor Nikos Family Pizzeria of Framingham for their overwhelming support, who graciously funded their cause during the week of January 31, by purchasing custom made t-shirts to sell during their event. The team raised $370, with all proceeds donated to Dana Farber Institute in Boston.

Wakefield Police Donate $5,000 to Jimmy Fund
March 01, 2017

Chief Rick Smith announced Wednesday that the Wakefield Police Department recently donated $5,000 to the Jimmy Fund through their canister drive. Wakefield Police, in collaboration with the Wakefield Chamber of Commerce, have placed canisters at checkout counters in stores throughout town to collect donations for the Jimmy Fund.

H.S. BASKETBALL: Hingham boys celebrate Senior Night
February 28, 2017

Senior Night for the Hingham High boys basketball team was a special night for a multitude of reasons. Along with the Harbormen seniors playing their final home game, the team raised money for the Jimmy Fund and honored the mother of Conall Mannion.

West Springfield's Soupy for Loopy foundation makes $50,000 donation to Dana-Farber
February 22, 2017

The Soupy for Loopy Foundation, a West Springfield-based charity formed in memory of a local girl who fought a rare form of cancer, made a $50,000 donation to support cancer research. The donation, which resulted from 2016 fundraising efforts, will go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, which is researching neuroblastoma, a rare but serious childhood cancer which affects the nervous system.

Pan-Mass Challenge kids ride seeks volunteer in Longmeadow
February 22, 2017

Organizers of Massachusetts' most famed bicycle endurance ride are looking for someone in Longmeadow to pitch in and help out with a kids' version of the event.

First Baptist Church to host benefit concert
February 13, 2017

The First Baptist Church of Medford will host "Unconquerable Spirit," a benefit concert for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute featuring students from the Longy School of Music, at 4 p.m. Feb. 19 at the church, 29 Oakland St., Medford.

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 BostonProShop.com, 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.

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