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When you get cancer at 14 and lose half of your left leg a few months later, that kind of encouragement isn’t just lip service. Camden said it’s kept him going, so much so that, on Friday night, he was able to leave it all behind. This weekend, Camden will be in Fort Myers for a 48-hour trip with the Jimmy Fund Clinic to Red Sox spring training. There will be sunshine, and a swimming pool, and — Camden’s hoping — just a few minutes to really talk to Mookie Betts.
Michelle Imonti and her sister, Brenda Sparrow, are headed to the Red Sox home opener after Larry Lucchino surprised them Friday morning with free tickets. Imonti and Sparrow have participated in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for the past ten years. Imonti was the first team leader to register a team for this year's event, scheduled for Sunday, September 22.
Vesper CC members George Popp and Ken Kaiser were recognized on Jimmy Fund Golf Appreciation Night on Thursday for holding one of the top Jimmy Fund golf fundraisers for the year. Popp and Kaiser annually hold a golf marathon session at Vesper from sun-up to sun-down, playing as many holes as possible in the time allotted while carrying their own bags and refreshments and keeping score. The event was held at the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care in Boston and featured a reception, dinner, speakers and award presentations.
Students at Hopkinton High School on Friday participated in “Putting for Patients,” a mini-golf event designed to raise funds for lifesaving research and care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Over the past few years, several local high schools have organized these events, which bring an 18-hole mini golf course to the school gymnasium for a day of fun that supports the latest advancements at Dana-Farber. In addition to mini-golf, the event often includes a long putt contest, prizes, food, face painting and a caricaturist. Students at Hopkinton High raised $2,200 last year.
Rally Against Cancer, presented by Chowdaheadz, celebrates the decades-long partnership of the Jimmy Fund and Boston Red Sox by inspiring Red Sox fans to start a Rally Against Cancer fundraising team to benefit the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s lifesaving mission. Fans partner with their workplaces and schools to encourage co-workers, classmates, and friends to contribute $10 or more to the Jimmy Fund. In exchange, participants may wear Red Sox gear to work or school on Fenway Park Opening Day, April 9, when the Red Sox play the Toronto Blue Jays.
Since 1953, the Red Sox relationship with the Jimmy Fund at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has been the model for sports teams. The Red Sox Foundation supports the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, for providing lifesaving research and adult and pediatric patient care. Through a longstanding and unique partnership that dates back to 1947, the Red Sox have helped the Jimmy Fund raise more than $146 million for cancer treatment and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Jackson resident Michael Glover is running to conquer cancer as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team in the 123rd Boston Marathon this April 15. Along with more than 500 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge teammates from across the United States and around the world, Glover will run Massachusetts’ historic marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston to raise $6 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
There are numerous reasons someone may choose to run a marathon. For some it’s a physical challenge to accomplish, for others it’s an outlet for emotion. For three Nashua residents, it’s an opportunity to be part of something bigger than themselves. On April 15, more than 30 Nashuans will hit the ground running, quite literally, for the 123rd Boston Marathon. Residents Marie Broadway, Cherie Hendrickson and Marjorie Morse are all a part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team. The team’s 500-plus members from around the world work throughout the year to raise $6 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
How good was superstar Josh Groban’s performance at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s gala? In a room of more than 500 Bostonians, he got a bit more applause than New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft. No surprise to us, really. We’ve heard both of them sing and in that department, Groban definitely has the edge. The 28th annual Discovery Celebration took place Feb. 9 at The Breakers.
Hundreds of guests gathered at The Breakers hotel in Florida, where they took part in Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund’s 28th annual Discovery Celebration. The attendees at this year’s charity event, which managed to raise more than $2.3 million for cancer research and care at the Longwood hospital, was a veritable who’s who. The programming featured a special appearance from TV personality Katie Couric, inspirational remarks from Robert Kraft, Institute trustee and owner of our Super Bowl-winning Patriots, and a performance from Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and actor Josh Groban that included his hit, “You Lift Me Up,” and a rendition of “Bridge Over Troubled Water” with his 18-piece orchestra and a gospel choir.
On January 24, Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer celebrated 20 years of raising funds for breast cancer research. The annual event is held during the week leading up to Mother’s Day, when more than 250 establishments throughout greater Boston donates the sales from one dessert to Bakes for Breast Cancer, Inc. Proceeds raised from this fundraiser fund a researcher physician at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to support breast cancer research. To kick-off the 20th Anniversary, seven pastry chefs & chefs, who participate in Boston Bakes each year, showcased their wonderful culinary talents and specialty desserts, including Pastry Supervisor Kerry Levesque of The Ritz-Carlton, Boston, which hosted this event.
The 33rd annual Berkshire County Jimmy Fund ice fishing derby will take place from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, at the Onota Lake Pavilion. Trophies and prizes will be awarded. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 for children. The fee includes roast beef, hamburgers, hot dogs, clam chowder, soda, coffee, and hot chocolate.
Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Bruins Alumni teamed up for the annual charity game on Saturday, which raises money for cancer care and research. More than a dozen hospital staff members and former Bruins players laced up for the cause at the Warriors Ice Arena. Over the last five years, the even thas raised roughly $180,000, which goes directly to the Jimmy Fund. Even though the game is for charity, the competition is fierce. “You can see that the game picked up when they thought they were gonna to lose to us,” Robin McGraw, Dana-Farber Rink Rats coach, said.
Hundreds of dance enthusiasts from across the Cape are expected to turn out at Mashpee High School on Saturday for an annual 5K Dance Marathon that raises funds for vital breast and ovarian cancer research. The ninth installment of Dancing for a Cure Cape Cod invites dance enthusiasts of all ages to dance or cheer for four hours to raise money for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute’s research. “This year’s event will be similar in some ways and different in other ways, we always try to make it a little better each year,” said Dancing for a Cure founder Susan Mendoza Friedman.
The Bruins Alumni team is known for raising a lot of money for great causes, but this one is a little different: the Alumni B’s are going to face...doctors? That’s right: the Bruins Alumni team is playing a charity game against the Dana-Farber Rink Rats, a team made up of doctors, nurses and staff from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. If you’re from anywhere near Boston, you know about the great work done by Dana-Farber, but this is taking things to a new level: members of the Dana-Farber team had to raise at least $1,200 to play in the game.
The 24th annual Jimmy Fund Snow Challenge fundraiser will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Nashoba Valley Ski Area, 79 Powers Road, Westford. The fundraiser benefits cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The entry fee is $240 for a four-person race team and $60 for individual racers. All racers receive a lift ticket for the day and a barbecue lunch.
The Wellesley High School basketball teams don’t typically need another reason to beat Natick, but the stakes were a little higher on Friday night: The teams were playing for a cure. The girls and boys varsity teams played in a double header, hosting Natick on the Wellesley court and fundraising for cancer research. All money collected at the game was donated to support research in craniopharyngioma and metastatic breast cancer, in honor of Wellesley’s Harry Clark and Carol Chaoui.
Joe C. Stevens, owner of 1105 Main in West Springfield, will be serving mac and cheese topped with smoked BBQ brisket for Chefs for Jimmy 2019. "This is a great event serving people from all walks of life," he said. Serving people at the event, yes, and serving --helping -- people who suffer from cancer. Chefs for Jimmy offers participants a memorable evening with delicious local dishes, raising money for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
Hundreds of dance enthusiasts of all ages from on and off the Cape, will dance OR cheer for 4 hours in Mashpee to raise funds for vital research of breast and ovarian cancer at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Music of the decades provided by #1 DJ Cape Tunes. Guest appearances by Miss Massachusetts 2018, Gabrielle Taveras, The NE Patriots Cheerleaders, JT the ‘Mayor of Cape Cod’, and Celebrity emcee,The Fat Ass Cancer Bit#!, Christine Ernst.
Chez Josef in Agawam is gearing up for the 29th annual Chefs for Jimmy fundraiser, an event designed to aid in the fight against cancer. Around 30 area restaurants will participate in the fundraiser – presented by Winer Levsky Group of UBS Financial Services Inc. and hosted by the Jimmy Fund Council of Western Massachusetts – at the banquet venue located at 176 Shoemaker Lane.
Southborough police raised $3,861 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “The money was raised through the sales of our Pink Patch, which took place during the month of October,” the department wrote on Facebook. “A big shout out goes to Officer John Officer for spearheading the Pink Patch Project this year, and for all of the supporters that purchased a Pink Patch from us.” During October, officers replaced their normal patches with a pink version and sold the patches for $10 each.
Before the Bishop Fenwick football cheerleaders begin performing their routines at the Crusaders' games next September, they will be on the big stage at Gillette Stadium showcasing a cheer before one of the New England Patriots preseason home games in August. It will mark the second time the Fenwick cheerleaders have had the privilege of doing a routine at a Pats game. The girls raised money as part of the annual Cheer For Dana-Farber fundraising program. The money raised goes to patient care and research at Dana-Farber in Boston which is one of the leading cancer centers in the world and ranked in the top four by US News and World Report for best hospitals for both pediatric and adult care for people suffering from cancer.
An Easthampton restaurant is holding its annual benefit dinner Wednesday night in support of cancer research. Despite a small kitchen fire at the restaurant on Tuesday, Nini's Ristorante opened on Wednesday and held their 6th annual Dana-Farber Benefit Dinner. They hold this fundraiser every year in honor of the owner's late father, Giovanni Daniele. Giovanni opened Nini's in 1976 and passed away after a battle with cancer in 2011. A family friend said giving back is especially important this time of year.
The Cranston Youth Girls Basketball Association recently held a fundraiser tournament dedicated to Nancy Duffy, a Cranston native that used to assist with the CLCF GALS team. In 2014, Duffy was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer and passed away after a two-year battle fighting the disease. In her honor, the CYGBA, Cranston School Department, along with teams from the Rhode Island Youth Basketball Association and local businesses such as Cool Air Creations, World Trophies and The Italian Bakery, raised over $2,900 for the Dana Farber Institute - #NancyStrong to help aid its breast cancer research.
SANTA’S BIG HELPER: Santa Claus enlisted some champion-grade help as he made a special stop in town Tuesday. The man in red teamed up with Red Sox utility man Brock Holt, paying a visit to pediatric patients at Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund clinic. While at the local hospital, Holt spent time chatting with the kids there, taking tons of photos with them and their families, and passing out a sack full of New Balance gear and Dunkin’ Donuts gift cards.
The 6th Annual Ocean City Marlin Club Rockfish Tournament got underway today with the first official fishing day of the nine-day event. The Marlin Club’s 6th annual rockfish tournament will run from Friday to December 16. Boats and teams of anglers will decide to fish five of the nine days. As the name of the tournament implies, rockfish, or striped bass, will be the primary species targeted along with red drum and blue fish. The top three heaviest fish in each category will win awards and federal minimum size requirements apply for each species. A portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to the Jimmy Fund.
Rockland resident and ovarian cancer patient Lisa Kane helped the Susan F. Smith Center Executive Council to raise almost $250,000 for women’s cancers research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Kane shared her story with a group of approximately 250 women earlier this month at Beyond Boston, an educational fundraising luncheon held annually in Wellesley.
They were diagnosed with ovarian cancer 34 years apart, but for Debbie First and Lisa Kane, their stories resonate deeply with each other. Kane and First were brought together not just by the diagnosis but by their desire to help others. Both women share similar stories to start, but their journeys reflect the progress that they’ve made and the progress made with the way the disease is treated. “It’s still a scary diagnosis and we can’t take that away,” said Dr. Susana Campos of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “But I try to talk to individuals when they come in to talk to them about how much more we have today to offer them than we did in the past.”
Over the past 24 years, Boston’s financial services industry has remained steadfast in its support of cancer research through Expect Miracles Foundation–Financial Services Against Cancer. On November 7, 2018, Expect Miracles Foundation presented its 15th Annual Wine & Spirits Charity Event, with the theme “Spotlight on a Cure,” at The House of Blues, where nearly 400 financial luminaries joined together for a monumental and historic evening.
Like many police departments throughout the state, Foxborough has been taking part in the pink patch project, raising money for cancer treatment and research. The police department has now raised over $15,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and will be donating the money within the next week. The department has been fundraising since July, but about half the money was raised just in October, Detective Patrick Morrison told the Foxboro Reporter. He said Breast Cancer Awareness Month probably had a large impact on fundraising.
The Pan-Mass Challenge recently announced the results of its 2018 fundraising efforts, and quite a year it has been. The organization, which raises money for cancer research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, says it raised a record-breaking $56 million. The news was announced over the weekend at a brunch celebrating the 6,400 cyclists who took part in the PMC’s annual bike-a-thon for the charity in August. Pictured from left: Josh Bekenstein, Dana-Farber chairman of the board, co-chairman of Bain Capital, and PMC board member; Laurie H. Glimcher, president and CEO of Dana-Farber; PMC founder Billy Star; WBZ-TV news anchor Lisa Hughes; Mark Lund, WBZ-TV president and general manager; Bekah Salwasser, executive director of the Red Sox Foundation; and Robert Smith, PMC chairman of the board and managing partner of Castanea Partners.
The Cohasset Middle High School gymnasium was transformed into an 18-hole miniature golf course Sunday as local duffers took part in the Putting for Patients fundraiser for the Jimmy Fund.
After months of fundraising through the sales of their pink police patches, Foxboro Police will be donating over $15,000 to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the next week. According to Detective Patrick Morrison, who launched the pink patch project in Foxboro, police raised about half that money during the month of October alone. “That’s probably due to October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month,” Morrison said, noting police officers donned the pink patches in the place of their normal ones. Morrison said Foxboro Police have been fundraising since July, after they received a donation of $500 from the police union to purchase their first order of patches. Residents were able to purchase the patches in the public safety building, as well as by mail. Officers also sold pink patches at the local Stop & Shop, volunteering their time to staff tables outside the building and get the word out.
Patients from the Jimmy Fund Clinic got their own duck boat—and cheers—during the Red Sox victory paradeOctober 31, 2018
The Red Sox weren’t the only champions greeted with cheers during Wednesday’s duck boat victory parade. Max Mitchell and his family were aboard one of the boats, which was reserved just for patients of the Jimmy Fund Clinic and their families. “It was very cool,” the 8-year-old told Boston.com.
On Saturday October 20th, more than 400 guests enjoyed the amazing UnMask Cancer event, presented by The Herb Chambers Company at the Mandarin Oriental. The fifth annual event, a party-with-a-purpose included a rainforest themed evening, dinner by-the-bite, amazing cocktails, a live and silent auction and dancing. Guests could get their photos taken with a live parrot and airbrush artist was onsite to create masks on guests faces. Billy Costa, co-host of Matty in the Morning on KISS 108 and Dining Playbook on NESN hosted the live auction and country singer, Jessie Chris, Billboard’s 2018 artist to watch performed. The event has raised more than $1 million since its inception for pediatric and adult cancer care and research at Dana-Farber. VIPs included Mandarin Oriental GM Philipp Knuepfer and his wife, Julie, ace event planner, Ty Kuppig and WBZmeteorologist Sarah Wroblewski.
On Sunday, Nov. 18, nine local dancing schools will join together to host the 2nd Annual “Dance for Dana” Dance-A-Thon at the Rumney Marsh Academy Gymnasium to benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Nicole Paolo, owner of Nicole Zervas Dance Academy (NZDA), founded the event last year in honor of those who courageously fight or have lost their battle to cancer. The event exemplifies dancing for a purpose, an important philosophy at her studio that she instills in all of her students.
L.A.’s Pink’s and Boston’s Spike’s announced a charitable wager. Rival companies from different parts of the country placing friendly wagers on the fate of their local sports teams during major competitions is nothing new. We just saw Sam Adams and Brooklyn Brewery face off over the Red Sox-Yankees series. But typically, these bets are for something silly: For instance, after the Red Sox won, Brooklyn Brewery had to rename a beer in their taproom. For the World Series, however, two local hot dog joints have kicked their gambling game up a notch, choosing to wager cold, hard cash… for charity.
When Grace Bloodwell and Andrew Myerson cemented their friendship as neighbors, Bloodwell had no idea that first meeting in Charlestown would lead to her getting in the boxing ring and duking it out for charity. Yet, that’s exactly what happened last week as Bloodwell, a local realtor and governor of the Friends of City Square, was on the fight card for the 6th annual Belles of the Brawl cancer fundraiser on Oct. 17 at the House of Blues in Fenway – facing off and winning her “brawl” against Boston therapist Kristie Bezreh.
A group of local girls have rallied to support the organization that did so much for one of their friends. Caeleigh Brown of Norwood was diagnosed with leukemia in January 2017. She’s been remission since October of that year, thanks to work done through the Jimmy Fund Clinic, and she wanted to find a way to give back. Recently, Brown and a team of eight friends took part in the NE Kids Triathlon and brought in $3,500 which was donated to the clinic, far more than the $500-$1,000 they needed to raise. “It was very heartening to have donations not only from family, but also from friends showing that they care,” Brown said.
Team Jenna is a team of 30 runners (almost all Concord residents) who ran the B.A.A Half Marathon Sunday, Oct 7, to raise funds to support ovarian cancer research at Dana-Farber in memory of Jenna Hoge Swaim, who recently died from the disease. Team Jenna was the highest grossing team for fundraising for this year’s B.A.A. Half Marathon and to date has raised more than $53,000. There were some speedy runners among them, with a third-place finisher for both women and men in their respective age groups.
"I like large parties. They're so intimate. At small parties there isn't any privacy. F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Great Gatsby." Well, there was certainly a whole lot of laughing, partying, drinking, eating, singing, dancing, spending money and rolling the dice on Sept. 22, when Vesper Country Club hosted its third annual "The Great Gatsby Casino Night." This ritzy, glitzy extravaganza benefited Breast Cancer Research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in honor of Vesper's annual Dawn to Dusk Charity Fundraiser, the popular golf marathon that takes place each summer and is organized and founded by Vesper "old sports" George Popp and Ken Kaiser, who are always smiling and happy-go-lucky. The marathon consists of the pals teeing off at 5 a.m., each walking and carrying his own golf bag, and more than 100 holes, all for cancer research! VCC President Angelo Sakelarios, has chosen this charity in recognition of the fundraiser's 10th and final anniversary.
For the seventh year in a row, the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School varsity and junior varsity field hockey teams will be raising money for breast cancer research. The fundraiser will be a part of their game against Westford Academy, Saturday, Oct. 13, at 5:30 and 7 p.m. at Leary Field. “It’s one of our biggest fundraisers,” said Acton resident Andrea Crowley. She said the teams, this year, have raised $592 towards the purchase of team shirts, and are hoping to raise far more for the Jimmy Fund. This year, the fundraiser will include a raffle. Donated merchandise and food, field hockey memorabilia will be on sale as well, with all proceeds going to the Dana-Farber Cancer and the Jimmy Fund to benefit breast cancer research.
Hingham’s Megan Johnson is running the BAA Half Marathon on Monday to raise funds for patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber. Johnson is running in honor of her friend, Jess, who lost her four-year battle with breast cancer in December of 2017. Since then, Johnson has been looking for a way to honor her memory. Jess was helped by Dana-Farber throughout her illness and fitness was an important aspect of her life, thus making running the half marathon the perfect opportunity for Johnson. Although a challenge, Johnson welcomes it as her training has given her the time to reflect on Jess’s life as well as their friendship.
Lining the walls of a former dance studio in Natick are timeless fashions now up for auction. The money will benefit metastatic breast cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Metastatic Breast Cancer is cancer that spreads outside the breast to other parts of the body. It is the only incurable form of breast cancer. The woman spearheading the effort knows, firsthand, how valuable research is. Carol Chaoui battled breast cancer in 2009, thyroid cancer in 2014 and then, in 2015, after experiencing pain in her hip, discovered that the breast cancer was back…and spreading. “To my lungs, my hips, my skull and my spine,” she said. “It had become metastatic breast cancer. And for that reason, I’m on treatment for the rest of my life.”
Warwick resident Bill Hardman is set to run the Boston Athletic Association’s Half Marathon on Oct. 7th in Boston, Massachusetts. Hardman, 63, will be running the race for charity toward the Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Institute, to help raise funds for their work in pediatric healthcare and fight to cure cancer in children and adults. Hardman will be running the race in honor of the late Hannah Wertens, who battled pediatric cancer three times before passing away from the disease at the age of 15. Wertens, a Portsmouth native, was recognized for her bravery throughout her battle, and was invited to sing God Bless America at Fenway Park in 2017.
The 12th annual Kicks for Cancer event will take place at Concord-Carlisle High School Saturday, with varsity soccer games starting as early as 10 a.m. and running into the evening with a field of 17 schools. “It just grows every year,” said Concord-Carlisle athletic director Aaron Joncas. This is his first Kicks for Cancer since he was hired to replace the retiring Barry Haley as AD, but Joncas experienced the tourney three times as an assistant boys’ soccer coach.
On Wednesday, Sept. 12, J. McLaughlin partnered with Row 34 and the Friends of Dana-Farber to host a charitable shopping event with generations of old and new J. McLaughlin fans. A multigenerational crowd sipped wine, enjoyed a raw bar from Row 34, listened to tunes by DJ Liz Ladoux and shopped fall styles in J. McLaughlin’s newly renovated Charles Street store, which is celebrating 15 years on Beacon Hill.
Six days a week, sometimes twice a day, Jillian Gundersheim trains at Everybody Fights in South Boston. Looking like a professional, she first stepped into the boxing ring a few months ago as a novice. "(It’s) definitely the hardest thing I've ever done mentally and physically, but I've learned my body will do anything my head tells it to," Gundersheim said. It was Gundersheim’s heart that led her to the gym. She is a pediatric nurse at Boston Children's Hospital and the Jimmy Fund Clinic. She said her patients, including 4-year-old Jane Gunzelmann, are her inspiration.
On September 12, 2018, J.McLaughlin on Charles Street hosted a charitable shopping event with generations of old and new J.McLaughlin fans. The crowd sipped wine, enjoyed a raw bar from Row 34, listened to tunes by DJ Liz Ladoux, and shopped fall styles in J.McLaughlin’s newly renovated Charles Street store, which is celebrating 15 years in Beacon Hill. The evening was hosted by Chef Jeremy Sewall of Island Creek Oyster Bar and Row 34, and Friends’ Board members, Gina Morda, Seth Andrea McCoy, and Alexandra Slote.
The Middleton community rallied around Lola Rose Anderson when the little girl was battling cancer. Now, her family has launched a campaign to help find a cure. While Lola Rose Anderson was fighting the cancer that would eventually take her life, Middleton residents, employees and business owners rallied around the little girl and her family. Now, they are stepping up again, this time in honor of Lola and to help fund research into childhood cancers.