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Normandy Farms raises nearly $15,000 for Jimmy Fund, Dana Farber
November 03, 2020

Normandy Farms, the popular local campground, raised nearly $15,000 for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as it conducted many fundraising events over the 2019-2020 year. This marked the 38th year of donations from Normandy Farms to the Jimmy Fund, with the total amount since 1983 reaching $387,376.

Newsmaker: Norwell family surprises dad with $60,000 for Dana-Farber
October 30, 2020

The family of Chris Devin, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, surprised him by raising $61,000 for the Dana-Farber Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center in time for Chris's birthday at the end of September. As of October, they have now reached $65,000 raised.

Mass. State Police Museum & Learning Center selling pink patches to fight cancer
October 24, 2020

Massachusetts State Police is asking the public to pitch in as the Massachusetts State Police Museum & Learning Center sells pink patches as part of a Breast Cancer Awareness Month fundraiser for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Popular Streamers Play Against Cancer for Jimmy Fund Let's Game
October 21, 2020

Well-known streamers Elyse and James Willems will raise funds for the Jimmy Fund to support cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute during Jimmy Fund Let's Game℠ Streamer Weekend, Friday, October 30 through Sunday, November 1. James and Elyse are just two streamers you can look forward to watching during this 3-day fundraising event.

Nearly $100,000 donated to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute from "Driving for the Cure" charity golf tournament
October 16, 2020

TommyCar Auto Group hosted the 12th annual "Driving for the Cure" charity golf tournament in August to benefit neuro-oncology research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The tournament raised nearly $100,000 for Dana-Farber in honor of Tom Cosenzi.

'When you want to help, you find a way': Jimmy Fund holds virtual walk
October 05, 2020

While the route was different, walkers still came out by the hundreds to fight cancer with the Jimmy Fund Sunday. Participants usually take over the Boston Marathon course and wave at patients in Dana-Farber along the way, but because of the coronavirus, participants held virtual walks in their own communities.

Cape Cod teen raises money, awareness for the Jimmy Fund Walk after surviving rare cancer
October 02, 2020

While finishing treatment, Emily and her father watched walkers from the bridge of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute participate in the Jimmy Fund Walk. They were determined to join them the next year. So in 2010, Emily participated in her first Jimmy Fund Walk and has been part of it ever since.

PMC Kids Ride Celebrates Virtually This Weekend
October 02, 2020

This weekend is the 2020 virtual PMC Kids Ride. Kids are encouraged to hop on their bikes and raise money for cancer care and research at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Normally, these PMC Kids Rides take place throughout the year in dozens of different towns across Massachusetts. But this year, families are being asked to get creative and design their own individual routes.

Cape Cod Potato Chips brings back limited edition flavor for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October 01, 2020

Cape Cod Potato Chip is bringing back a limited edition pink Himalayan salt & red wine vinegar flavor in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October. It's the fourth year in a row the company has partnered with the Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to bring the chips to shelves and provides a donation to the organization.

Join Boston 25 for the Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way
September 21, 2020

This year, the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk on Sunday, October 4 will transform into a virtual event to ensure the safety of everyone in the community. Thousands will walk "their own way" to fight cancer and raise funds to support cancer research, groundbreaking discoveries, and all forms of adult and pediatric patient care at Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Reimagined Pan-Mass Challenge Approaches $41M 2020 Fundraising Goal
September 21, 2020

The 41st annual Pan-Mass Challenge looked dramatically different than previous iterations—but even amid the ongoing pandemic, its record-breaking fundraising total continues to climb. Even without the physical ride, PMC had its most successful weekend of fundraising ever, bringing in more than $4 million from Friday, July 31 to Monday, Aug. 3.

Taunton 3-year-old with leukemia helps raise money for other children with cancer
September 11, 2020

Philip Gianiotis fought and beat his cancer, and now he and his family want to make sure all other children survive the disease too. Philip became an ambassador for Stop & Shop's Help Cure Childhood Cancer campaign. This month, shoppers at the grocery chain can round up their purchases to the nearest dollar and buy reusable grocery bags with patient artwork, all of the money from which will go to fund research and care at Dana Farber Cancer Institute and other cancer centers.

Wake Up Call from Jimmy Fund Walk
September 10, 2020

This morning's Wake Up Call comes from Zach Blackburn, director of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. This year, the Jimmy Fund Walk will be virtual, with participants encouraged to walk in their own neighborhoods to raise money in support of research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Walking to end cancer
September 09, 2020

More than a dozen Milton residents will be among the thousands of people who will take part on Oct. 4 in the annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event has raised more than $145 million for Dana-Farber in its more than 30 year history. This year, the annual event is being called "Walk Your Way" and due to COVID-19 restrictions, participants will be walking wherever they choose and in some cases when they choose.

Shawmut Design and Construction participates in 2020 Pan-Mass Challenge Reimagined
September 04, 2020

Shawmut Design and Construction partook in the 2020 Pan-Mass Challenge, marking the thirteenth year in a row the firm has participated in the bike-a-thon. Adapting this year's ride to prioritize the health and safety of riders and volunteers, the Pan-Mass Challenge transformed into an interactive experience labeled "PMC Reimagined" — bringing together riders and supporters virtually from around the globe.

Red Sox wives raising money for Jimmy Fund by auctioning off baskets full of players' favorite things
August 24, 2020

The Boston Red Sox wives are raising money for the Jimmy Fund through an online auction where people can bid for baskets filled with players' favorite things.

'Driving for the Cure' charity golf tournament in Longmeadow raises funds for neuro-oncology research
August 17, 2020

TommyCar Auto Group is hosting the 12th annual "Driving for the Cure" charity golf tournament to benefit neuro-oncology research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Jimmy Fund hoping to fill Fenway Park — virtually — for cancer research
August 12, 2020

The Jimmy Fund is calling on Red Sox fans to fill Fenway Park — virtually. A new fundraiser is giving fans the chance to cheer on the team while also raising money for cancer care and research. The Jimmy Fund is asking for donations of $10 or more to secure those virtual seats. Their goal is to fill all 37,000 seats.

12th annual golf tournament honors father and raises money for Dana-Farber
August 12, 2020

On Aug. 17 golfers from around the Pioneer Valley and beyond will come together for the 12th annual Tom Cosenzi Driving for the Cure tournament. The tournament honors its namesake, Tom Cosenzi, who died of brain cancer in 2009. The funds raised support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Center for Neuro-Oncology, and its clinical director, Dr. Patrick Wen who treated Cosenzi.

Lancaster woman is one of Jimmy Fund Starting 9
August 07, 2020

Brenda Sumner of Lancaster is one of the faces of the Jimmy Fund for their new, virtual fundraiser, Fill Fenway. With the need for social distancing, the goal is to virtually "fill" the 37,731 seats with donors contributing to the fund. Sumner is one of the Jimmy Fund Starting 9 — current and former patients of Dana-Farber — pictured on her own baseball cards. Donations give people the chance to win the opportunity of a lifetime at Fenway Park — and the Jimmy Fund's mission to strike out cancer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Pan-Mass Challenge holds 'reimagined' virtual event amid coronavirus pandemic
August 03, 2020

The annual Pan-Mass Challenge bike-a-thon that raises money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute — a landmark summer athletic charity event — had a "reimagined" event amid the coronavirus pandemic as thousands around the world participated in its first-ever virtual event, which helped raise tens of millions of dollars for cancer research and treatment.

Virtual Pan-Mass Challenge raises millions during pandemic
August 02, 2020

Cyclists from across the world participated in the first-ever virtual Pan-Mass Challenge to raise millions for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute this past weekend. The PMC 2020 Reimagined event had over 200 cancer survivors and patients tuning in as tens of thousands participated virtually, raising millions for life-saving research.

'Cancer Hasn’t Been Canceled,' PMC Riders Keep Riding To Raise Money For Research
August 02, 2020

Whoever coined the phrase strength comes in numbers did not anticipate the grit and determination of the small groups of Pan-Mass Challenge riders like Team Jake in Norton. This group of seven riders took to the streets during PMC weekend to help raise money for cancer research.

Pan-Mass Challenge goes virtual Saturday
July 30, 2020

Pan-Mass Challenge 2020 Reimagined — a virtual version of the 40-year-old bike-a-thon that raises millions of dollars each year for the fight against cancer — is going virtual for the first time due to social distancing guidelines and other protocols because of the coronavirus pandemic. This year, participants will ride or show their support through individual activities — on or off the bike — with the goal of raising $41 million in support of lifesaving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Nearly 100 Brookline Residents To Ride In 2020 Pan-Mass Challenge
July 13, 2020

More than 10,000 participants, including 92 participants from Brookline, will take part in the 2020 Pan-Mass Challenge, a bike-a-thon that raises millions of dollars each year for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Woonsocket L.L.'s Jim Carr golf tourney takes place Aug. 22
July 08, 2020

The 27th annual Woonsocket Little League Jim Carr Memorial Jimmy Fund golf tournament will return to Triggs Country Club in Providence on Saturday, Aug. 22. Over the past 26 years, the tourney has raised a total of $296,835, with all the proceeds going to the Jimmy Fund.

Billerica residents to participate in 2020 Pan-Mass Challenge
July 02, 2020

On August 1, more than 10,000 participants, including 12 participants from Billerica, will virtually take part in the reimagined 2020 Pan-Mass Challenge with the goal of raising critical funds for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk Will Take Place Virtually... Everywhere!
June 16, 2020

This year, the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai will have a different look as it transforms into a virtual event in an effort to ensure the safety of everyone in the community. This year, participants will be encouraged to "Walk Your Way" from wherever they are most comfortable — whether that be from their neighborhood, favorite trail or from a treadmill in their own home.

Teen fighting cancer surprised with hospital graduation ceremony
June 08, 2020

Nurses and caregivers in the Jimmy Fund Clinic came together to throw an impromptu graduation ceremony for a teenage patient, whose real graduation had been cancelled due to COVID-19. The teen was surprised with a cap and gown and cheered on as he made the walk to receive his diploma.

JP Cancer Survivor "Full of Gratitude" as She Gives Back to Dana-Farber

May 08, 2020

When Jamaica Plain resident Katherine Walsh was a graduate student working at a research lab at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, she didn't imagine she'd be diagnosed with cancer herself. Ten years ago at the age of 23, Walsh went through radiation and chemotherapy at the very place she had just been conducting cancer research. Now, Walsh participates in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, raising funds for Dana-Farber's Young Adult Program, which helped her as a cancer patient.

Pan-Mass Challenge Redefined For 2020 Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

May 01, 2020

The Pan-Mass Challenge announced a new course for 2020 on Friday. Instead of the traditional ride, riders are being asked to celebrate the spirit of the PMC with solo and shorter rides near home, and are all encouraged to continue fundraising and to share their stories on social media through the summer. "Our mission to support Dana-Farber in the fight against cancer is more important than ever," said Billy Starr, PMC Founder and Executive Director. "And in reimagining what our event can be, we hope to inspire even more participation from those joining us at home."

Brewers' Brock Holt, Wife Lakyn Donate Meals To Jimmy Fund In Boston

May 01, 2020

Brock Holt may not be a member of the Boston Red Sox anymore, but he and his wife Lakyn will always be part of the community here. The couple recently donated meals to Dana-Farber catered by the Boston Mediterranean grill, Aceituna.

Westminster resident Chris Getto on plans to run 2020 Boston Marathon: 'It's going to be magical'

April 25, 2020

This year's Boston Marathon was one of the first well-known sporting events to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak, and when Chris Getto heard the news last month he vowed not to let it derail his mission of being in the field. He is running in support of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which he considers "one of the elite teams for the marathon" as well as one of the world's leading centers for cancer research.

Caravan rolls by Dana-Farber to celebrate Haverhill man's 27th birthday

April 24, 2020

Chris Smith probably never imagined he'd spend his 27th birthday receiving infusion treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston amid a global pandemic. Smith watched from his hospital window as nearly two dozen cars, filled with friends and family, briefly stopped traffic along Brookline Avenue. They honked, held up signs and balloons, and lined the sidewalk showing their love and support from a safe distance. To pull off a surprise like this, Smith's fiancée enlisted the help of his amazing nurses.

Coronavirus Fight: PMC Makes $4 Million Commitment To Dana Farber Emergency Fund

April 09, 2020

At a time of great uncertainty, it is clear that the bond between the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) and Dana Farber Cancer Institute has never been stronger. The Institute is taking extra precautions to ensure patient safety while offering more virtual visits and telemedicine appointments. To support those efforts, the PMC is rallying riders and donors to raise $4 million for a new Emergency Response Fund at Dana Farber.

Friendly's Celebrates Woman Dedicated to Supporting Jimmy Fund

March 12, 2020

On March 8, Friendly's in Middleborough "Deliciously Celebrated" Florie Davidson, a passionate supporter of the Jimmy Fund, an organization dedicated to the fight against cancer at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Friendly's was inspired by her years of fundraising efforts on behalf of the Jimmy Fund, from participating in the annual Jimmy Fund Walk to a yearly yard sale and raffle.

Cancer-fighting friends surprised with Home Opener tickets

February 28, 2020

Drew Breuninger rallied pals to form a Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk team in honor of a friend who’s battling cancer. As the first team to register for the October 4, 2020 walk, Drew and his friend recently received a surprise visit from Larry Lucchino, complete with Red Sox home opener tickets.

Tales of Baseball

February 25, 2020

The Discovery Celebration’s major donors dinner took place Feb. 6 at the home of Michele and Howard Kessler. The dinner was a run-up to the 29th annual Discovery Celebration, which took place two days later at The Breakers. Since 1991, the Palm Beach community has raised more than $40 million to support Dana- Farber’s innovative cancer research and patient care.

Fan favorite Brock Holt sends heartfelt thank you to Red Sox Nation

February 19, 2020

Brock Holt may now be a member of the Milwaukee Brewers, but he will always be appreciated by Boston Red Sox fans. Holt had served as the Red Sox Jimmy Fund Captain, who is the team’s primary advocate and ambassador for the charity, since 2015. His ticket program, Brock Stars, hosted Jimmy Fund patients and their families at Fenway Park during every Tuesday home game for the past two seasons.

Read The Jimmy Fund's Farewell To Former Red Sox Utility Man Brock Holt

February 18, 2020

Former Boston Red Sox utility player Brock Holt was a fan favorite for many reasons, but his close relationship with the Jimmy Fund is a huge part of his legacy here. During his seven-year stint with Boston, Holt and his wife Lakyn took a special interest in working with the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, far beyond the annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon and monetary donations. After news of him agreeing to sign with the Milwaukee Brewers, the Jimmy Fund posted a touching thank you to Holt on Instagram.

Medford to Medford runner returns to the Rogue Valley 40 years later

February 13, 2020

A historic run across the country in just 80 days. Medford, Massachusetts resident Dave McGillivray has returned to the Rogue Valley almost 42 years after he set off on his famous run from Medford, Oregon to his hometown. He dedicated that run to The Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising thousands of dollars for kids with cancer. He says that motivation is what kept him going. One foot in front of the other.

WHS Teacher, Jennifer Rowley, Gears up for Boston Marathon

February 06, 2020

History teacher, Jennifer Rowley, has participated in several road races since she started running long-distance, but this year her reason for running the Boston Marathon is fueled by the love of her nephew William, who is battling cancer for a second time. Rowley will be wearing a bib representing Dana Farber in honor of William.

Seen at Chefs for Jimmy 2020

January 25, 2020

The 30th annual Chefs for Jimmy was held at the Chez Josef in Agawam with an expected 1,000 visitors participating in the three-hour event. The Friday night event carried a 1960's theme One Night of Peace, Love and Food, and was held in memory of Neal Webber and Stan Winer — longtime supporters of the Jimmy Fund.

Milton natives skate for hockey benefit

January 24, 2020

For the past five years, Dana-Farber employees have teamed up to raise even more money for cancer research in a unique way that combines each employee's passion for finding a cure with love for the game of hockey. The Rink Rats, as the team is called, have annually played a charity game, and get to face off with a few ex-pros as the Rats traditionally take the ice with Boston Bruins alumni.

Marshwood Youth Baseball raises more than $1,500 for Jimmy Fund

January 23, 2020

Marshwood Youth Baseball is a successful community program that offers baseball for kids ages 5 to 13. Last year, the program had over 225 kids playing on 22 different teams at multiple levels, with the majority of funding coming from grass roots efforts like concessions, golf tournaments and raffles. This community effort expanded last year to include fundraising for the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. In its first year, MYB raised over $1,500 for the Jimmy Fund.

Chefs for Jimmy to take place Friday in Agawam

January 22, 2020

Chefs for Jimmy offers a memorable evening with delicious local dishes and raises money for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber. Chef Bryan Graham and Michael Katz joined Better Western Mass to talk about this year's event.

2020 Pan-Mass Challenge Fundraising Goal Is Record $65 Million

January 14, 2020

The 41st annual Pan-Mass Challenge announced that its 2020 fundraising goal is $65 million, $2 million more than last year's incredible fundraising efforts. The PMC is a two-day bike ride from Sturbridge to Provincetown and every rider-raised dollar is donated directly to Dana-Farber for cancer research and treatment.

Boston residents lace up their hockey skates

January 16, 2020

Peter Obersheimer and Michelle Hirsch, MD, Milton residents, will be among the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute doctors, researchers, and staff who will play a charity hockey game against Boston Bruins alumni to benefit the Jimmy Fund, which supports cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to Establish Chen-Huang Center for EGFR Mutant Lung Cancers

January 17, 2020

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts, announced that the Chen-Huang Center for EGFR Mutant Lung Cancers is being established with a gift of $5 million from Winston Chen, PhD, and his wife Phyllis Huang. The center will help in the development of research and clinical trials, as well as improve upon the treatment of patients with EGFR-mutated lung cancer at Dana-Farber.

Chefs for Jimmy fundraiser to mark 30th year

January 20, 2020

The 30th annual Chefs for Jimmy event will raise money for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at the Jimmy Fund in Boston. The event will feature a variety of small plates and desserts from the area’s top chefs and caterers. The event also features a large silent auction, a drawing for a restaurant gift card basket and a fun, new theme every year. This year's theme is "One Night of Peace, Love and Food," paying homage to Woodstock and the 1960s.

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