In the News
A total of 118 young riders turned out at Cashman Park on Sunday for the seventh annual Greater Newburyport PMC Kids Ride, marking the event’s most successful ride yet. The PMC Kids Ride is designed to give children the opportunity to do something to aid in the fight against cancer just like adults do in the larger Pan Mass Challenge. Last year, PMC Kids Rides raised about $850,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund, with PMC donating each rider-raised dollar. The money goes directly to patient care and research at Dana-Farber. This year’s mini bike-a-thon in Newburyport brought local residents from age 3 to 13, raising almost $10,000.
The Red Sox tipped their baseball caps to the Pan-Mass Challenge with a special pregame ceremony during PMC Day at Fenway Park. Local cancer patients and survivors took to the Green Monster to reveal this year’s fundraising goal of $52 million. Other folks who were at the ballpark for some on-field activities: Billy Starr, founder and executive director of Pan-Mass Challenge; Larry Lucchino, chairman of the Jimmy Fund; Jonathan Gilula, executive vice president of business affairs for the Red Sox; Bekah Salwasser, executive director of the Red Sox Foundation; and Sam Kennedy, president and CEO of the Red Sox.
'Nothing like a day on the lake': Families gather on Onota Lake for Harry A. Bateman Memorial Fishing DerbyJune 07, 2018
As anyone who's ever dropped a line into the water knows, there's a certain allure to fishing that's much bigger than the fish. Each person casting along the shore or boating out on Onota Lake during Saturday's Harry A. Bateman Memorial Jimmy Fund Fishing Derby found a purpose in being there. For Erica Haberern, it's about watching her 10-year-old daughter, Casey Haberern, become a tenacious sportswoman. The girl began her morning seated in a chair set up on the grass, asking for help or for someone else to watch her line. By the end of the first hour, she had kicked off her shoes and stood barefoot at the water's edge pulling in her own fish and walking them on her own to the weigh-in station.
A 13-year-old Melrose girl on Thursday showed off her artwork being featured on a HomeGoods reusable shopping bag. Sarah Podradchik, who has a rare brain tumor known as a germinoma, was in Allston to celebrate the limited edition bag. The bag takes on special meaning because every time it is purchased for 99 cents, half of the proceeds will go to the Jimmy Fund. And the bags are being sold in HomeGoods stores across the country.
The Basile family, owners of Catania Oils, will host their 29th Annual Basile Family Memorial Golf Tournament on June 25 at the world-renowned International Golf Club and Resort in Bolton. Since 1989, the Basile family, friends, employees and business associates have come together for a day of golf to raise funds for The Jimmy Fund and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. To date, over $600,000 has been donated to support these institutions and the Basile family hopes to raise an additional $100,000 at this year's event.The tournament began after Joseph and Stephen, the fourth generation of Catania Oils, lost their uncle to Leukemia.
If you happen upon or deliberately attend the 12th annual South Shore PMC Kids Ride on Sunday, June 10 at Wompatuck State Park, take a good look around you. Look at the kids who are riding their bikes, running around playing or enjoying the many activities geared toward a day of fun. Sometimes it’s easy, but often it is hard to tell which children are in the middle of the fight for their lives, or joyfully on the other side of lengthy, often painful and very taxing treatments. Children are so resilient and it is inspiring and truly beautiful to watch them do something outside of their comfort zone, or simply embrace the joy in a day or just a moment, regardless of their challenge.
The cast of Greater Boston Stage Company’s production of “Calendar Girls” reads like a who’s who of some of Boston’s best actresses: Maureen Brennan, Sarah deLima, Kerry Dowling, Karen MacDonald, Cheryl McMahon, Bobbie Steinbach, and Kathy St. George, as well as Nancy E. Carroll, who is directing. “Auditioning for this show was irresistible,” says deLima, “because it celebrates women’s friendships. These women enjoy each other’s company, get on each other’s nerves, and care deeply for one another. They are ordinary people doing something extraordinary.”
The 36th Annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl is an event held in Boston every summer to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. If you are in Boston this summer, this is an event that you will not want to miss, so we're giving you four reasons to mark your calendars and buy a ticket for this year's Scooper Bowl.
A waitress returns to the table after clearing dinner plates and stacking side dishes. She looks around and asks if anyone would like to see the dessert menu. Indistinguishable glances are exchanged across the table, as if no one was expecting to be asked such a question. Eventually someone steps up and says what everybody’s thinking: “Yes, of course we’d like to see what’s on the dessert menu.” Starting next week, that question will be even easier to answer, because dessert proceeds at select Island restaurants will be donated to cancer research.
What do you do when you get married, buy your first house and then doctors tell you that you have six months to live? You start an ice cream company, of course. Prior to my diagnosis, I had a successful career in the food-and-beverage and consumer-goods industries, including long stints at PowerBar, Pepsi and Saucony. But around 2013 I started feeling restless. I wanted something new -- something to call my own. But what?
Bruins legends traded in their sticks and pucks for bowling balls and pins Sunday to help strike out cancer. The Bruins Foundation Pan-Mass bike team held their third annual “Bowl with a Bruin” at Wamesit Lanes in Tewksbury to raise money for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “I have to say this is the biggest gathering of alumni that I’ve ever seen since I’ve been associated with the alumni,” said Bob Sweeney, executive director of the Bruins Foundation. Each team of four was matched up with a former Bruins player or a local celebrity.
Fan favorite Red Sox Pitcher Joe Kelly was greeted by stomping feet and screaming students with smiles plastered across their faces, as he entered the Furnace Brook Middle School gym Friday morning. As the chatter died down, Kelly had one important thing to say: thank you. Kelly was the special guest at the Jimmy Fund’s Rally Against Cancer at the school, a prize students won by raising more money for the charity than 80 other schools this spring. Furnace Brook students raised almost $24,000 in two months for the Jimmy Fund, which has partnered with the Boston Red Sox for more than 60 years.
Red Sox reliever Joe Kelly, a fan favorite since he brawled with Yankees player Tyler Austin, paid a visit to Marshfield’s Furnace Brook Middle School to congratulate students on their fund-raising for the Jimmy Fund. The Furnace Brook team raised more than $23,000 for the Jimmy Fund, which supports adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Over the past eight years, Furnace Brook students have raised more than $149,000 in total.
The past 5 years, North Kingstown has been home to a very special event. The "Jog for Julie and Dana-Farber" fundraiser brings North Kingstown, Jamestown, and Southern Rhode Island families together to raise awareness for the work of Dana-Farber in Boston, and to remember a dedicated mother, wife, and wonderful person who lost her battle to cancer – Julie Swistak Maloney. It has been a great honor to help promote as well as participate in this event over the past few years.
The second annual Sandwich PMC Kids Ride, which steps off May 20, will honor a very special participant: four-year-old Isaac Shrauger of Centerville. Geared for cyclists ranging in age from 3 to 14, the fundraising event offers youngsters a tangible way to join the fight against cancer like their adult counterparts in the “Big PMC” each August. Bikes and trikes will depart from the Sandwich Harbormaster’s Office parking lot and span the route of the Cape Cod Canal path. The supervised ride will offer various routes for different abilities. All proceeds raised by the youth riders will benefit cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston -- a place that has become very familiar to the Shrauger family.
Hundreds of runners assembled this past Mother’s Day for the 2018 Somerville’s M.O.M.’s Run at the George Dilboy VFW Post that’s located 371 Summer Street in Davis Square. This year’s M.O.M.’s Run included a Kids 0.1 Mile at 9:30 AM, a Walkers 5K at 9:45 AM and the Runners 5K at 10:00 AM. About the Mary O’Brien Memorial Run: In the past 16 years, M.O.M.’s Run has raised over $200,000 benefiting the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
This August, thousands of bikers will head out on a 2-day trek across Massachusetts for the Pan-Mass Challenge. Before the big ride, Michael Davidian of Northborough throws a big fundraiser. This year’s third annual “PMC Farm Fest” will be held on June 2-3 at his family’s 200-acre farm. The event features face painting, a petting zoo (including a camel!), live bands, and hot air balloon rides. The fun continues once the sun sets with an outdoor movie and people are invited to camp out under the stars in the family’s peach orchard.
The McCarthy Strong 5K walk and run returns May 19, organized by the family of Stratham resident Stephen McCarthy, who died of pancreatic cancer three years ago. The 5K, in its fourth year, is set for 11 a.m. at Marston School. Participants can register that day starting at 10 a.m. or at www.mccarthystrong.org. Nina McCarthy, Stephen’s wife, said her late husband would be proud to see how much the event has grown. Almost 400 people participated last year to raise $45,880 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Jimmy Fund, totaling $93,258 in three years. “This is what Stephen wanted,” Nina said. “It’s started with Stephen, and now. .. instead of just walking for Stephen, we feel like we are walking for everyone that has been affected by this horrible disease.”
Since 2010, Wilson Farm has brought together a team of family members, employees and friends to ride in the Pan-Mass Challenge. The challenge is a 190-mile, two-day bike-a-thon devoted to finding a cure for cancer. In 2008 Alan Wilson lost his battle with cancer and Team Wilson rode their first PMC in 2010 in his honor. Everyone on the team rides for something different. Some ride in support of the team, others for those still fighting and others for the memory of friends and loved ones. For the first time, Team Wilson has joined the PMC’s Pedal Partner Program. This program allows for cyclists to connect with patients who are being treated at the Jimmy Fund Clinic. For the children, being a Pedal Partner is an opportunity that brings joy to their lives as they undergo cancer treatments. Team Wilson has been paired with Maria, a 6-year-old of Cambridge.
Easton’s fifth Annual Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) Kids Ride on April 28th at the Parkview Elementary School raised $51,000 to donate to the Dana- Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund. Some 356 young riders and 117 volunteers took part. “We are thankful for the generosity of our sponsors and dedication of all the hardworking volunteers, including our location host Parkview School and all our school administrators and town supporters without whom this mini bike-a-thon event would not be possible,” said Julie Paquin of Easton’s PMC Kids Ride.
The Jim Leger Memorial Golf Tournament is much more than your quintessential day on the links with friends. It is a fundraiser that has raised $40,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute over the last four years, while also remembering the immense athletic contributions of James Michael Leger, who was a well-known North Shore coach in multiple sports for decades. The annual event consists of a nine-hole golf tournament that segues into a dinner complete with entertainment and raffles that attracts around 175 supporters. At its core, however, it’s an event created in honor of Leger, who passed away from complications related to lymphoma in 2014. Leger grew up in Melrose, and later raised his family in Saugus. He coached softball, baseball, basketball and hockey teams as a labor of love.
This week, a tale of two tales, that being two excellent reasons to celebrate survival. One will likely help you catch some fish, the other will help you appreciate and celebrate them. The Yak Patrol Kayak Clash to benefit the Jimmy Fund is in Fairhaven and the Pawcatuck River will host lots of people to celebrate World Fish Migration Day.
Food, music, show tunes — what more could you ask for on a weekday evening? “Jersey Boys” and “Madam Secretary” star Erich Bergen emcees the 11th annual Music Heals the Soul fund-raiser at the Fairmount Copley Plaza Hotel on Tuesday, May 1. The concert and dinner benefit the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies and Healthy Living at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The center offers holistic therapies such as massage, acupuncture, and music therapy to alleviate patients’ cancer-related symptoms and improve quality of life.
Jess Ko-Beck views the Lincoln-Sudbury PMC Kids Ride as a way to teach her children about the importance of giving back to the community. “There are other people who are less fortunate than us who could use our help,” she said. “I’m hoping the idea will catch on.” Organized by Lincoln residents Patty Levy and her son, Will, the fourth annual Lincoln-Sudbury PMC Kids Ride will take place April 29 at the Lincoln School campus on Ballfield Road in Lincoln. All donations go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Insititute. Over the last three years, the Lincoln-Sudbury ride has raised more than $25,000, Levy said.
Cancer couldn’t stop Mary Shertenlieb and neither could a lot of rain, wind and cold weather. Shertenlieb, the wife of Rich from the Toucher & Rich Show on 98.5 The Sports Hub, crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon early Tuesday morning, completing an emotional end to a very long journey. Five years ago Mary Shertenlieb received a devastating diagnosis of leukemia. She beat it, even after two relapses and a stem cell transplant. She decided to run the 2018 Boston Marathon to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The 2018 Suffield Pan Mass Challenge Kids Ride will be held on May 12, 2018 at the McAlister School in Suffield, CT. This will be the 7th Suffield PMC Kids Ride and the response has been overwhelming. Over 900 riders have taken part and together with connected events, the Suffield PMC Kids Ride has raised over $190,000 for The Jimmy Fund and the fight against cancer. Combined with a pasta dinner, ongoing can/bottle drive and other efforts, $51,000 was raised in 2017 alone. Both rider numbers and the amount raised have both increased in each year. 100% of all proceeds go to The Jimmy Fund.
Leesburg resident Lynda Cowin Nijensohn will be one of 30,000 people running in the 122nd Boston Marathon Monday, but you wouldn’t know it because of the name on her singlet. The name she wants people to notice, remember and chant during the race is Wendy Daniels Koontz. In a Facebook post Thursday, Nijensohn wrote, “I will be ‘WENDY’ on race day. I will gladly hear others yell Wendy as I run. She will be with me in mind, spirit and soul! Wendy passed away recently on March 29th at the young age of 40 after a brave fight against brain cancer. This is for you Chad Daniels, your sister’s beautiful children, your wonderful parents, her loving husband and all of Wendy’s dear friends and family. Let’s find a cure to stop this unbearable pain.” Chad Daniels said this will be the first time he watches the Boston Marathon and attributes that to what Nijensohn is doing in remembrance of his sister.
Seventeen-year-old Maggie, a Jimmy Fund Clinic patient from Groveland got a picture with Red Sox catcher Blake Swihart, Wally the Green Monster, and Jimmy Fund captain Brock Holt on Friday. In addition to snapping selfies with patients, the players brought pizza and ice cream to the Dana-Farber Jimmy Fund Clinic for One Boston Day.
When Kim Luccini gathers in her assigned corral among the thousands in Hopkinton Monday to run her first Boston Marathon, a distance of just over 26 miles will lie between her and her goal of finishing the 122nd edition of the world’s oldest and most prestigious marathon. But the journey that will unfold for her on Patriots’ Day is nothing compared to the improbable course that the Franklin resident traversed to get to the starting line in the first place.
On April 16, Arlington residents are running to conquer cancer as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team in the 122nd Boston Marathon. Along with more than 500 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge teammates from across the United States and around the world, they will run Massachusetts’ historic marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston to raise $5.5 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Furnace Brook Middle School has won the Jimmy Fund’s Rally Against Cancer each of the seven times they’ve entered, and this year they’re hoping to maintain their perfect batting average with another home run fundraising effort. The school’s Student Council, led by advisors Laurie Higgins and Scott Brenner, organized a number of different fundraisers for the rally, including a pizza bowl on March 28 that raised more than $4,000 through admission and basket raffles. The top fundraising school, as Marshfield has been seven times, wins a school visit from a Red Sox player. Through 2016, the last time they attempted the rally, FBMS has raised over $125,000 for The Jimmy Fund.
Grilled Cheese Weekend at Wilson Farm takes place Saturday and Sunday, April 14th-15th between 11a-4p. 100% of the proceeds will got to Team Wilson's Ride at this year's Pan-Mass Challenge, which benefits the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. I've been to their Grilled Cheese Weekend before and it's spectacular. The Chef/Master Chef of France, Raymond Ost will be there, meeting people and preparing many different varieties of grilled cheese sandwiches.
The Marshfield High School student council hosted a mini golf fundraiser benefitting The Jimmy Fund on Friday, April 6.
Sharon and Jessi Tassini were sitting in a Wellesley coffee shop after their 18-mile morning training run which took them across the fabled hills of the Boston Marathon course and back again. April 16 will mark Sharon Tassini’s fifteenth Boston Marathon and tenth as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team, but it will be her first marathon as part of a mother-daughter team. “I’ve enjoyed every bit of it, even our squabbles,” daughter Jessi Tassini said with a laugh. Her mom added, “Even though we might snap at one another out there, there is nothing better than sharing something you like to do with your child, and it has absolutely brought us closer.”
This Sunday morning will mark the ninth annual Meghan McCarthy Memorial 5K Road/Walk Event to be held at Tewksbury Memorial High School. Since the passing of the 17-year-old, this event and other fundraisers have helped to raise over $800,000. “When Meghan was diagnosed in 2007 there had been no advances in brain cancer for ten years,” said Meghan’s mother, Lee. “Since her passing great strides have been made and through our fundraisers almost $800,000 has been raised.”
Georgetown students recently hit the catwalk to showcase their fashion sense and raise money to fight cancer. Launched six years ago by a group of students at Central Catholic High School, the annual Catwalk4Cancer event has expanded to other schools, including Georgetown Middle High School to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute -- specifically its pediatric cancer research and patient care programs.
Race organizer, Margot Hayes, and everyone else bundled up, on a cold St. Patrick's Day afternoon as part of the "Dash for a Cure"! Hayes held this fun event as part of her fundraising as she will be running in the Boston Marathon as part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team benefiting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute / Claudia Barr Adams Program. The money raised from the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team goes directly to innovative cancer research and Hayes' goal is to raise $13,100 for cancer research this year.
The second annual Sandwich Pan-Mass Challenge Kids Ride is scheduled for Sunday, May 20, and registration is now open. This years ride will be in honor of Pedal Partner Isaac Shrauger, a four year old from Centerville who is currently undergoing treatment at the Jimmy Fund Clinic at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Event organizer Kevin Sareault explains that this is based on the annual 100 mile Pan-Mass adult ride. “The kids ride is a logical extension of that. It allows kids to do their part to help fund and find a cure for cancer by riding their own bikes.” The goal of both is raising money for cancer research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Walking with Jane, a nonprofit named for a beloved Westport High School teacher who died of a rare cancer, will host a spaghetti dinner April 30 to support its Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk team. The dinner at Lyrics Bar & Grill, 4 Stafford Road in Tiverton, Rhode Island, will run from 4 to 9 p.m. Dinner includes a salad as well as spaghetti and meatballs. Singer Steven Rodrigues and comedian Bernie Perrotty will provide live entertainment. Fall River Outstanding Teen Julia Hurley will also entertain with her saxophone. The $12 price does not include beverages, dessert or tip. Take-out orders are available.
The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will benefit from the money raised during Saturday's first annual Smith Vocational 5K Run/Walk The Northampton gardens was the setting for the inaugural event that attracted dozens of participants. For a first time event, organizers were pleased with the results. Adam Linkenhoker, the events organizer told 22News how much it meant to him, "It means the world to me, here today to raise money for Dana Farber and for cancer research. And we have friends who are fighting cancer."
On April 16, Peter Lorinser will be running his third Boston Marathon for a very special cause: finding cures for cancer. On Patriots Day, which is better known to many us as Marathon Monday, Peter is running the 2018 Boston Marathon as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) team.
Family, friends and co-workers from Pugatch Realty, and some are both, gathered at the Woodmere Club in Woodmere on March 18 to remember Lori Lewis, who lost her battle with breast cancer. Fatima Smith and Lori’s partner Ian Leigh organized the event that was part remembrance of Lewis and part fundraiser to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. The Sunday brunch included skillet items made to order, omelets, bagels, salads, cookies, fruit and beverages ranging from coffee and tea to beer, wine, mimosas, Bellini cocktails, and Bloody Marys made to order.
Geoffrey Goose has skipped a lot of school lately. He’s been late with homework, he’s missing basketball practice, and yes, he’s taking drugs. This damn cancer is really messing up his sophomore year. Goose’s hair falls out in the shower. He gets headaches and worries they’re a sign of something worse. With chemotherapy pills, IVs and steroids, he’s taking something like nine different medications each day. “I think I’m just kind of in a blur where I’ve been spacing out a lot,” he said. “People will ask me, ‘Are you OK? Are you thinking (about it)?’ And I’m like, ‘No.’ I don’t think it’s caught up to me yet.”
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got a buzz cut for a cancer research institute. Brady was the mystery guest at Thursday’s “Saving by Shaving” annual fundraiser for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Brady showed off his new look on Instagram after his long, brown hair was shaved down with a razor.
Auburn native Cathy Troisi will be 72 next month, and on April 16 she will "do" the Boston Marathon course for her 50th time. "I never say the word 'run,' I say 'do' marathons," she said. "The marathon scene for me, is when I feel most me, or at least the me I think I was before my daughter was diagnosed and everything that happened in the next two years." Troisi's daughter, Kim Troisi-Paton, was diagnosed with colon cancer at age 35. That's when Cathy, who then lived year-round in Seneca Falls, packed up her belongings and moved to Cohoes outside of Albany to be with her daughter and two grandchildren.
The “Georgia Has Talent” show, an annual event showcasing different artists in and around Cherokee County has acts competing for the most dollars raised for cancer research Saturday. Held by the Beat Out Cancer club at the Cherokee High School auditorium, the winner is based on which person or group raises the most money, and there is a panel of judges who also make a selection. The talent show’s proceeds benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a cancer therapy and research center based in Boston.
On April 16, Killam Teacher Kate Splaine will join hundreds of Dana-Farber runners to participate in the 122nd Boston Marathon®. One hundred percent of every dollar raised by the this team supports the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The DFMC team runs and raises funds with thousands of special people in mind. From Hopkinton to Boston, each individual runner carries thoughts of those people every step of the way. For Kate, she will be running in honor of her student Kyle Koster, who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) last fall at the age of 8.
On Sunday, March 18, members of the community and their families will flock to the Medfield High School gymnasium at 1 p.m. to support the Jimmy Fund with Putting for Patients. The event will feature a long putt contest, opportunity drawing, free caricaturist, free face painting, free henna tattoos, photo booth and, of course, an 18-hole mini golf course. Admission is adults for $20, kids for $15; however, for those who pre-register, all players cost $15 each.
On February 10, 2018 Dana-Farber Cancer Institute held its 27th Annual Discovery Celebration at The Breakers Palm Beach. More than 600 civic, business, and philanthropic leaders from South Florida and New England were in attendance. Guests enjoyed this exclusive cocktail party with fine dining and dancing. The evening featured a musical performance by two-time Grammy Award-winning recording artist, Academy Award-winning actress and best-selling author, Jennifer Hudson. The event raised more than $2.7 million to support the mission for cancer care and research at Dana-Farber.
Grammy-winning singer Jennifer Hudson dazzled a crowd of more than 600 with her rendition of “Alleluia” Saturday evening at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s 27th annual Discovery Celebration at the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Fla. Phyllis and Paul Fireman , Tom Quick , and Roberta and Stephen Weiner were among the co-chairs of the event. Other locals in attendance included the CEO of Suffolk Construction Co., John Fish ; Russell Robbat and wife Laura ; hotelier Bob Sage ; former Partners HealthCare chairman Jack Connors ; Howard Kessler and wife Michele ; publicist George Regan ; and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s CEO, Dr. Laurie Glimcher . The event, chaired by Phyllis Krock, a Dana-Farber trustee, raised $2.8 million to support patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber.