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On Saturday, Oct. 7, Dancing for a Cure will present “Laughing for a Cure,” a comedy show to support women’s cancers research and benefit the Friends of Dana-Farber, an all-volunteer community that has raised more than $33 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Hyannis. Hosted by actress and comedian Regina DeCicco, the evening’s exciting lineup includes headliner Leighann Lord (HBO, Comedy Central) and comedians Tara Cannistraci, Kimberley Hellem and Cape Cod’s Christine Ernst.
A high school senior unable to play football after getting diagnosed with cancer is now using his experience to help others. Jake Silver said what he thought was knee pain was diagnosed as bone cancer in May 2016. He was concerned about his football career and after his bone cancer spread to his lungs, he was told he could not play anymore. But he was not off the field for long. An intensive surgery and 29 weeks of chemotherapy later, Silver was named an unofficial coach of his football team.
Suzanne Miller is an orthopedic surgeon and, let’s face it, she should know better. She knows pain. She knows rehab. Her surgical specialty is knees and shoulders, reconnecting ACLs, patching up rotator cuffs, getting her patients back in the game as soon as possible. So why, in the sweet name of doctor, heal thyself, is she looking forward to someone punching her in the face? “Fantastic question!” said Dr. Miller, 49, strangely effusive over her pending date with pain, Oct. 5 at the House of Blues. “So, basically, it’s because . . .” Because cancer. That’s the short answer, one that requires no further explanation when it’s time to put up a fight. Miller will climb into the ring Oct. 5 as part of the annual Belles of the Brawl boxing event on Lansdowne Street, where she’ll have her first, and likely last, three-round amateur bout to help raise money for cancer research.
The Hub Today's Anna Rossi hits the streets with a Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk top fundraising team captain and learns the story behind every step.
Ask Molly Malone what she'd rather talk about, the cancer which seriously sidetracked the Lynnfield 17-year-old's life, or her figure skating, and the answer isn't a surprise. "Probably skating," said Malone after a recent practice at Reading's Burbank Arena. There is much to talk about, and even more work to do. Malone will be performing Friday and Saturday at the 47th annual figure skating fundraiser "An Evening With Champions." Held at Harvard's Bright-Landry Hockey Center, the event has raised more than $2.8 million for the Jimmy Fund to benefit adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber.
Definitive Healthcare, the leading provider of data, intelligence, and analytics on the healthcare provider market, recently hosted its second annual golf tournament in support of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. The tournament took place at the Highlands Golf and Country Club in Grafton, MA, and included dinner and a silent auction. The event was run by DefinitiveCares, Definitive Healthcare’s community service organization. According to Emily Atkinson, co-organizer of the event, 144 golfers participated in the tournament – the maximum allowed on the course. The event exceeded its original donation and fundraising goal by more than $10,000, totaling nearly $30,000. “The tournament was a huge success thanks to the hard work of all the volunteers, both before the tournament and the day of,” said John Caccavaro, who organized the event with Atkinson. “Not only did we hit our $20,000 goal, but we blew it out of the water.”
The 24th annual Woonsocket Little League Jim Carr Memorial Jimmy Fund golf tournament took place on Saturday, Aug. 19, at Triggs Memorial Golf Course, and the proceeds from this year’s event, which went to the Jimmy Fund, a major fundraising arm of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, were $11,300. That brought the event’s 24-year total to $273,085. One hundred and forty-four golfers competed in a best-ball format and were treated to a tailgate barbeque at the golf course’s Rescue Pub.
Stephen Ciesinski expected the 2013 Pan-Mass Challenge – an annual bike ride across Massachusetts to raise money for cancer research – to be his last. But the Los Altos Hills resident returned this year to honor good friend and longtime ride participant Steve Bauer, who died last fall. “I agreed to ride the Pan-Mass Challenge one more time,” said Ciesinski, who last month pedaled 85 miles, from Wellesley to Bourne. “I actually rode Bauer’s bike alongside his friends and four other friends.”
Wellesley’s Carol Chaoui plans fashion show to benefit metastatic breast cancer research while undergoing treatment herselfSeptember 04, 2017
Carol’s Corner, a special boutique at Renew Arts & Industry, at 19 South Main St. in Natick, will host an evening of “fashion with compassion” to benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Carol Chaoui, Wellesley’s own “wonder woman” and president of Carol’s Corner, a nonprofit foundation -- separate from the boutique -- has spent the summer months planning her first annual “Vintage Vogue Runway for Research,” a fashion show and fundraiser for metastatic breast cancer research, all while undergoing treatments for metastatic breast and thyroid cancer.
Bellingham resident Gary Bastarache will participate for the 27th time with the Dell EMC Customer Support Team in the 28th Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk on Sept. 24, as he’s joined by nearly 9,500 walkers along the Boston Marathon route, from Hopkinton to Copley Square. For the past 27 years, Gary has walked the full 26.2-mile course with friends, family and colleagues and has fundraised thousands of dollars to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub recently raised more than $600,000 during this year’s annual Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Fundraiser. Money was raised through in-restaurant donations and team members who participated in the New Balance Falmouth Road Race and the Pan Mass Challenge on Team Lanzoni. Team Lanzoni was founded in 2006 by a Ninety Nine Operations Direction in memory of former colleague David Lanzoni, died after a battle with cancer.
During the month of September, residents may notice certain members of the local police department are a little scruffier. No, the Walpole PD hasn’t forgotten how to use a razor; they are growing out their facial hair in a month-long Beard-A-Thon to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. The Jimmy Fund uses donations to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Detective Michael Benner organized the Beard-A-Thon.
Revival Home Fine Furnishings on Consignment recently made a $1,000 donation to the Breast Friends Fund in honor of owner Arlene Carr’s mother, Estrellita Quintans, who died one year ago from cancer. The donation represents a portion of the proceeds from Revival Home’s first week of sales in their new location at 588 New Park Ave., in the Home Design District of West Hartford. The Breast Friends Fund was founded by Sandy Cassanelli of Glastonbury to fund metastatic breast cancer research. To date the fund has given $96,000 to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, which represents 100 percent of all monies raised.
When it comes to raising money, North Leominster's Little Leaguers are certainly tops in 2017. District 3 Little League administrator Gretchen Haibon recently announced the Bernice Avenue youngsters raised nearly half of the district's $21,372 during this year's Jimmy Fund Tournament campaign, which culminated with North Leominster winning the Open Division title. The Leominster National 11-year-olds won the Willie Sinclair title earlier this month.
Noah Ablove loves to bake. The Westford 12-year-old especially loves to bake with his grandmother, Mary Ann Ablove, who he says taught him everything he knows. For the fifth year, she and other family members are part of Noah's Minions, a fundraising team for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk held each September to support cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
This past weekend in Falmouth the town’s 45th Annual Road Race commenced, welcoming an estimated 75,000 spectators and 12,800 official race entrants this year alone, according to the race’s website. While the race’s itself is nonprofit, some runners choose to raise money on their own or with a team to donate to various organizations. One East Longmeadow native ran on Aug. 20 on Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s team.
A group of Wellesley girls has enjoyed the summer vacationing with family and going to camp, but they’ve also carved out time to help others by stitching string bracelets that they’re selling to raise funds for research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Avery Mather, the stringleader of this Bracelets for the Brave project, says her inspiration came from the fact that she, her sister and their pals find making friendship bracelets using macrame and other techniques to be “a super fun thing to do during summer,” plus “we like to help people.”
On the sizzling summer day of Aug. 4, more than 150 spunky and jolly good fellows came out to the 32nd Steve Ronan/Tom McKay Budweiser Jimmy Fund Golf Classic at the quaint Mount Pleasant Golf Club. Each year, this event supports the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Jimmy Fund, and has raised an amazing $710,000 since its inception.
At 81 years old, Brookline resident Ronald Brown was one of the oldest cyclists to finish the two-day Pan Mass Challenge this year. This was his 23rd ride. An annual event, the Pan Mass Challenge raises money for the Dana Farber Cancer Research Institute. All rider-raised funds go directly to the institute. This year Brown raised $18,791, and donations are still trickling in. Brown first completed the challenge in 1993, and has biked the two-day, 192-mile ride from Sturbridge to Provincetown ever since.
As I was thinking about this week’s program, I found myself recalling a particular ballplayer I hadn’t seen in a couple of decades. When I’d seen him pitch in what was certainly his worst day in the Major Leagues, I’d been inclined to regard him only with sympathy. But then I heard another part of his story from someone who knew him much better than I did, and better than any of the people who’d ever bought a ticket to see him pitch. Back in 1986, when the Red Sox began to lose a World Series that had looked unlosable, Bob Stanley was on the mound for Boston. He threw a wild pitch. Unless it was a passed ball. Didn’t matter. Lots of Red Sox fans came to regard Bob Stanley as one of the guys responsible for perpetuating what was then a streak of almost 70 years without a World Series championship.
Paul, Mark and Daniel Chamberlain hail from three different generations, but they share determination and heart that literally runs in the family. Especially during this year’s New Balance Falmouth Road Race on Sunday, Aug. 20. The event, which attracts runners from around the world, will include Mark and his nephew Daniel, 19, as they run the roughly seven miles in honor of Mark’s father and Daniel’s grandfather Paul Chamberlain, 70, who was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma in 2013.
Larry Lucchino, chairman and principal owner of the Pawtucket Red Sox, Boston Red Sox president/CEO emeritus, and chairman of the Jimmy FundAugust 16, 2017
Larry is a two-time cancer survivor. In 1985, when he was vice president and general counsel of the Baltimore Orioles, Lucchino was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma at age 40. He received chemotherapy and an autologous bone marrow transplant at Dana-Farber. Then in 1999, Lucchino was diagnosed with prostate cancer, and underwent surgery at Johns Hopkins to remove the cancerous tissue. Larry has experienced the Jimmy Fund/Red Sox partnership from both sides—as a patient and as a part of the Red Sox. This is Larry’s second year at the chairman of the Jimmy Fund.
Valvoline Instant Oil Change customers can help fight cancer by contributing $1 or more to the Jimmy Fund through the “A Chance for Kids & Families” fundraiser at participating locations from July 24 through Sept. 3. The Valvoline Instant Oil Change locations at 1130 Warwick Ave. and 1600 Post Rd. in Warwick and 159 Putnam Ave. in Johnston are participating. With each contribution of $1 or more, customers will receive a guaranteed-win promotion card with prizes including vacations from Elite Island Resorts and Funjet Vacations, American Airlines AAdvantage miles, cash prizes, theme park tickets, Blue Man Group tickets, Lyft ride, and Valvoline Instant Oil Change services, as well as food prizes and gift cards from Burger King restaurants. Customers can also enter the unique code found on each promotion card at www.jimmyfund.org/acfkf for a chance to win additional prizes. Complete promotion details can be found at participating locations.
Former Bruins defensemen Gary Doak scrapped, clawed, and fought every challenge he faced on the ice. Whether it was shutting down the elite scorers of the 1970s, sacrificing his body to block a shot, or dropping the gloves in defense of a teammate, Doak was willing to do whatever it took to help his team win. Over 14 seasons, 78 playoff games, and one Stanley Cup Championship with the Bruins, the Ontario native was embraced by the city of Boston. Six years ago, Doak was faced with a new challenge: cancer. The fan favorite fought with everything he had. His positive attitude and determination in the face of such a daunting battle were an inspiration to everyone around him. On March 25, 2017, Gary Doak passed away at the age of 71.
For Len Bicknell and his wife, Dolly, there is nothing that can stop the Marshfield couple from riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge. The Bicknells might as well be race historians at this point as they just completed their 32nd race despite injury, age and even a wedding cancellation. In 2016, Len Bicknell, 67, scheduled a knee replacement for early in the year to give him enough time to recover for his 31st PMC ride. A few years prior, Dolly Bicknell pushed off a hip replacement until after the event. She had trouble walking, but she could ride a bike, making the decision easy. But the most fanatical decision to ride came when their daughter, Laura Bicknell-Carbone, had picked a wedding date on the same day as the PMC – the first weekend in August. Dolly Bicknell immediately interjected and said that Laura must change the date.
With the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon presented by Arbella Insurance Foundation fast approaching, NESN’s Adam Pellerin and Dave O’Brien made an important stop before heading to Fenway Park on Friday for the Boston Red Sox’s matchup with the Chicago White Sox. Pellerin and O’Brien both stopped at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where they met with adult patients.
Leading up to this year’s WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, presented by the Arbella Insurance Foundation, which takes place Aug. 15 and Aug. 16, NESN will air features to share the amazing stories of some of the people whose lives have been changed by the incredible work done by Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund. During Thursday’s edition of “Red Sox First Pitch,” Emerson Lotzia caught up with 7-year-old Kiara Deegan and her family. When Kiara was 2, she was diagnosed with optic pathway glioma or, in layman’s terms, an inoperable brain tumor that grows along the optic nerve.
On Aug. 5 and 6, 52 Wayland residents and 38 Weston residents participating in the Pan-Mass. Challenge (PMC) will cycle up to 192 miles with the hopes of raising $48 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Pan-Mass. Challenge is an annual bike-a-thon founded in 1980 by cyclist Billy Starr. With $547 million raised since its inception 38 years ago, the Massachusetts charity holds the record as the most fundraised athletic charity event in the world.
Next month, Jen Hathaway will participate in the annual bike ride that once saved her life and now helps to improve the lives of many others. On Aug. 6, Hathaway will be riding in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a yearly bike-a-thon in Massachusetts that sends all proceeds to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Hathaway has lived in Halfmoon since 1989, and graduated from Russell Sage College. A full-time massage therapist, she owns Back In Balance Therapeutic Massage in Clifton Park, and is the captain of the massage tent for the Lake Placid Ironman.
A game pitting two Saugus American Little League Jimmy Fund teams against each other raised more than $1,500 to support cancer care and research. Several hundred people stopped by Grabowski Field Wednesday night to watch Team Zack beat Saugus American Little League Team Two 14-8 in the annual Jimmy Fund game. The $1,500-plus generated from the fundraiser will be split between the two teams to go to the Jimmy Fund. Team Zack was named after Zachary Cummings, a 15-year-old SALL alum who is battling lymphoblastic lymphoma.
Jim Swan and his son, Noah, arrived home Monday, swapped their work clothes for spandex and hit the road. The father-and-son cycling team embarked on a 32-mile ride that took them from their home in Revonah Woods through the hills of Bedford, N.Y., and back. Jim, 52, and Noah, 18, are training for the Pan-Mass Challenge, a nearly 200-mile charity ride extending from south-central Massachusetts up to Provincetown over two days.
A Wareham woman will bike over 190 miles next weekend, joined by thousands who have been impacted by cancer. Nichole Stahmer is participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) for the fourth year Aug. 5 and 6. According to their website, the PMC's annual bike-a-thon raises more money for charity than any other athletic fundraising event in the country, with 100 percent of rider-raised money donated to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The Pan-Mass Challenge, which each year sees riders traverse nearly 200 rugged miles of Massachusetts road in support of cancer research, may itself seem a considerable undertaking. But the journey dentist Mark Moreau of Saratoga Springs plans to embark upon this summer dwarfs the typical ride in the bike-a-thon supporting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In an effort to honor his wife and daughter-and-law, both of whom he and his family lost to cancer, the 67-year-old Moreau intends to bike 500 miles starting July 29 and concluding at the end of the Pan-Mass Challenge in Provincetown, Mass. on Aug. 6. Moreau will be joined by longtime friend Larry Jenne, who once worked as a schoolteacher with Moreau's wife, Carole Moreau.
Coming off a Jimmy Fund Championship in District 5 last year, the Shrewsbury Little League 10-year-olds are back at it again this summer. Shrewsbury Little League President Dave Walker was very involved with the tournament last year as he had a 10-year-old son participate. And to Walker, fundraising for the Jimmy Fund is more important than the actual baseball being played.
Want to have a great time while also supporting those with cancer? Then head down to the Slainte Irish Pub on Union Street for the Cancer is a Drag fundraiser. On Sunday, July 23rd from 2-6pm, Joel Butler and Savannah Devereaux are hosting a drag show to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Summer is here, and that means plenty of delicious ice cream and luscious lobster! And every Tuesday until the end of summer, the Heritage Farm Ice Cream and Restaurant hosts Bike Night! On June 17, Heritage Farm, at 163 Pawtucket Blvd., and the Boston Motorcycle Marathon Ride celebrated the start of their fifth-anniversary year of Bike Night, and each Tuesday night, people flock to enjoy the famous Maine lobster roll and a cool cup of ice cream. Heritage Farm and owner Robert Howard, together with the BMMR, have raised $100,000 in the last five years for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund!
A Massachusetts bride gave her childhood friend and her family the gift of a lifetime at her wedding: a memory they would likely not otherwise have. Jessica Otto's dad, Peter Otto, has cancer for the fourth time. "He isn't doing well," Jessica Otto told ABC News, adding that he only has a month or two to live. Michaela Cook-Yotts, who has known the Otto family since she was in second grade, said it was actually her now-wife, Nora Cook-Yotts, who had the idea to give Jessica and Peter their own father-daughter dance at their wedding.
A friend’s cancer diagnosis and love of lip balm inspired two brothers in Malden to start a venture to support kids fighting the disease. It’s called Bennett Brothers Balm. The Bennett kids, 12-year-old Harry and 8-year-old Heath Bennett, whip up their lip balm recipe regularly in their kitchen. It calls for shea butter, carnauba wax and a number of special oils. A friend with Hodgkins Lymphoma prompted the effort. "I wanted to help out and just overall help him during his chemo treatment," Harry Bennett said. The brothers donate all profits to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The growing business is now a family effort with both their mother and father playing a role.
Eighty-five Cambridge residents will ride up to 192 miles in the Pan Mass Challenge, held Aug. 5-6 in Needham, with the goal of raising $48 million for critical research and cancer care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Local residents will cycle up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge On Aug. 5-6 with the goal of raising $48 million for critical research and cancer care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. During PMC weekend, more than 6,200 cyclists from more than 40 states and eight countries will return to Massachusetts to participate in the PMC, choosing from 12 routes of varying mileage that run through 46 towns. Cyclists span ages 15-84, and range from seasoned triathletes to weekend warriors, who trained for this event alone, and everything in between.
Stop & Shop stores in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut kick-offed their annual month-long fundraising campaign to support pediatric cancer research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Through July 23, Stop & Shop customers will have the opportunity to contribute to the Help Cure Childhood Cancer campaign at store checkouts. 100% of the donations raised will benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer institute and the Jimmy Fund. Dana-Farber pediatric patient Madelyn Alexander, 4, from Millis, Massachusetts, Hailey Giguere, 15, from Windsor, Connecticut, Hope Laiter, 16, from Riverside, Rhode Island and Tommy Scardina, 10, from Marshfield, Massachusetts will serve as ambassadors for the Help Cure Childhood Cancer campaign.
The 4rd annual Jason Forget Memorial Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament, which was held on June 16 at Triggs Memorial Golf Course, again saw 144 golfers compete in a best-ball format. The tournament raised $12,777 – an increase of over $1,400 from last year’s total – and the proceeds from the event were donated to the Jimmy Fund golf program. The tournament, which has now raised a total of $44,574 in its four 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.
Visitors to a number of stores throughout New England this summer will be greeted by the smiling face of Maggie Hawk, a 5-year-old from Norwell, who was chosen as the patient partner and face of the Jimmy Fund’s “Strike Out Cancer” pin-up campaign. The campaign will run from June 28 through July 18 at participating Taco Bell and KFC restaurants and from July 26 through Aug. 15 at participating The Paper Store locations, including those in Norwell and Hingham.
On Aug. 5 and 6, 54 riders from Arlington will cycle up to 192 miles in the Pan-Mass Challenge with the goal of raising $48 million for research and cancer care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
One day after The Republican published Part 3 of its series on the 50th anniversary of the "Impossible Dream" Red Sox, a local golf tournament raised $330,000 for the Jimmy Fund. "The timing of the story (June 11) couldn't have been more appropriate, because it featured Mike Andrews, one of the team's young stars, and it tied in perfectly with our tournament on June 12," said Longmeadow resident Jim Vinick. "When Mike served as director of the Jimmy Fund, he did so much to promote our events over the years." The tournament in question honors the memory of Jeffrey Vinick, a three-sport Longmeadow High School athlete who became a patient at Boston's world renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. He passed away in 1982, just short of his 19th birthday.
Between the two of them, Chad Paronto and Matt Torra have a combined 25 years experience in professional baseball in the United States. Giving back is just part of what they do. Paronto and Torra will be holding a baseball clinic to raise money for the Jimmy Fund on Thursday, July 13 at Belanger Field in Pittsfield. The times of the clinic will be determined once the number of players, ages 6-12, are registered. All proceeds will go to the Jimmy Fund. "I think both are very important," said Paronto, answering the question if teaching kids baseball or giving back to the community comes first.
Colwen Hotels management and staff raised $23,587 for the Jimmy Fund, the hotel management company recently announced. As part of the Fenway Fantasy Day event on June 3, Colwen committed to raising $17,500 and sponsored both a pediatric and adult Dana Farber cancer patient to play at Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, along with 25 Colwen employees. More than 200 employees, friends and family members came out to cheer the batters and fielders on, and at the same time raise money, exceeding their goal by more than $6,000.
The 35th annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl®, presented by Valvoline Instant Oil Change, was the most successful to date, raising more than $500,000 for the Jimmy Fund, which supports adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. More than 45,000 New Englanders congregated in downtown Boston at Government Center June 6th-8th to sample dozens of delicious ice-cream flavors.
One young teenager from Brookline is making a difference in an artistic effort to give back where he's been given a second chance. Evan Yu's artwork is being featured this month at HomeGoods stores where his artwork can be seen on a reusable shopping bags there.
Georgetown Police Chief Donald Cudmore, vice president of the Essex County Chiefs of Police Association, and Middleton Police Chief James DiGianvittorio, president of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, recently participated in their annual golf tournament at Far Corner Golf Course in Boxford. All proceeds from the golf tournament were donated to the Jimmy Fund.