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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.
Natick resident Luke Iorio, 6, was named a patient partner for the Grand Slam Savings for a Great Cause fundraiser, Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo’s annual campaign that benefits the Jimmy Fund to support patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. As a patient partner, Iorio will meet many Papa Gino’s and D’Angelo employees and will appear in marketing materials, including social media, to help promote the fundraising campaign. The patient partner program at the Jimmy Fund helps to inspire the community to give by putting a face to the patients treated at Dana-Farber that benefit from their generosity.
For the second year in a row, Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. visited Fisher Elementary School in Walpole. “Y’all (have) done it again,” the Virginia-born Bradley told a packed auditorium of students Monday morning, after the cheering died down. “It’s amazing. It shows y’all really care, and that’s really special.” A visit from a Red Sox player is the annual grand prize for top fundraisers in the Rally for the Jimmy Fund contest, which raises money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. A spokesperson for the Institute said 100 schools participated this year.
Six-year-old Adrian Karuku, of Abington, was named a patient partner for this year’s John Hancock Fenway Fantasy Day to benefit the Jimmy Fund. This event attracts fans of all ages to experience the excitement of playing at Fenway while fundraising for the Jimmy Fund. Participants sponsor a Dana-Farber patient to give them special on-field playing access and make their baseball dreams come true. Adrian was diagnosed with neuroblastoma and is treated at Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic. He enjoys baseball and swimming.
A Somerville cancer survivor and rider in the upcoming Pan-Mass Challenge was honored by the Red Sox at Fenway Park Saturday. Betsy Bowman was one of the PMC "Living Proof" riders – participants who have gone through or are currently undergoing cancer treatment – recognized by the team at PMC Day ahead of the Sox-Tigers game.
From June 9 through July 27 local theatre patrons can give to the Jimmy Fund by putting money into passed canisters as part of the 68th annual Jimmy Fund/Variety Children’s Charity Theatre Collections at participating National Amusements and Apple Cinema theatres in Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Connecticut and Ohio. Since 1949, participating movie theaters have shown a brief Jimmy Fund movie trailer before the start of feature films. After the trailer, volunteers and theater personnel invite guests to contribute to the Jimmy Fund by passing collection canisters through the audience.
Support finding a cure for cancer one trivia question at a time! On Friday, June 16, the Steps for Life team will hold its third annual Trivia Night fundraiser to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund for cancer research.
A Boston tradition, The Scooper Bowl serves up ice cream from the nation's leading ice cream companies. And while all of the ice cream companies involved are thrilled to support Dana Farber Cancer Institute's mission and fundraising goals at this delicious event, the cause hit a little closer to home for one company in particular. That's because Vice Cream's Owner Dan Schorr knows what it means to battle cancer head on. So he brought a few of his 'Survivor' friends to help demonstrate his passion for the cause and his own mission to live life and dig in. NESN's Dirty Water TV has the yummy - and inspiring - details.
The 35th Annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl is underway! Jimmy Fund chairman Larry Lucchino and Boston Red Sox wives, with the help of 4-year-old cancer patient Maddie Alexander, kicked off the annual event at Boston City Hall Plaza with a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon. The three-day ice cream festival supports cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The Steps for Life Team will hold its third annual Trivia Night Fundraiser, benefitting the Dana-Farber Jimmy Fund for Cancer Research, at 6:30 p.m. June 16 at the Canton Town Club, 300 Bailey St. The event will feature a cash bar. Pizza will be provided by Stone L’Oven and teams are also invited to bring their own snacks. Opportunity drawings will be held for prizes including Red Sox tickets and several entertainment venues and businesses. Gold, silver and bronze awards will be given to the top three teams. The Steps for Life team consists of individuals walking the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk on Sept. 24. The funds raised through the walk enable leaders at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to apply funds rapidly when new research opportunities arise.
Twenty-four year years ago a friend who had lost her mother to breast cancer asked Jackie Temple if she wanted to ride the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) with her. It was 90 miles over two days, from Sturbridge to Provincetown. It sounded fun, so Temple, a Scituate resident, said she was in. “Little did I know then that that was the beginning of my long journey with the PMC,” she said. “I rode that year, and for five consecutive years, until I had my first baby, and then after taking a few years off, rode for another few years. Due to various back and shoulder injuries, I no longer ride the PMC, but am committed to the cause.”
On April 26, 2017, the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber held their annual Executive Council breakfast. The event is expected to raise more than $250,000 for women’s cancers research at Dana-Farber and was attended by 250 women at the Mandarin Oriental. The title of the breakfast was The Promise of Immunotherapy in the Fight Against Women’s Cancers.
Emma Bechert of Bedford was an active community member through church and Girl Scouts and was often seen in productions at the Palace Theatre, even as she battled brain cancer for most of her life. She also helped lead Team Emma’s Enchantment, which raised more than $1 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, by cycling in the Pan-Mass Challenge. On Aug. 21, 2016, Emma died at the age of 14. Her memory will be honored at the first annual Greater Manchester Pan-Mass Challenge Kids Ride on the campus of St. Anselm College on Sunday, June 4, from 9 a.m. to noon.
Nothing brings a community together for a good cause like food. And the sweeter, the better. This is something four Scituate High School juniors – Emily Whitman, Lauren Montgomery, Siobhan Callahan, and Kayln Anderson – know all too well, and it gave them the idea for their Community Service Learning class project. “In this class, we take community issues that we believe need to be addressed and create projects,” Whitman said. “My group and I are hosting a cupcake decorating contest to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. We specifically made the event friendly to all ages in order to create a whole community event. We came up with the idea of cupcakes because we wanted to do something that was food oriented that would appeal to all ages.”
The idea for the Acton-Boxboro-Maynard PMC Kids Ride came originally from Dana Greenberg, who lost her mother to breast cancer. “This is a way of having her grandchildren honor her without even knowing her. I am going on my seventh adult PMC this year,” said Greenberg, whose children Johnny and Kailah Greenberg, have done a presentation to their elementary school assemblies over the past few years to spread the word about the local ride. Joining in to help launch the event were fellow mothers Mary Lavene, Leigh D’Agostine, and Jenn Campbell. The fifth annual Acton-Boxboro-Maynard PMC Kids Ride will hit the pavement (rain or shine) this Sunday, June 4, at NARA Park, at 25 Ledge Rock Way in Acton.
Although he was coping with a cancer diagnosis in 2010, Needham resident Dan Schorr decided to push forward with his plan to create a sweet new ice cream business and bring joy to others. The long-time food industry professional’s frozen dessert, called Vice Cream, will be featured at next week’s Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl from June 6-8 at City Hall Plaza. While thousands flock to this annual fundraiser, Schorr has special reason to be involved, as he was a patient at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Having been cleared of cancer in 2016, he now does all he can to give back while helping everyone enjoy each day a little more with his sweet frozen treats.
As the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) South Shore Kids Ride gears up for its 11th annual ride on Sunday, June 11 at Wompatuck State Park, there is so much that needs to get done to make the day a success. Sponsors, ranging from large corporations to emerging businesses and schools, are an integral part of the team of volunteers and fundraisers that make the day safe, meaningful and enjoyable for everyone.
Cancer hit too close to home for Heather Hasz. Twice. When she was 23, and five months pregnant, her first husband, Rick Marceau, died. He had colon cancer. Her mother died of cancer when Hasz was a teen. Fast forward several years. She and her present husband, Earl Hasz, worked at a company that supports the Pan-Mass Challenge. During the PMC, thousands of cyclists ride in eastern Massachusetts and on the Cape to raise money for the Jimmy Fund/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Hasz family became PMC supporters. Earl will ride for the 10th time this summer. He will be joined by his son Ethan, 16, who will be on his third ride. The effort is tremendous.
While Ashley Bottoms is pedaling her way along a nearly 50-mile bike-a-thon route in early August, photos of two cancer victims will be attached to a pouch at the front of her bicycle. They will serve as a constant reminder of why she’s enduring the course – raising money for cancer treatment and research to help others – and keep her motivated. Bottoms will be participating in the Pan-Mass Challenge, a popular bike-a-thon that draws thousands of cyclists every year to raise money for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.
When Medfield resident Alex Bair passed away in 2015, his classmates at Wheaton College were so inspired by his example, they created a video expounding his virtues. “He wanted to be the best version of himself all the time,” Alex’s mother, Alma Bair, said. “Whatever level he reached, he wanted to go higher.” In the video, classmates call him passionate, determined, full of life, enthusiastic, loyal to his friends, and funny.
More than 200 riders saddled up for the 6th annual Kids Pan-Mass Challenge on May 13, which brought in $42,811 in donations. All donations will support research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in Boston.
The Annual Cape & Islands Bakes for Breast Cancer starts on June 5 and continues through June 11. Approximately 200 restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries and cafes throughout Massachusetts will participate across the state. All Roche Brothers locations will participate from June 5-11.
The Pan-Mass Challenge celebrated the fund-raising success of its Heavy Hitters at a gala at the InterContinental on Friday. Notable attendees included Pan-Mass Challenge founder Billy Starr; Dana-Farber president and CEO Dr. Laurie Glimcher; Dr. Mark Kieran, director of pediatric medical neuro-oncology at Dana-Farber; Josh Bekenstein, chairman of the board of trustees at Dana-Farber; Lisa Hughes of WBZ-TV; local philanthropist Ashley Bernon; and Samantha Janower, a 16-year-old pediatric cancer survivor who shared her inspiring story with the audience at the event.
Mini-golf is a time-honored summer tradition that got off to an early start in Pembroke, as Putting for Patients was held in the Pembroke High School gym Friday, May 5 to help raise money for The Jimmy Fund. The Pembroke High School Student Council helped run the event for The Jimmy Fund, a charity that has been largely associated with the Boston Red Sox since 1953.
Needham’s Ryan Coffey, 25, will be boxing in the upcoming Haymakers for Hope Rock N’ Rumble to help raise funds for cancer research. Coffey, 25, who grew up in town, is a media advertising account executive. He will fight in the light-heavyweight division (175 pounds). The Times spoke with Coffey about his upcoming match that will take place May 18 at the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street in Boston.
Sophomore twin-sisters have opted to take on the challenge of bringing something special to Norwich. The girls, Hannah and Brenna Baker, have participated in the PMC in Rhode Island for many years and are now coordinating the Second Annual PMC (Pan-Mass Challenge) Kids Bike Ride in Norwich.
The Massachusetts Bay Coaches Association (MBCA), in conjunction with the John Hancock Fantasy Day at Fenway Park, will co-sponsor four sectional High School All-Stars Home Run Derbies on May 7. Pledges and donations will benefit The Jimmy Fund, and winners will face the Green Monster of Fenway Park on Saturday, June 3.
The 18th Annual Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer starts on Monday, May 8 and continues through Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14. Approximately 200 restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries and cafes throughout Massachusetts will participate across the state. All Roche Brothers locations will participate from May 5-11.
The Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School cosmetology program raised $1,800 for four Franklin runners who participated in the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge 2017. The third annual Cut-A-Thon and Style-A-Thon was held on April 13. Students in the high school and postsecondary cosmetology programs, along with alumni, raised funds to support local Franklin runners Bonnie Cameron in her first Boston Marathon; Cameron’s daughters Katie and Kerry Cameron; and Cameron’s cousin Micaela Cameron. They all ran on Team Dana-Farber in the Boston Marathon.
FoMu, an Allston-based ice cream shop, and El Pelon Taqueria in Brighton will participate in Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer, running May 8-14. Establishments around the city have the option of donating the proceeds of one specific dessert or, like El Pelon Taqueria, 50 percent of the proceeds of all deserts to support breast cancer care and research. This year’s recipient will be the research of Dr. Shom Goel at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which focuses on combining immunotherapy and a new class of drugs to more effectively treat breast cancer.
The first annual Reason 2 Run on Sunday raised just over $6,000 toward cancer research. The one mile run/walk that began and ended in Endicott Park drew in 182 registrations, according to Steve Couture, who coordinated the event with David Benson.
The Pembroke High School Student Council will host the Putting for Patients Event from 4 to 7 p.m. May 5 in the Pembroke High School Gymnasium, 80 Learning Lane. Some of the event highlights will include an 18-hole miniature golf course, a 50-foot putting green with a contest winner of a $1,000 vacation for two, face painting, caricaturist, concessions and more.
The Friends of Dana-Farber and host, Chef Jeremy Sewall, raised more than $365,000 for cancer research and patient care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event celebrated friendship, food, and philanthropy through an interactive dinner and auction, and honored Annie McNamara, a 27-year-old cancer survivor.
The kid’s fair and campout will take place June 10-11 at Willow Brook Farm, 1070 Washington St., to help fight cancer. The event at Willow Brook Farm, known as Camping for a Cure, will be a fundraiser for Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation’s Pan-Mass Challenge team. The PMC is a bike-a-thon that brings together thousands of cyclists, volunteers, donors and corporate sponsors to provide the resources necessary to discover cures for all types of cancer. Currently, five farmers and open space supporters are set to ride more than 750 combine for MFBF and for those who can’t on Aug. 5-6. All the funds raised for the PMC will go to cancer research through the Dana-Faber Cancer Research Institution and the Jimmy Fund.
A Medway resident will take compete in the seventh annual “Haymakers for Hope Rock ’N Rumble,” a white collar charity boxing event at 6:30 p.m. May 18 at the House of Blues Boston, 15 Lansdowne St. The bouts will begin at 7:30 p.m. Since the first event in 2011, Haymakers for Hope has raised more than $6 million for cancer research and has trained more than 450 participants by providing them with four months of boxing training at prominent local gyms in anticipation of their first amateur sanctioned boxing match in front of a live audience. At this year’s annual “Rock ’N Rumble,” the organization hopes to raise upwards of $550,000.
Christos J. Nikolis is an eight-year participant in the Pan Mass Challenge each August, biking 192 miles from Sturbridge to Provincetown. The fundraising ride involves 6,000 riders and 3,000 volunteers. He wanted his children to take part in a Kids Ride, "but there were none nearby so we started our own," says Nikolis, a co-coordinator of the Suffield Pan Mass Challenge Kids Ride.