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The Annual Cape & Islands Bakes for Breast Cancer starts on June 5 and continues through June 11. Approximately 200 restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries and cafes throughout Massachusetts will participate across the state. All Roche Brothers locations will participate from June 5-11.
The Pan-Mass Challenge celebrated the fund-raising success of its Heavy Hitters at a gala at the InterContinental on Friday. Notable attendees included Pan-Mass Challenge founder Billy Starr; Dana-Farber president and CEO Dr. Laurie Glimcher; Dr. Mark Kieran, director of pediatric medical neuro-oncology at Dana-Farber; Josh Bekenstein, chairman of the board of trustees at Dana-Farber; Lisa Hughes of WBZ-TV; local philanthropist Ashley Bernon; and Samantha Janower, a 16-year-old pediatric cancer survivor who shared her inspiring story with the audience at the event.
Mini-golf is a time-honored summer tradition that got off to an early start in Pembroke, as Putting for Patients was held in the Pembroke High School gym Friday, May 5 to help raise money for The Jimmy Fund. The Pembroke High School Student Council helped run the event for The Jimmy Fund, a charity that has been largely associated with the Boston Red Sox since 1953.
Needham’s Ryan Coffey, 25, will be boxing in the upcoming Haymakers for Hope Rock N’ Rumble to help raise funds for cancer research. Coffey, 25, who grew up in town, is a media advertising account executive. He will fight in the light-heavyweight division (175 pounds). The Times spoke with Coffey about his upcoming match that will take place May 18 at the House of Blues on Lansdowne Street in Boston.
Sophomore twin-sisters have opted to take on the challenge of bringing something special to Norwich. The girls, Hannah and Brenna Baker, have participated in the PMC in Rhode Island for many years and are now coordinating the Second Annual PMC (Pan-Mass Challenge) Kids Bike Ride in Norwich.
The Massachusetts Bay Coaches Association (MBCA), in conjunction with the John Hancock Fantasy Day at Fenway Park, will co-sponsor four sectional High School All-Stars Home Run Derbies on May 7. Pledges and donations will benefit The Jimmy Fund, and winners will face the Green Monster of Fenway Park on Saturday, June 3.
The 18th Annual Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer starts on Monday, May 8 and continues through Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 14. Approximately 200 restaurants, supermarkets, bakeries and cafes throughout Massachusetts will participate across the state. All Roche Brothers locations will participate from May 5-11.
The Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School cosmetology program raised $1,800 for four Franklin runners who participated in the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge 2017. The third annual Cut-A-Thon and Style-A-Thon was held on April 13. Students in the high school and postsecondary cosmetology programs, along with alumni, raised funds to support local Franklin runners Bonnie Cameron in her first Boston Marathon; Cameron’s daughters Katie and Kerry Cameron; and Cameron’s cousin Micaela Cameron. They all ran on Team Dana-Farber in the Boston Marathon.
FoMu, an Allston-based ice cream shop, and El Pelon Taqueria in Brighton will participate in Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer, running May 8-14. Establishments around the city have the option of donating the proceeds of one specific dessert or, like El Pelon Taqueria, 50 percent of the proceeds of all deserts to support breast cancer care and research. This year’s recipient will be the research of Dr. Shom Goel at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which focuses on combining immunotherapy and a new class of drugs to more effectively treat breast cancer.
The first annual Reason 2 Run on Sunday raised just over $6,000 toward cancer research. The one mile run/walk that began and ended in Endicott Park drew in 182 registrations, according to Steve Couture, who coordinated the event with David Benson.
The Pembroke High School Student Council will host the Putting for Patients Event from 4 to 7 p.m. May 5 in the Pembroke High School Gymnasium, 80 Learning Lane. Some of the event highlights will include an 18-hole miniature golf course, a 50-foot putting green with a contest winner of a $1,000 vacation for two, face painting, caricaturist, concessions and more.
The Friends of Dana-Farber and host, Chef Jeremy Sewall, raised more than $365,000 for cancer research and patient care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event celebrated friendship, food, and philanthropy through an interactive dinner and auction, and honored Annie McNamara, a 27-year-old cancer survivor.
The kid’s fair and campout will take place June 10-11 at Willow Brook Farm, 1070 Washington St., to help fight cancer. The event at Willow Brook Farm, known as Camping for a Cure, will be a fundraiser for Massachusetts Farm Bureau Federation’s Pan-Mass Challenge team. The PMC is a bike-a-thon that brings together thousands of cyclists, volunteers, donors and corporate sponsors to provide the resources necessary to discover cures for all types of cancer. Currently, five farmers and open space supporters are set to ride more than 750 combine for MFBF and for those who can’t on Aug. 5-6. All the funds raised for the PMC will go to cancer research through the Dana-Faber Cancer Research Institution and the Jimmy Fund.
A Medway resident will take compete in the seventh annual “Haymakers for Hope Rock ’N Rumble,” a white collar charity boxing event at 6:30 p.m. May 18 at the House of Blues Boston, 15 Lansdowne St. The bouts will begin at 7:30 p.m. Since the first event in 2011, Haymakers for Hope has raised more than $6 million for cancer research and has trained more than 450 participants by providing them with four months of boxing training at prominent local gyms in anticipation of their first amateur sanctioned boxing match in front of a live audience. At this year’s annual “Rock ’N Rumble,” the organization hopes to raise upwards of $550,000.
Christos J. Nikolis is an eight-year participant in the Pan Mass Challenge each August, biking 192 miles from Sturbridge to Provincetown. The fundraising ride involves 6,000 riders and 3,000 volunteers. He wanted his children to take part in a Kids Ride, "but there were none nearby so we started our own," says Nikolis, a co-coordinator of the Suffield Pan Mass Challenge Kids Ride.
Dennis Tupper’s reasons for the running Boston Marathon are achingly personal. And yet in the convivial context of the best day Boston has to offer, they are also eternally universal. “It’s just the positivity,’’ said Tupper, who is running for the Dana Farber team. “There’s no other day in Boston like it, and I’ve never seen anything like it in another city. Everybody is happy. Everybody is happy to be there and be outside after being cooped up all winter long. Everybody is in awe of what the marathoners do. When you’re in the crowd, you’re really excited for people. And when you’re running, the crowd carries you.”
Finally! Spring has sprung. It’s so freeing when we’re no longer cooped up inside. Not that there aren’t wonderful winter things to do outdoors, but for me, sporting bulky layers is not my idea of fun. This will be my first spring with two very active kiddos, and I’m excited – bring it on! Aubrey, who’s eight, and Clara, who turns 5 next month, are both signed up to the hilt with sports and outdoorsy events. They love hiking, biking, and normally we have to drag them inside long after it gets dark. I love how their active lives keeps me active. We recently found out about the PMC Kids Ride in Sandwich. This is the inaugural event for Upper Cape. The Lower Cape ride in Chatham, has been peddling for a cause for the past 12 years. Both events deserve a mention, so I’ll drag out my soapbox and climb up.
This new mom has a lot to celebrate this spring. Three months into motherhood, Katie Meinelt had a shocking diagnosis. “My son was born in August of 2015 and when he was 3 months old, on December 2nd 2015, I was diagnosed with breast cancer,” said Meinelt. Meinelt said it was a shock. In her 30s and an avid runner, she never thought she'd be one of the more than 250,000 American women diagnosed with invasive breast cancer each year. Now she's back in form and ready to run the Boston Marathon for the eleventh time.
A Boston business woman is helping cancer patients heal with knitting needles and yarn. "It's really therapeutic and meditative," said Christina Fagan, describing how knitting makes her feel. Fagan's mother, Katie Fagan, taught her how to knit when she was 10. Two years ago, Fagan took a leap of faith and left her lucrative job in sales to start her own business.
“We chose to run for Dana-Farber because our father was treated there. But they gave us hope,” Meghan says. “That was the lesson that was learned when Dad was sick. You have to make the best of everything but in these times of difficulties, we have to have hope. That’s what the doctors and nurses and clinicians and everyone at Dana-Farber did. They gave (hope) to us when there wasn’t any hope left.”
Crayon College at Plymouth participated in a “JEANS DAY” for the Red Sox home opener. Crayon College asked families and friends to sponsor their children to participate, leaving the amount of their pledge up to them. The children in the program participated in baseball themed activities, games and crafts. Crayon College even had a Fenway Frank lunch bunch. When discussing it with the older preschoolers after the event, several of the children gave responses to the question “Why did we collect money for The Jimmy Fund?” One that stood out the most was “Jimmy helps kids feel better in the hospital. Kids who don’t scrape their arm, kids who have a disease. We helped to give them medicine.”
When Emma Howe, MCAS ’18 was a senior in high school, she promised her dad that she would run the Boston Marathon. Earlier that year, Scott Howe had been diagnosed with Stage Four oropharyngeal cancer. The advanced cancer of the throat and tongue required immediate and intense treatment. He underwent eight weeks of radiation and chemotherapy at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. This meant daily radiation, major surgeries, and constant care.
Shore Kids Ride has been an annual event for her family since its inception 11 years ago. This year, Elle, who was Bat Mitzvahed at Congregation Sh’aray Shalom recently, made the ride her Mitzvah Project. A mitzvah is defined in the Jewish religion as a commandment to do a good deed.
The Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute held their annual spring gala, Dinner and Late Night With Friends, at the Hotel Commonwealth Friday evening, raising more than $375,000 to support patient care and cancer research. Hosted by chef and Island Creek Oyster Bar owner Jeremy Sewall, the evening featured cocktails and an interactive dinner with local celebrity chefs, including Jody Adams of TRADE and Porto; Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks and Tiger Mama; Andy Husbands of Tremont 647 and Smoke Shop; William Kovel of Catalyst; Michael Schlow of Doretta Taverna and Tico Boston; and Jasper White of Summer Shack.
Matthew Growney said he’s finally reached the point that he’s running the Boston Marathon for himself. It took him four years to get there, after the deaths of his mother and father. Wilma Growney lost her battle to stage IV colon cancer, and Robert Growney died from liver and kidney failure. He’ll be thinking of them when he runs this year’s Boston Marathon, which, in a sense, is more liberating, because Matthew said he finally has a local community of runners that have helped him work through the pain of losing both parents.
Mohawk Rubber Sales’ Worthwhile Life Foundation recently donated $3,467 to the eighth Annual Knock Out Cancer event being held on Saturday, April 8 at the South Shore Sports Center in Hingham to raise money and awareness for breast cancer research. Mohawk Rubber joins South Shore Bank, which has sponsored Knock Out Cancer since its inception in 2010, as a lead sponsor of the event. Mohawk Rubber’s Worthwhile Life Foundation donates a portion of the proceeds from their annual SuperBowling fundraiser to Knock Out Cancer. This year’s donation is particularly significant, as it pushes Knock Out Cancer’s total donation to The Jimmy Fund over $100,000.
Sarah Lamoreaux has quite the relaxing route while training for her first Boston Marathon. With Ramshorn Pond behind her Griggs Road home, she finds a soothing backdrop while legging out 6- to 10-mile weekday sessions. But what motivates her to trudge on when the pain and fatigue set in comes from a more divine source. The Northbridge native and certified registered nurse anesthetist at Heywood Hospital in Gardner says no matter what she’s doing, her aunt, Carol Virostek, is always in her mind, pushing her to continue on.
For one day only, Aly Raisman can be your workout buddy—no backflips required. On May 6, the Olympic gymnast is joining Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Reebok for the Jimmy Fund Fit Fest, an all-day fitness spectacular taking place on the Esplanade. Raisman will kick things off with opening remarks and a guided warmup. Then, the day transitions into five workouts led by some of Boston’s best instructors
Most runners preparing to take part in the Boston Marathon have developed some type of damage by mid-March. Maybe it’s a tight hamstring, maybe a touch of tendinitis in the knee, maybe a sore Achilles heel, or maybe a hip flexor that needs adjusting. But not many will be running in the 121st Boston Marathon while undergoing treatment for breast cancer. Thirty-six-year-old Milton resident Katie Crowell, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in May 2015, will be running in the marathon for the seventh time.
On April 12, Saloon will host the second annual tribute evening in honor of Ken Kelly, notable Somerville restaurateur and business leader who passed in December 2015, after a long battle with cancer. In 2001, Kelly founded The Independent in Union Square and later opened sister restaurants Foundry on Elm, Saloon, Brass Union and River Bar in addition to the Rockwell Theater.
Former Red Sox CEO and Jimmy Fund Chairman Larry Lucchino joined Boston Herald Radio’s “Morning Meeting” program yesterday, where he talked baseball, politics and funding cancer research.
Have dinner and late-night with friends – the Friends of Dana-Farber’s, to be exact – with a chef-studded fundraiser on Friday, April 7th. Host Jeremy Sewall will gather friends and colleagues Jody Adams, Tiffani Faison, Andy Husbands, William Kovel, Michael Schlow and Jasper White to the Hotel Commonwealth for collaborative dinner from the culinary stars.
Wellesley native Annie McNamara turned 27 this week, and it’s hard to imagine her getting any birthday present that will ever top a gift from her sister Molly last year — a bone marrow match that has enabled Annie to beat off an unusual sort of cancer in someone so young. McNamara will share her story with attendees of the Friends of Dana-Farber’s spring gala on April 7 at the Hotel Commonwealth in Boston.
The organizers of the local Highland Country Club/Jim Rignanese Memorial Golf Tournament were honored during Jimmy Fund Golf Appreciation Night earlier this month. North Attleborough residents who were honored include Jack and Michelle Fitzgibbons and Rock and Jane Hergt. The organizers were honored on March 2 at the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care at Dana-Farber. Last year’s golf tournament – which marked the tournament’s 30th year – raised more than $60,000 for the Jimmy Fund.
Spring is here, and on Saturday, March 25, the Boston Marathon course filled with runners training for the upcoming race. With weather great for running, Wellesley saw a steady stream of runners, both in the streets and along the sidewalks. Among them was Carol Chaoui, of Wellesley, and her running team “Wonder Woman and Her Superhero Friends.”
A local brewery is crafting a limited edition ale to raise money for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Beara Irish Brewing Company, a nanobrewery on Lafayette Road, announced their new Eatman's Ale and said that a portion of the proceeds will be contributed to the Matt Eaton Memorial Golf Tournament. Michael Potorti, the founder of the Beara Irish Brewing Company, said Kerry Marshall, a member of the Matt Eaton Memorial Golf Tournament committee, initially contacted them about donating to the tournament. But Potorti offered to craft a special brew in memory of Matt, who fought a courageous battle with cancer for a year before passing away in November of 2016.
Madison Bell, 12, was the lucky winner who got to pie her teacher Christine Hoyle in the face as part of a PCIS fundraiser Thursday, March 23. Bell was nice, gently dragging the pie down Hoyle's face before placing it atop her teacher's head.
Three Dedham residents are working hard to increase both their mileage and their fundraising dollars as they prepare to run the Boston Marathon as part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team. For Nicole Girard and her husband, Eric, this will be their first marathon as members of the team, and Margot Hayes is running for the second year in a row. All three residents mention their hope to contribute to cancer research and help eradicate a disease that has touched so many as their primary goal for running the iconic road race.
Medfield resident Alison Robertson was named a Top 10 Fundraiser for her efforts in the 2016 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai. Robertson was among a select group of awardees recognized for her fundraising and commitment to the event at last week's Extra Mile Brunch.
The organizers of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association Ralph Lepore Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament were honored during Jimmy Fund Golf Appreciation Night on March 2 at the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care at Dana-Farber. The 2016 tournament raised more than $40,000 for the Jimmy Fund.
The Pan-Mass Challenge announced its 2017 fundraising goal Tuesday. The charity bike ride is aiming to raise a record $48 million this year, bringing their 38-year total to $595 million. The money raised during the PMC supports patient care and cancer research at Dana Farmer Cancer Institute. Each year the ride raises more money for charity than any other single athletic event.
Middletown resident Katie Humphrey is running in this year's Boston Marathon as part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Team to honor her late father Jay Humphrey, who died in 2010 from a rare form of blood cancer.
Fred Simon's friends and family are throwing him a party. Not a birthday party -- Fred turned 80 last fall. Just a party, a get-together, a chance for folks to wish Fred well. "It's a celebration of his life," says Warren Shaw, Fred's good friend who helps run many of the fundraisers with which Fred is involved. "He's worth it."
When Tommy Joffrion, an 11-year-old from Leominster, received a terrifying diagnosis in 2010, friends of the family quickly mobilized forces and began baking cupcakes, taking orders via Facebook and word-of-mouth, and delivering them all over the city to raise critical funds for the family's expenses and to spread the word about a family in need of a hand. They called themselves Team Tommy, and their mission was to help the Joffrion family as they navigated a world that included pediatric cancer, brain tumors and multiple diagnoses of leukemia and neurofibromatosis. In the years that followed, the group devised an annual Cupcake Festival to bring that faithful community together to celebrate life.
Chris Lopez, of Allston, recently was named Volunteer of the Year for his efforts in the 2016 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk
When Central Rock Climbing Gym opened in Watertown in 2013, Kai Kharpertian was one of the first employees, working there as a route-setter. It was there where he met his wife, Kiara Kharpertian. This year, Kai is running the Boston Marathon in memory of Kiara, who passed away in 2016. Kiara was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer as a 25-year-old doctoral student—and then with a stage 4 recurrence just over two years later.
Marlborough has 13 residents running in this year's Boston Marathon. Marlborough Patch highlights those runners in the next few weeks. Today, we meet Kimberly Anne Cox, who is 42. Good luck, Kimberly!
Last year, 429 children ranging in ages from 3-18 participated in the PMC South Shore Kids Ride and they raised $73,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through the Jimmy Fund. Over the last ten years, the ride has raised a total of $585,000 for groundbreaking research and treatment.
New England Patriots' Nate Solder Helps Stop & Shop Kick-Off Floral Campaign Benefiting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. The Ambassador Kids Fundraiser flower bouquets are exclusively available at Stop & Shop stores in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island from March 3rd through April 16th
The first Friends of Jay Dion Memorial Classic golf tournament will be held Thursday, May 25, at Juniper Hill Golf Course in Northborough. Longtime Northborough resident Jay Dion passed away in June 2016 at the age of 52 after just 11 weeks of battling NUT Midline Carcinoma, a very rare and aggressive cancer. Only 20-30 cases of this cancer are reported each year and there is no cure. He left behind his wife Gayle of 22 years and two children Logan and Tyler.