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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.
Retired Gen. Colin Powell knows all about being top dog. But on Thursday night, he didn’t mind being a stand-in. The former Secretary of State, joint chiefs chairman and National Security Advisor addressed the major donors to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute on Thursday night at during a private dinner at the home of Michele and Howard Kessler. Those guests were expecting Katie Couric, but she was forced to cancel after being called up by NBC to replace Matt Lauer at the Olympics.
A drag show will be held at 8 p.m. on Saturday at Gateway City Arts on Race Street to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. "In collaboration with the Imperial Court of Western Massachusetts, join us for a Valentine's themed celebration of love while we raise money to support the life-saving work of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute," a press release said.
Over the past decade, Susan Mendoza Friedman has learned that “little pieces together can make a big difference.” That’s certainly true of the hundreds of people of all ages, particularly young people, who have danced their way through her organization’s “Dancing for a Cure Cape Cod” dance marathons. Since Friedman started to raise money for researching breast and ovarian cancer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 11 years ago, her efforts have resulted in donations of more than $375,000.
The Xaverian and Canton boys hockey teams are teaming up for Hockey Fights Cancer Night on Saturday at the Canton Ice House in memory of Reo Todesca. Xaverian will take on Catholic Conference rival Malden Catholic at 6 p.m., followed by Canton facing off against Hockomock League foe Mansfield. Free T-Shirts will be given out before each game to fans giving any donation. In addition there will be a silent auction, Chuck-A-Puck, raffles and much more. All proceeds from the night will be donated to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in memory of Reo Todesca.
A pasta dinner fundraiser was held at Our Lady of the Assumption Church, Jan. 27, to benefit the Dana-Farber Boston Marathon team. Alessandra "Allie" McHugh will be running the Marathon in memory of her paternal grandfather, Michael Siraco, and her maternal grandmother, Helen Pennachio, both of whom died of cancer. The evening -- featuring raffle prizes of gift baskets, gift cards, and original water colors by local artists, as well as a hearty pasta dinner -- was organized by Allie's paternal grandmother, Angela Siraco. The event was attended by 105 supporters and raised more than $2,200. As Allie put it, "The generous donations from the parishioners of Our Lady of the Assumption have contributed to the ultimate finish line – a world without cancer."
The Pan Mass Challenge hosted its first indoor cycling fundraiser at Fenway Park on Saturday. WBZ-TV’s Lisa Hughes was on hand to join about 1,000 riders for the PMC Winter Cycle event. “We’re going to try to raise $52 million dollars this year,” Hughes told riders during the event. Saturday’s goal was to raise more than $500,000 as part of the PMC’s $52 million target. All of the money will go to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The 2018 Pan Mass Challenge kicks off on Aug. 4. WBZ-TV is proud to be your official PMC station.
This week, Billy Starr and Co. are taking their fundraising efforts inside one of the nation’s most hallowed sporting cathedrals. On Saturday, comes the PMC Winter Cycle inside Fenway Park, the first-ever indoor cycling event at the venue. Opening ceremonies Saturday morning will feature Starr as well as Boston city councilor Josh Zakim at 7:45 a.m. Billy Starr has what he says are “hundreds” of anecdotes from the passion project that is now in its 39th year of operation.
Imagine a weekend when you can brush up on ski racing techniques (no matter your level) with tips from a former Olympian, party like a rock star, compete with and against fellow ski enthusiasts and friends, and change the world for the better, all at the same time. It’s all that and more for those who take part in Nashoba Valley’s annual Jimmy Fund Challenge, a popular race event that has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for patient support and research at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. The event is open to all (individuals and teams) and is easy to get to, manage and take part in.
The 28th annual Chefs for Jimmy fundraiser was held at Chez Josef on Friday with 30 restaurants and caterers joining forces to raise money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. The event is held annually in memory of Neal Webber, a long-time supporter of the Jimmy Fund. Organizers estimated the fundraiser would raise around $100,000, making it the second-largest annual fundraiser for the organization. The biggest fundraiser is usually the Jeffrey Vinick Memorial Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament, which raised more than $320,000 last year, according to organizers.
The crowd cheered as Solder lined up. Focus. It was pure focus. A lot was on the line. Stepping back, Lexi Solder -- not Nate -- took a breath, ran and notched a field goal in front of an excited Gillette Stadium crowd. She ran over to the sidelines and jumped into the arms of a friend, and while she was happy her practice paid off, her successful field goal meant so much more. Lexi, Vanessa Soto, who is in a relationship with Eric Rowe, and Briannon Lepman, who is engaged to Brandin Cooks, all participated in the Ocean Spray pregame kick contest, and for each kick the women made, Ocean Spray would donate $5,000 to the Jimmy Fund in honor of Nate and Lexi's son Hudson.
Fazio's Ristorante and Pizzeria in East Longmeadow is celebrating its 20th anniversary participating in Chefs for Jimmy, and co-owner Aldo R. Fazio is planning an offering of haddock piccata with artichokes and capers over baby spinach. "(We are) a small, family-run restaurant, (and) Chefs for Jimmy allows us to support a great cause and have guests sample our food," he said of the event that raises funds for cancer research and patient care. "I have several family members and close friends that have been affected by cancer including my father, who passed from pancreatic cancer in 2015."
Needham resident Dr. Pasi Janne 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 from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 3 at the Warriors Ice Arena in Boston, 90 Guest St.
Gloucester police officers have been looking a little wild and woolly for several months, but all for a good cause. Every year for the past few years, the officers have starting growing beards in October, keeping them through “No Shave November,” and removing the hair in December in a charity event organized by Patrolman Joseph Parady. Facial hair is not allowed for members of the force, but with the chief’s blessing and for a fee the officers can grow a beard, or in the case of female officers, dye their hair an unusual color. Parady says the officers choose a different charity each year to receive the money. Last year about $3,800 went to breast cancer research through the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Fred Magnanimi founded Luca and Danni after his 33 year-old brother Danny lost his battle with cancer in 2013. Now, the company’s relation to the disease has come full-circle, as this year an exclusive “Tree of Life” bracelet designed by the Cranston jewelers will be featured in the Dana-Farber Institute’s Holiday Cards & Gifts package to benefit cancer patients.
The New England Wolves and the Gagnon family of Laconia have begun the “MAX Toy Drive 2017,” to benefit Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic. It started on Dec. 5 and will continuing through Dec. 21. Donations in the form of toys and holiday gifts will be accepted in the name of Max Gagnon to benefit Dana-Farber's Jimmy Fund Clinic. Since he was diagnosed almost two years ago, Max Gagnon has been receiving treatment at the Boston Children’s Hospital and Jimmy Fund Clinic to combat leukemia ALL type B, a type of cancer in which the bone marrow makes too many immature lymphocytes (a type of white blood cell). Maxwell Gagnon was diagnosed with ALL in the summer of 2016 and rushed to the emergency room at Boston Children’s Hospital, where he stayed for 43 days. His treatment is expected to last two years.
Medford-born runner Joe LeBlanc is running the Boston Marathon in honor of his late brother. For those watching the Boston Marathon this spring, look out for a runner wearing a red bandana around his wrist. That runner will be Joe LeBlanc, a Medford-born man who is running for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in honor of his late older brother, Johnny LeBlanc. Johnny died at age 42 in 1999, shortly after he was diagnosed with melanoma. ″[Johnny] used to drive a motorcycle and tied a red bandana around it,” Joe explained. “It became a thing. It was kind of what he was known as.”
Two coordinators of the Suffield Pan-Mass Kids Ride bicycle ride are this year's recipient of an award from The Jimmy Fund Council of Western Massachusetts. Chris and Denise Nikolis received the Sadowsky Visionary Award during the Council's annual meeting Nov. 8 at Storrowton Tavern in West Springfield.
Gina Hagen admits she’s really more of a Red Sox fan, but the Patriots Super Bowl LI victory parade won out over baseball for her Dana-Farber holiday card this year. The card features Patriots snowmen celebrating their 2017 Super Bowl win with a duck boat parade. The design is also printed on a candle and all proceeds benefit Dana-Farber patient care and cancer research. “In light of last year’s season with all the (Deflategate) controversy, to have victory in the end was extra sweet, and I try to equate the idea of victory in the painting with the Jimmy Fund,” Hagen said. “Together, we can be victorious to help fight cancer.”
Video: Brock Holt Brings Holiday Cheer to Jimmy Fund Patients
A year after completing her treatment for a rare form of leukemia, 28-year-old Somerville resident Jess Moran is collaborating with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to fund research through holiday gifts. Moran is among the artists who designed holiday cards for the 2017 Dana-Farber Holiday Cards & Gifts fundraiser. Describing herself as "not an artist," Moran said she jumped at the opportunity to help out the staff at Dana-Farber, who she sees as family.
This holiday season, Brochu Bros Landscape and Garden Center in Natick is hosting a Christmas tree fundraiser, with all proceeds from the sales going to The Jimmy Fund to support Pediatric Cancer Research. "Every single penny!" said Dani Brochu Woodman, one of the company owners. "We don't make a single dollar from any sales, we just want to make the maximum donation we can."
Allisa Freiberger is once again using her artwork to bring some joy to the lives of others. This holiday season, the young Westwood artist has designed a signature paw print for a bandanna worn by DouglasAddie, the caramel labradoodle puppy, one of many holiday gifts being sold to raise money for Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund. Last June, Freiberger, 10, designed a bag with a colorful drawing of rainbows and smiling clouds, the sales of which benefited the Jimmy Fund. “A lot of people know me and they asked me if I had made the bags,” she said.
The fourth annual Dana-Farber UnMask Cancer event, presented by the Herb Chambers Companies, was held Saturday, October 21, 2017, at the Mandarin Oriental, Boston. The evening dazzled in art deco chic décor designed by Tyger Productions. More than 400 guests enjoyed delicious craft cocktails, dinner-by-the-bite, music and performances by DJ Rich DiMare and Jenna Holiday, dancing, and more. The event raised $285,000 to support the lifesaving mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.
Western Mass. Jeffrey Vinick Memorial Jimmy Fund golf tournament helps contribute to record-breaking $7.68 million raised for 35th seasonNovember 15, 2017
The annual Jeffrey Vinick Memorial Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament which took place at three local courses in June helped contribute to a record-breaking 35th season, raising $7.68 million for the Jimmy Fund. The local tournament raised $323,000 for adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, drawing golfers to hit the links at The Ranch Golf Club in Southwick, Longmeadow Country Club in Longmeadow, and Ellington Ridge Country Club in Ellington, Connecticut.