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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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute will create the Chen-Huang Center for EGFR (epidermal growth factor receptor) Mutant Lung Cancers to stimulate research, promote clinical trials, and strengthen the Institute's capabilities for studying and treating lung cancer. The Chen-Huang Center is being established with a $5 million gift from Winston Chen, PhD, and his wife, Phyllis Huang, of Silicon Valley.
The Tewksbury Memorial High School DECA Club's 10th annual Meghan McCarthy Memorial Fashion Show, raised a total of $16,116 through the efforts of DECA members and fashion show participants. All proceeds went to cancer treatment and the research necessary to finding cures through the Meghan McCarthy Research Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Ethan Cayer, of Waterville, helped raise $1,000 to donate to childhood cancer research on behalf of Quinn Waters, a 3-year-old Weymouth boy battling a cancerous brain tumor. The students raised the money by challenging sports teams across the campus to a "1,000 Burpees for $1,000 Challeng"” and donated the proceeds to the Jimmy Fund.
TommyCar Auto Group joined forces with the Hampshire County Sheriff’s Office Cahillane for No Shave November, an event in which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversations, while raising cancer awareness. Throughout the month of November, deputies and staff were given the opportunity to grow out their facial hair for a donation of $20 to the Tom Cosenzi Driving for the Cure Charity Golf Tournament, which supports Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The owner of Nini's Italian Ristorante in Easthampton, Mass., donated a portion of his Sunday night proceeds to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, in memory of his father who died from cancer in 2011.
The unified tennis team of Severna Park High School in Maryland won gold at their state championship event, and dedicated the season to cancer awareness, holding multiple fundraisers and donating all funds to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Renowned attorney, philanthropist, and cancer survivor Fred Levin is supporting efforts to find a cure for cancer. Levin recently donated $2 million to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to establish the Fredric G. Levin Endowment in Translational Cancer Research.
The Wachusett Wolf Pack, a youth hockey program based out of Cushing Academy, raised over $2,155 through its Pack Give Back initiative to support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s EMBRACE (Ending Metastatic Breast Cancer for Everyone) program. The program involves a fundraiser that involved the players selling bouquets of pink carnations, which players then hand-deliver to the recipients, many of whom include breast cancer survivors and women currently undergoing treatment.
Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz celebrated his 44th birthday last week. Ortiz has made a huge impact on Dana-Farber through the Jimmy Fund by raising money with countless fundraisers for cancer treatment along with personally visiting all the kids and patients himself.
Massachusetts-based country singers Annie Brobst and Samantha Rae performed at a sold-out Dana-Farber benefit at the Hard Rock Café. All proceeds from the performance, as well as from show merchandise, raffle, and auctioned country music memorabilia went to the Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute hosted its "In the Bag" luncheon at the prestigious Pine Brook Country Club in Weston. This fun and unique event was in recognition of September and October: Ovarian and Breast Cancer Awareness Months. Founded in 1976, the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have raised more than $37 million to fund powerful cancer research and patient care programs at Dana-Farber. They believe philanthropy in the present makes future breakthroughs, cutting-edge treatment, and improved quality of care possible.
Boston Marathon runners participating on behalf of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute since 1990 have surpassed the $100 million fundraising mark. More than 500 runners are expected to take part in the 2020 race as part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge, hoping to raise $6.25 million.
The Pan-Mass Challenge charity bicycle ride raised a record-breaking $63 million this year for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. The gift announced Saturday is the largest single donation in the history of Dana-Farber. The Pan-Mass Challenge has now raised $717 million for cancer research, treatment and patient care in its 40-year history.
A San Diego teenager wrote a children's book to help raise money for cancer research. All proceeds from the book will be donated to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, where her brother receives yearly treatment for a rare blood disorder.
The Warwick Patriots are participating in the annual Cheer for Dana-Farber® fundraiser encouraging young adults to become leaders while raising funds for patient care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Participating Cheer for Dana-Farber teams fundraise in their local communities through car washes, bake sales, canister collections, and similar activities. The Warwick Patriots will fundraise until April 15, 2020.
2019 Nobel Prize: Dana-Farber researcher William G. Kaelin Jr., MD, won the 2019 Nobel Prize in Medicine jointly with two other scientists, for discoveries of how cells sense and adapt to oxygen availability, part of the underlying biology that fuels cancer. These findings have already led to important medical applications, including new cancer therapies, and stem from basic research that is simply not possible without philanthropy.
This Wednesday evening, two Dorchester residents will strap on their gloves, lace up their sneakers, and step into the ring with a common goal: to knock out cancer. Erin O’Neill, 28, and Megan Walsh, 27, will be participants in Belles of the Brawl VII, the seventh iteration of the annual charity boxing event put on by Haymakers for Hope. The event will mark the culmination of a four months-long journey that has seen the two women endure intensive training in preparation for their respective fights, all the while raising a record-breaking total of over $575,000 to be donated to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Steve Wells was awestruck. Just six months after his mother died, a soccer game was held. Her name was displayed on the back of player jerseys. Money was raised. That was 12 years ago. Names – of survivors, fighters, the deceased – still adorn shirts, though they are now pink and teal. The game has evolved into an entire weekend of activities at Concord-Carlisle Regional High School during the final weekend of September. This year, Kicks for Cancer raised approximately $225,000 over the last weekend of September.
To spend time with Declan Vail is to experience an elevating joy. Whether he is plucking a guitar in his playroom, putting on a puppet show with his younger brother Teagan or riding in the back of a police car to the Dana Farber Jimmy Fund Clinic, he is the embodiment of happiness.
In 2013, Alison Krawczyk, 23 years old at the time, lost her mother to colon cancer and a grandmother to breast cancer. Six years later, Krawczyk, as the recently appointed assistant director of philanthropy communications at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is in a position to honor her late relatives’ lives while helping Dana-Farber’s patients and caregivers.
Cape Cod Potato Chips has released a new limited-edition flavor in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The brand is partnering with the Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to donate 5 percent of the proceeds from its Pink Himalayan Salt & Red Wine Vinegar potato chips.
On Aug. 12, participants and supporters gathered at Lake of Isles Golf Club and Resort in North Stonington and raised $1 million for the Dunkin’ and NDCP Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament, the largest single-day golf event out of more than 160 Jimmy Fund golf tournaments held in 2019.
Thousands of people pounded the pavement in Boston Sunday, hitting the 26.2 Boston Marathon route to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. Now in its 31st year, the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk raises money for cancer research and patient care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “I’m walking in honor of my dad, Dan who passed away in 2013 from pancreatic cancer,” said Kathryn Liziewski. Alicia Ramos of Taunton got emotional talking about her daughter Hannah’s battle with cancer, crediting the Jimmy Fund Clinic with saving her life.
Though not the world-famous event won in the past by the likes of Meb Keflezighi and Desi Linden, the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk is not for couch potatoes. Erik Demetropoulos might have a leg (or foot) up, staying in shape for his job as Sunderland Police chief. "You can't be out of shape," he said. "Every year I look forward to it." Demetropoulos, 43, is one of at least 13 Franklin County residents registered to participate in Sunday's annual event, billed as making the most money of any single-day walk in the country.
Nine-year-old Nora Swaim has reason to be proud of herself. She and her two brothers were behind the hugely successful “Mighty Moose 5k Run” last September in Concord — a race they pulled together in just ten weeks. “I was really glad we did it. It was super fun and went really well,” said Nora. “It was amazing and we had an incredible contribution from friends and community,” her father Derek said. “The race day itself was just magical.” Derek, along with some friends in town, quickly helped the kids get it off the ground.
A $5 million gift from the Edward P. Evans Foundation will create the Edward P. Evans Center for Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The gift will help Dana-Farber in transformative collaborative research aimed at treating, preventing, and ultimately curing MDS. Dana-Farber has also committed institutional matching funds over the next five years to support the Center, the Center's faculty, and MDS research within the Center.
Cape Cod Potato Chips is releasing limited-edition Pink Himalayan Salt & Red Wine Potato Chips in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The brand is partnering with Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute—a New England-based, comprehensive cancer treatment and research facility—to donate 5 percent of proceeds, 12 cents of every purchase, to benefit cancer research. The limited-batch flavor features tangy red wine vinegar and savory pink Himalayan salt for a unique combo – giving Cape Cod fans an offering that not only tastes great, but also provides an easy way to get involved.