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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.”
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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.
An 8-year-old Merrimack boy with leukemia is holding a toy drive for children who are battling diseases. Max, who has been battling leukemia for two years, is holding Mighty Max’s Mega Toy Drive. The drive will collect toys for children who are patients at the Jimmy Fund Clinic, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children's Hospital's hematology and oncology floor.
The Pan Mass Challenge organization received a record-shattering $51 million gift on November 11, 2017 for Dana-Farber Institute. VIPs in attendance included Laurie Glimcher and Larry Lucchino.
Team members at Shampoo Hair Salon & Spa in Chelmsford prepare for their recent "Dreams for Dana-Farber" fundraiser. From left are Ani Vong of Humanity, Suzi Lowe, Kimberly Zibolis, Shampoo owner Kaitlyn Cicale, Alice Ayotte, Melissa Mammino of Bohemian Beads and Bangles, and Dona Villandry of Dona V's Skin Care.
The Silver Lake boys soccer teams celebrated Breast Cancer Awareness throughout the month of October by selling pink and black wristbands and luminary bags during September and October. On Oct. 14, pink cotton candy was sold at the boys’ Varsity Game and a luminary display lit up Sirrico Field. The display included all luminary bags sold to honor and remember those loved ones affected by breast cancer. A moment of silence before the game gave everyone time to reflect.
The Hingham High Dance Team donated $500 to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in support of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Captains MacKenzie Brennan, Lexi Larson, Claire Bochman and Bella Taddonio presented Lee Angland with the donation at Friday’s football game.
Young professionals support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute at this night of live music, dancing and auctions.
During the next month, residents of West Boylston might notice some of the town’s officers looking a bit hairier than usual. But it is not a relaxing of the grooming rules. They are doing it for a good cause. Several of the officers will be taking part in No Shave November, which raises awareness for cancer and raises money to support cancer prevention, research and education. According to West Boylston Officer David Westerman, this is the first year his department is taking part. “All officers are donating their own money to participate, even officers who have decided to shave,” Westerman said.
Saks Fifth Avenue hosted its 19th annual Key to the Cure benefit on Oct. 5 to support the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. More than a dozen local celebs—including chefs, designers, media stars and community leaders—were feted for their influence on style. Each tastemaker was paired with a model and introduced during a fashion show, while some 125 guests enjoyed fare provided by four local restaurants. The evening raised more than $11,000.
The early forecast for Sunday is for an unseasonably warm and sunny day. Good car-washing weather. Especially if you want to help in the fight against breast cancer. For the second consecutive year, the Maplewood Car Wash and Detail Center will donate half of the day's full proceeds to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute as part of its all-day fundraiser to help in the search for a cure for breast cancer. "We talked about doing it last year, but we got going too late to do it the way we really wanted to," said Steven Milan, the owner of the car wash at 50 Maplewood Ave. "We still did about 150 cars, which is good for a Sunday, and raised over $2,000. We hope to raise a lot more this year."
The St. Baldrick’s Foundation announced Monday that it is granting its Hannah’s Heroes St. Baldrick’s Scholar Grant to Dr. Pratiti Bandopadhayay at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute. This $75,000 research grant will support Dr. Bandopadhayay’s research to identify drugs that can be combined with JQ1, a drug that can hinder effects of medulloblastoma, according to St. Baldrick’s, the largest nongovernment funder of pediatric cancer research in the U.S.
On October 5, 2017, the Friends of Dana-Farber, the Jimmy Fund, and Saks Fifth Avenue Boston partnered for Style Your Story, a Key to the Cure event and night of fashion-fueled fundraising to support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event highlighted prominent supporters of Dana-Farber, who curated and presented different looks to reflect each individual’s unique style, and kicked off the annual month-long Saks Key to the Cure campaign to support women’s cancers research.
Throughout the season, East Boston Savings Bank has been routing for the Sox to win. Not only because they are big fans but also for the children benefiting from the Jimmy Fund Foundation. With every Red Sox win East Boston Savings Bank has donated $100 to Rally for the Jimmy Fund. The Sox finished the season with 93 wins. This along with the EBSB’s internal employee opening day fundraising efforts supporting Rally for the Jimmy fund, Richard Gavegnano (right), Chairman, President and CEO of East Boston Savings Bank presented the donation to Andrew Cader, representing Dana Faber Cancer Institute during an on field event prior to the Astros Game.
The Suffield Pan-Mass Challenge Kids Ride raised additional money from a pasta supper, held at Sacred Heart Church on Sept. 30. Local restaurants and businesses donated food and other items for the supper. The Suffield kids ride was founded by the Nikolis family six years ago. The ride in May attracted 200 young cyclists who trekked over two enclosed courses. More than $48,000 was collected by riders, with all donations going to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Around $190,000 has been collected since the ride began.
The Tom Cosenzi Driving for the Cure Charity Golf Tournament set a new fund-raising record by raising $131,300 to support Dr. Patrick Wen and his research colleagues in the Center for Neuro-Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The tournament was held on Aug. 21 at Twin Hills Country Club in Longmeadow and Elmcrest Country Club in East Longmeadow, followed by a dinner at Twin Hills Country Club attended by more than 300 guests. The dinner featured a performance by Noah Lis from The Voice along with John Dennis, celebrity emcee of the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon and featured a raffle and live and silent auctions. The event’s platinum sponsor was Edmunds.
During the 2017-2018 regular season, Berkshire Bank Foundation will donate $100 to The Jimmy Fund for each Boston Bruins assist from October 15 to December 15, 2017.
Stand-up comedians are coming to the Cape to also stand up to find a cure for cancer. As Tara Cannistraci steps into the Cape Cod comedy spotlight for the first time, she will stand up for laughs... But, also, to help find a cure for cancer. The comedian and founder of We Stand Comedy, a New York City-based comedy house, recently partnered with Susan Mendoza Friedman, founder of Dancing for a Cure Cape Cod, to produce “Laughing for a Cure” – an event Saturday night that will benefit the Friends of Dana-Farber of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
When it came to giving back, Marie Fricker of Scituate went to the source: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. That’s where Fricker, a cancer survivor, was treated, and that’s where she gave copies of a book about her journey to 60 patients at a seminar the institute held this spring for patients living with brain tumors. “My book was just released, and the seminar was a great way to help some people who could benefit from it,” Fricker, 63, said of “All in My Head: How a Hypochondriac Beat Brain Cancer,” a book about her battle with brain cancer after her diagnosis in 2008. “I wrote my story to bring hope to others who are feeling as shell-shocked and terrified as I was.”
Each year, the Massachusetts chiefs of police mobilize to participate in the Dana Farber / Jimmy Fund walk as the “Team Police Chiefs.” Their participation raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for critical research. This year, Eileen Goodick, the Academy Director for the MPTC’s Plymouth Regional Police Academy, was invited to participate as a member of the team. (She is in the ball cap in the front row of the picture.) Director Goodick stated, “It was such an honor to be invited, especially for such a great cause!”
After lacing on 14-ounce gloves, Alice Liao will climb into a boxing ring and start throwing punches to defeat an opponent that has taken countless lives – cancer. Fighting under the name “Lady Liberty,” the Wellesley High School history teacher will be one of 32 women competing Thursday, Oct. 5 in Belles of the Brawl V (BOB), all-female boxing matches at the House of Blues Boston to raise money for cancer research. “I wanted to take a risk to challenge myself and set an example for my students,″ she said. “I’ve been training for a year and haven’t had a bloody nose yet.” Starting at 6:30 p.m., Liao and her opponent, Leigh Cassidy, will box three two-minute rounds in one of 16 amateur matches sanctioned by USA Boxing to raise funds for cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and other research and care facilities.
Thousands took to the streets of Boston Saturday for the annual Jimmy Fund Walk. Participants followed the same course as the Boston Marathon to raise money for cancer care and research. Cameras captured a wave between walkers and children standing on the Jimmy Fund Bridge in Boston. The children held up messages of thanks for those taking part in this year’s walk. Carlie Gonzalez, 16, knows what those young patients are going through. The cancer survivor is now strong enough to sing the national anthem, serving as a big inspiration at the kick off of the 5K from Dana Farber. The Jimmy Fund Walk is in its 29th year and has raised more than $120 million. This year 132 police chiefs walked, including the head of Dudley’s police department who is a cancer survivor.
Thousands of people participated in Sunday's 2017 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. There were various course lengths to choose from including a full marathon walk from Hopkinton, a half marathon walk from Wellesley, a 10K from Newton and a 5K from Dana-Farber in Boston. Each route retraced the steps of the Boston Marathon and ended in Copley Square. Organizers expected an estimated 9,500 walkers to take part this year. Walkers had different stories for participating, like Vonne Foster who is battling cancer.
On Saturday, Oct. 7, Dancing for a Cure will present “Laughing for a Cure,” a comedy show to support women’s cancers research and benefit the Friends of Dana-Farber, an all-volunteer community that has raised more than $33 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The show starts at 7 p.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Hyannis. Hosted by actress and comedian Regina DeCicco, the evening’s exciting lineup includes headliner Leighann Lord (HBO, Comedy Central) and comedians Tara Cannistraci, Kimberley Hellem and Cape Cod’s Christine Ernst.
A high school senior unable to play football after getting diagnosed with cancer is now using his experience to help others. Jake Silver said what he thought was knee pain was diagnosed as bone cancer in May 2016. He was concerned about his football career and after his bone cancer spread to his lungs, he was told he could not play anymore. But he was not off the field for long. An intensive surgery and 29 weeks of chemotherapy later, Silver was named an unofficial coach of his football team.
Suzanne Miller is an orthopedic surgeon and, let’s face it, she should know better. She knows pain. She knows rehab. Her surgical specialty is knees and shoulders, reconnecting ACLs, patching up rotator cuffs, getting her patients back in the game as soon as possible. So why, in the sweet name of doctor, heal thyself, is she looking forward to someone punching her in the face? “Fantastic question!” said Dr. Miller, 49, strangely effusive over her pending date with pain, Oct. 5 at the House of Blues. “So, basically, it’s because . . .” Because cancer. That’s the short answer, one that requires no further explanation when it’s time to put up a fight. Miller will climb into the ring Oct. 5 as part of the annual Belles of the Brawl boxing event on Lansdowne Street, where she’ll have her first, and likely last, three-round amateur bout to help raise money for cancer research.
The Hub Today's Anna Rossi hits the streets with a Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk top fundraising team captain and learns the story behind every step.
Ask Molly Malone what she'd rather talk about, the cancer which seriously sidetracked the Lynnfield 17-year-old's life, or her figure skating, and the answer isn't a surprise. "Probably skating," said Malone after a recent practice at Reading's Burbank Arena. There is much to talk about, and even more work to do. Malone will be performing Friday and Saturday at the 47th annual figure skating fundraiser "An Evening With Champions." Held at Harvard's Bright-Landry Hockey Center, the event has raised more than $2.8 million for the Jimmy Fund to benefit adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber.
Definitive Healthcare, the leading provider of data, intelligence, and analytics on the healthcare provider market, recently hosted its second annual golf tournament in support of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. The tournament took place at the Highlands Golf and Country Club in Grafton, MA, and included dinner and a silent auction. The event was run by DefinitiveCares, Definitive Healthcare’s community service organization. According to Emily Atkinson, co-organizer of the event, 144 golfers participated in the tournament – the maximum allowed on the course. The event exceeded its original donation and fundraising goal by more than $10,000, totaling nearly $30,000. “The tournament was a huge success thanks to the hard work of all the volunteers, both before the tournament and the day of,” said John Caccavaro, who organized the event with Atkinson. “Not only did we hit our $20,000 goal, but we blew it out of the water.”
The 24th annual Woonsocket Little League Jim Carr Memorial Jimmy Fund golf tournament took place on Saturday, Aug. 19, at Triggs Memorial Golf Course, and the proceeds from this year’s event, which went to the Jimmy Fund, a major fundraising arm of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, were $11,300. That brought the event’s 24-year total to $273,085. One hundred and forty-four golfers competed in a best-ball format and were treated to a tailgate barbeque at the golf course’s Rescue Pub.
Stephen Ciesinski expected the 2013 Pan-Mass Challenge – an annual bike ride across Massachusetts to raise money for cancer research – to be his last. But the Los Altos Hills resident returned this year to honor good friend and longtime ride participant Steve Bauer, who died last fall. “I agreed to ride the Pan-Mass Challenge one more time,” said Ciesinski, who last month pedaled 85 miles, from Wellesley to Bourne. “I actually rode Bauer’s bike alongside his friends and four other friends.”
Wellesley’s Carol Chaoui plans fashion show to benefit metastatic breast cancer research while undergoing treatment herselfSeptember 04, 2017
Carol’s Corner, a special boutique at Renew Arts & Industry, at 19 South Main St. in Natick, will host an evening of “fashion with compassion” to benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Carol Chaoui, Wellesley’s own “wonder woman” and president of Carol’s Corner, a nonprofit foundation -- separate from the boutique -- has spent the summer months planning her first annual “Vintage Vogue Runway for Research,” a fashion show and fundraiser for metastatic breast cancer research, all while undergoing treatments for metastatic breast and thyroid cancer.
Bellingham resident Gary Bastarache will participate for the 27th time with the Dell EMC Customer Support Team in the 28th Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk on Sept. 24, as he’s joined by nearly 9,500 walkers along the Boston Marathon route, from Hopkinton to Copley Square. For the past 27 years, Gary has walked the full 26.2-mile course with friends, family and colleagues and has fundraised thousands of dollars to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub recently raised more than $600,000 during this year’s annual Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Fundraiser. Money was raised through in-restaurant donations and team members who participated in the New Balance Falmouth Road Race and the Pan Mass Challenge on Team Lanzoni. Team Lanzoni was founded in 2006 by a Ninety Nine Operations Direction in memory of former colleague David Lanzoni, died after a battle with cancer.
During the month of September, residents may notice certain members of the local police department are a little scruffier. No, the Walpole PD hasn’t forgotten how to use a razor; they are growing out their facial hair in a month-long Beard-A-Thon to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. The Jimmy Fund uses donations to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Detective Michael Benner organized the Beard-A-Thon.
Revival Home Fine Furnishings on Consignment recently made a $1,000 donation to the Breast Friends Fund in honor of owner Arlene Carr’s mother, Estrellita Quintans, who died one year ago from cancer. The donation represents a portion of the proceeds from Revival Home’s first week of sales in their new location at 588 New Park Ave., in the Home Design District of West Hartford. The Breast Friends Fund was founded by Sandy Cassanelli of Glastonbury to fund metastatic breast cancer research. To date the fund has given $96,000 to the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, which represents 100 percent of all monies raised.
When it comes to raising money, North Leominster's Little Leaguers are certainly tops in 2017. District 3 Little League administrator Gretchen Haibon recently announced the Bernice Avenue youngsters raised nearly half of the district's $21,372 during this year's Jimmy Fund Tournament campaign, which culminated with North Leominster winning the Open Division title. The Leominster National 11-year-olds won the Willie Sinclair title earlier this month.
Noah Ablove loves to bake. The Westford 12-year-old especially loves to bake with his grandmother, Mary Ann Ablove, who he says taught him everything he knows. For the fifth year, she and other family members are part of Noah's Minions, a fundraising team for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk held each September to support cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.