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Southborough police raised $3,861 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “The money was raised through the sales of our Pink Patch, which took place during the month of October,” the department wrote on Facebook. “A big shout out goes to Officer John Officer for spearheading the Pink Patch Project this year, and for all of the supporters that purchased a Pink Patch from us.” During October, officers replaced their normal patches with a pink version and sold the patches for $10 each.
Before the Bishop Fenwick football cheerleaders begin performing their routines at the Crusaders' games next September, they will be on the big stage at Gillette Stadium showcasing a cheer before one of the New England Patriots preseason home games in August. It will mark the second time the Fenwick cheerleaders have had the privilege of doing a routine at a Pats game. The girls raised money as part of the annual Cheer For Dana-Farber fundraising program. The money raised goes to patient care and research at Dana-Farber in Boston which is one of the leading cancer centers in the world and ranked in the top four by US News and World Report for best hospitals for both pediatric and adult care for people suffering from cancer.
An Easthampton restaurant is holding its annual benefit dinner Wednesday night in support of cancer research. Despite a small kitchen fire at the restaurant on Tuesday, Nini's Ristorante opened on Wednesday and held their 6th annual Dana-Farber Benefit Dinner. They hold this fundraiser every year in honor of the owner's late father, Giovanni Daniele. Giovanni opened Nini's in 1976 and passed away after a battle with cancer in 2011. A family friend said giving back is especially important this time of year.
The Cranston Youth Girls Basketball Association recently held a fundraiser tournament dedicated to Nancy Duffy, a Cranston native that used to assist with the CLCF GALS team. In 2014, Duffy was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer and passed away after a two-year battle fighting the disease. In her honor, the CYGBA, Cranston School Department, along with teams from the Rhode Island Youth Basketball Association and local businesses such as Cool Air Creations, World Trophies and The Italian Bakery, raised over $2,900 for the Dana Farber Institute - #NancyStrong to help aid its breast cancer research.
SANTA’S BIG HELPER: Santa Claus enlisted some champion-grade help as he made a special stop in town Tuesday. The man in red teamed up with Red Sox utility man Brock Holt, paying a visit to pediatric patients at Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund clinic. While at the local hospital, Holt spent time chatting with the kids there, taking tons of photos with them and their families, and passing out a sack full of New Balance gear and Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards.
The 6th Annual Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament got underway today with the first official fishing day of the nine-day event. The Marlin Club’s 6th annual rockfish tournament will run from Friday to December 16. Boats and teams of anglers will decide to fish five of the nine days. As the name of the tournament implies, rockfish, or striped bass, will be the primary species targeted along with red drum and blue fish. The top three heaviest fish in each category will win awards and federal minimum size requirements apply for each species. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Jimmy Fund.
Rockland resident and ovarian cancer patient Lisa Kane helped the Susan F. Smith Center Executive Council to raise almost $250,000 for women’s cancers research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Kane shared her story with a group of approximately 250 women earlier this month at Beyond Boston, an educational fundraising luncheon held annually in Wellesley.
They were diagnosed with ovarian cancer 34 years apart, but for Debbie First and Lisa Kane, their stories resonate deeply with each other. Kane and First were brought together not just by the diagnosis but by their desire to help others. Both women share similar stories to start, but their journeys reflect the progress that they’ve made and the progress made with the way the disease is treated. “It’s still a scary diagnosis and we can’t take that away,” said Dr. Susana Campos of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “But I try to talk to individuals when they come in to talk to them about how much more we have today to offer them than we did in the past.”
Over the past 24 years, Boston’s financial services industry has remained steadfast in its support of cancer research through Expect Miracles Foundation–Financial Services Against Cancer. On November 7, 2018, Expect Miracles Foundation presented its 15th Annual Wine & Spirits Charity Event, with the theme “Spotlight on a Cure,” at The House of Blues, where nearly 400 financial luminaries joined together for a monumental and historic evening.
Like many police departments throughout the state, Foxborough has been taking part in the pink patch project, raising money for cancer treatment and research. The police department has now raised over $15,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and will be donating the money within the next week. The department has been fundraising since July, but about half the money was raised just in October, Detective Patrick Morrison told the Foxboro Reporter. He said Breast Cancer Awareness Month probably had a large impact on fundraising.
The Pan-Mass Challenge recently announced the results of its 2018 fundraising efforts, and quite a year it has been. The organization, which raises money for cancer research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, says it raised a record-breaking $56 million. The news was announced over the weekend at a brunch celebrating the 6,400 cyclists who took part in the PMC’s annual bike-a-thon for the charity in August. Pictured from left: Josh Bekenstein, Dana-Farber chairman of the board, co-chairman of Bain Capital, and PMC board member; Laurie H. Glimcher, president and CEO of Dana-Farber; PMC founder Billy Star; WBZ-TV news anchor Lisa Hughes; Mark Lund, WBZ-TV president and general manager; Bekah Salwasser, executive director of the Red Sox Foundation; and Robert Smith, PMC chairman of the board and managing partner of Castanea Partners.
The Cohasset Middle High School gymnasium was transformed into an 18-hole miniature golf course Sunday as local duffers took part in the Putting for Patients fundraiser for the Jimmy Fund.
After months of fundraising through the sales of their pink police patches, Foxboro Police will be donating over $15,000 to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the next week. According to Detective Patrick Morrison, who launched the pink patch project in Foxboro, police raised about half that money during the month of October alone. “That’s probably due to October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” Morrison said, noting police officers donned the pink patches in the place of their normal ones. Morrison said Foxboro Police have been fundraising since July, after they received a donation of $500 from the police union to purchase their first order of patches. Residents were able to purchase the patches in the public safety building, as well as by mail. Officers also sold pink patches at the local Stop & Shop, volunteering their time to staff tables outside the building and get the word out.
Patients from the Jimmy Fund Clinic got their own duck boat—and cheers—during the Red Sox victory paradeOctober 31, 2018
The Red Sox weren’t the only champions greeted with cheers during Wednesday’s duck boat victory parade. Max Mitchell and his family were aboard one of the boats, which was reserved just for patients of the Jimmy Fund Clinic and their families. “It was very cool,” the 8-year-old told Boston.com.
On Saturday October 20th, more than 400 guests enjoyed the amazing UnMask Cancer event, presented by The Herb Chambers Company at the Mandarin Oriental. The fifth annual event, a party-with-a-purpose included a rainforest themed evening, dinner by-the-bite, amazing cocktails, a live and silent auction and dancing. Guests could get their photos taken with a live parrot and airbrush artist was onsite to create masks on guests faces. Billy Costa, co-host of Matty in the Morning on KISS 108 and Dining Playbook on NESN hosted the live auction and country singer, Jessie Chris, Billboard’s 2018 artist to watch performed. The event has raised more than $1 million since its inception for pediatric and adult cancer care and research at Dana-Farber. VIPs included Mandarin Oriental GM Philipp Knuepfer and his wife, Julie, ace event planner, Ty Kuppig and WBZmeteorologist Sarah Wroblewski.
On Sunday, Nov. 18, nine local dancing schools will join together to host the 2nd Annual “Dance for Dana” Dance-A-Thon at the Rumney Marsh Academy Gymnasium to benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Nicole Paolo, owner of Nicole Zervas Dance Academy (NZDA), founded the event last year in honor of those who courageously fight or have lost their battle to cancer. The event exemplifies dancing for a purpose, an important philosophy at her studio that she instills in all of her students.
L.A.’s Pink’s and Boston’s Spike’s announced a charitable wager. Rival companies from different parts of the country placing friendly wagers on the fate of their local sports teams during major competitions is nothing new. We just saw Sam Adams and Brooklyn Brewery face off over the Red Sox-Yankees series. But typically, these bets are for something silly: For instance, after the Red Sox won, Brooklyn Brewery had to rename a beer in their taproom. For the World Series, however, two local hot dog joints have kicked their gambling game up a notch, choosing to wager cold, hard cash… for charity.
When Grace Bloodwell and Andrew Myerson cemented their friendship as neighbors, Bloodwell had no idea that first meeting in Charlestown would lead to her getting in the boxing ring and duking it out for charity. Yet, that’s exactly what happened last week as Bloodwell, a local realtor and governor of the Friends of City Square, was on the fight card for the 6th annual Belles of the Brawl cancer fundraiser on Oct. 17 at the House of Blues in Fenway – facing off and winning her “brawl” against Boston therapist Kristie Bezreh.
A group of local girls have rallied to support the organization that did so much for one of their friends. Caeleigh Brown of Norwood was diagnosed with leukemia in January 2017. She’s been remission since October of that year, thanks to work done through the Jimmy Fund Clinic, and she wanted to find a way to give back. Recently, Brown and a team of eight friends took part in the NE Kids Triathlon and brought in $3,500 which was donated to the clinic, far more than the $500-$1,000 they needed to raise. “It was very heartening to have donations not only from family, but also from friends showing that they care,” Brown said.
Team Jenna is a team of 30 runners (almost all Concord residents) who ran the B.A.A Half Marathon Sunday, Oct 7, to raise funds to support ovarian cancer research at Dana-Farber in memory of Jenna Hoge Swaim, who recently died from the disease. Team Jenna was the highest grossing team for fundraising for this year’s B.A.A. Half Marathon and to date has raised more than $53,000. There were some speedy runners among them, with a third-place finisher for both women and men in their respective age groups.
"I like large parties. They're so intimate. At small parties there isn't any privacy. F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby." Well, there was certainly a whole lot of laughing, partying, drinking, eating, singing, dancing, spending money and rolling the dice on Sept. 22, when Vesper Country Club hosted its third annual "The Great Gatsby Casino Night." This ritzy, glitzy extravaganza benefited Breast Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in honor of Vesper's annual Dawn to Dusk Charity Fundraiser, the popular golf marathon that takes place each summer and is organized and founded by Vesper "old sports" George Popp and Ken Kaiser, who are always smiling and happy-go-lucky. The marathon consists of the pals teeing off at 5 a.m., each walking and carrying his own golf bag, and more than 100 holes, all for cancer research! VCC President Angelo Sakelarios, has chosen this charity in recognition of the fundraiser's 10th and final anniversary.
For the seventh year in a row, the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School varsity and junior varsity field hockey teams will be raising money for breast cancer research. The fundraiser will be a part of their game against Westford Academy, Saturday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 and 7 p.m. at Leary Field. “It’s one of our biggest fundraisers,” said Acton resident Andrea Crowley. She said the teams, this year, have raised $592 towards the purchase of team shirts, and are hoping to raise far more for the Jimmy Fund. This year, the fundraiser will include a raffle. Donated merchandise and food, field hockey memorabilia will be on sale as well, with all proceeds going to the Dana-Farber Cancer and the Jimmy Fund to benefit breast cancer research.
Hingham’s Megan Johnson is running the BAA Half Marathon on Monday to raise funds for patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber. Johnson is running in honor of her friend, Jess, who lost her four-year battle with breast cancer in December of 2017. Since then, Johnson has been looking for a way to honor her memory. Jess was helped by Dana-Farber throughout her illness and fitness was an important aspect of her life, thus making running the half marathon the perfect opportunity for Johnson. Although a challenge, Johnson welcomes it as her training has given her the time to reflect on Jess’s life as well as their friendship.
Lining the walls of a former dance studio in Natick are timeless fashions now up for auction. The money will benefit metastatic breast cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Metastatic Breast Cancer is cancer that spreads outside the breast to other parts of the body. It is the only incurable form of breast cancer. The woman spearheading the effort knows, firsthand, how valuable research is. Carol Chaoui battled breast cancer in 2009, thyroid cancer in 2014 and then, in 2015, after experiencing pain in her hip, discovered that the breast cancer was back…and spreading. “To my lungs, my hips, my skull and my spine,” she said. “It had become metastatic breast cancer. And for that reason, I’m on treatment for the rest of my life.”
Warwick resident Bill Hardman is set to run the Boston Athletic Association’s Half Marathon on Oct. 7th in Boston, Massachusetts. Hardman, 63, will be running the race for charity toward the Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Institute, to help raise funds for their work in pediatric healthcare and fight to cure cancer in children and adults. Hardman will be running the race in honor of the late Hannah Wertens, who battled pediatric cancer three times before passing away from the disease at the age of 15. Wertens, a Portsmouth native, was recognized for her bravery throughout her battle, and was invited to sing God Bless America at Fenway Park in 2017.
The 12th annual Kicks for Cancer event will take place at Concord-Carlisle High School Saturday, with varsity soccer games starting as early as 10 a.m. and running into the evening with a field of 17 schools. “It just grows every year,” said Concord-Carlisle athletic director Aaron Joncas. This is his first Kicks for Cancer since he was hired to replace the retiring Barry Haley as AD, but Joncas experienced the tourney three times as an assistant boys’ soccer coach.
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, J. McLaughlin partnered with Row 34 and the Friends of Dana-Farber to host a charitable shopping event with generations of old and new J. McLaughlin fans. A multigenerational crowd sipped wine, enjoyed a raw bar from Row 34, listened to tunes by DJ Liz Ladoux and shopped fall styles in J. McLaughlin’s newly renovated Charles Street store, which is celebrating 15 years on Beacon Hill.
Six days a week, sometimes twice a day, Jillian Gundersheim trains at Everybody Fights in South Boston. Looking like a professional, she first stepped into the boxing ring a few months ago as a novice. "(It’s) definitely the hardest thing I've ever done mentally and physically, but I've learned my body will do anything my head tells it to," Gundersheim said. It was Gundersheim’s heart that led her to the gym. She is a pediatric nurse at Boston Children's Hospital and the Jimmy Fund Clinic. She said her patients, including 4-year-old Jane Gunzelmann, are her inspiration.
On September 12, 2018, J.McLaughlin on Charles Street hosted a charitable shopping event with generations of old and new J.McLaughlin fans. The crowd sipped wine, enjoyed a raw bar from Row 34, listened to tunes by DJ Liz Ladoux, and shopped fall styles in J.McLaughlin’s newly renovated Charles Street store, which is celebrating 15 years in Beacon Hill. The evening was hosted by Chef Jeremy Sewall of Island Creek Oyster Bar and Row 34, and Friends’ Board members, Gina Morda, Seth Andrea McCoy, and Alexandra Slote.
The Middleton community rallied around Lola Rose Anderson when the little girl was battling cancer. Now, her family has launched a campaign to help find a cure. While Lola Rose Anderson was fighting the cancer that would eventually take her life, Middleton residents, employees and business owners rallied around the little girl and her family. Now, they are stepping up again, this time in honor of Lola and to help fund research into childhood cancers.
Kicks for Cancer began in 2007 as a Concord-Carlisle boys soccer game against Boston Latin, played under the lights at Memorial Field, with the purpose of honoring Lois Wells, the mother of C-C assistant coach Steve Wells and raising money for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Eleven years later, it has grown into a full day of soccer, with 10 varsity games (eight boys and two girls), two JV games and field hockey games, all taking place at C-C on Saturday, Sept. 29.
Thousands of people laced up and hit the pavement with the Jimmy Fund Sunday, raising millions of dollars for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. About 9,000 patients, survivors, and family members walked the Boston Marathon course during the 30th Annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, with the goal to raise $9 million for cancer research and treatment. “We’re walking this year, like every year, for my mom, Cindy Hogan,” one participant said. “She, unfortunately, passed away about 5 years ago.”
A 10-year-old Gloucester girl who has played Little League baseball and softball here got to take to the field at Fenway Park last Saturday. Isabella "Bella" Cassettari, a West Parish Elementary School fifth-grader, was called onto the Fenway turf to present a check to the Jimmy Fund. She has raised more than $3,630 for the fund with the Gloucester Little League over the last four years. Bella earned the chance to make the on-field presentation prior to last Saturday's Red Sox game, as she raised $760 in this year's drive, making her the top fundraiser across the Little League district, according to her proud father, Anthony Cassettari. Bella collects the money each year at the Gloucester Little League's Jimmy Fund tournament, held in July, and has led the region in individual collections in each of the last three years.
The mission to fight cancer is personal for these two.
The Pan Mass Challenge Kids Rides have a new location and are looking for local youth to ride for a great cause: raising much-needed funds for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. On Sept. 30, kids aged 3 to 14 are invited to get riding in the 11th Cape Cod PMC Kids Ride, this year being held at Stony Brook Elementary School in Brewster. Ride coordinator Kirsten Deering said the 2018 event will have three different courses for toddlers to teens and that parents are welcome to accompany their kids on the trail ride. Deering has been involved with the event for many years, happily cheering on son Tyler Deschamps, who will be taking part in his sixth PMC Kids Ride this year. “He loves the event,” said Deering. “He loves what it's about. He's got the PMC spirit.”
The Hub Today's Anna Rossi meets one of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk's top fundraising teams, Kira's Kruisers.
The Winchendon Willie Sinclair baseball team, the top fundraising team in its age group across District 3 Little League, attended Saturday’s N.Y. Mets at Boston Red Sox game courtesy of free tickets awarded to the team by The Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Through multiple fundraising events, including canning at local businesses, conducting 50/50 raffles at each of their games, holding a paint night, a special “Soak your Coach” event — in which the players purchased water balloons to throw at their coaches — and a movie night/barbecue/Wiffle Ball game extravaganza at Jimmy Padeni Memorial Field, Winchendon helped strike out cancer by donating nearly $4,500 to The Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Wellesley’s own Wonder Woman — athlete, cancer survivor, and fundraiser extraordinaire — dresses to impress wherever she goes. You might see the veteran Boston Marathon runner around town training for her next race (or just to keep her energy level up), wearing her signature color, orange. Or you can spot her and husband Amin walking their beloved pups Finn and Ollie — look for her orange boots if it’s a rainy day. And nobody slides into an MRI scanner with more aplomb and looking better than she. But at Vintage Vogue, the fashion show/fund raiser at Regis College to benefit the Dana-Farber Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC) Research Center, Carol Chaoui looked especially in her element as she sashayed across the stage in an elegant yellow and gold brocade boatneck shift with three-quarter sleeves.
Tuesday's Wake Up Call comes from the Jimmy Fund Walk.
More than 400 children took to their bicycles for a ride against cancer in Lexington on Sunday. The fourth annual Lexington Pan-Mass Challenge Kids Ride set a goal of raising $100,000 for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The young cyclists exceeded their goal, raising $118,000 at Sunday’s event. The ride also honored local pediatric oncology patients Norah Weeks and Hugh Clivaz, two Lexington residents who have been battling cancer for three years, according to the PMC website.
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.
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.