Boston Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard named 2012 Jimmy Fund  Rally Against CancerSM spokesplayer

February 24, 2012

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund announce that Boston Red Sox pitcher Daniel Bard will be the 2012 Jimmy Fund Rally Against Cancer Spokesplayer.

Joining the ranks of past spokesplayers including Tim Wakefield, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, and Trot Nixon, Bard will be an ambassador for the Jimmy Fund to raise awareness and build support for cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

"I am honored to work with the Jimmy Fund in this role," said Bard.

Now in its seventh year, Rally Against Cancer encourages Red Sox fans to partner with their workplaces and schools by encouraging co-workers, classmates, and friends to each contribute $5 or more to the Jimmy Fund. In exchange, they can “Dress for Sox-cess” by wearing Boston Red Sox gear to work or school on Friday, April 13, when the Sox take on the Tampa Bay Rays at Fenway Park for their home opener.

The top fundraising workplace and school (K-12, college or university) are each eligible for a visit from Bard, if located within two-hour travel distance from Boston.

This year’s event adds a new twist—the second highest fundraising team (workplace or school) after the top fundraising school and business, can also win a visit from Bard.

In six years, Rally Against Cancer has raised $2.5 million to support the fight against cancer at Dana-Farber. This year, the program hopes to raise $650,000. For more information about Rally, please visit RallyAgainstCancer.org and follow the Rally Against Cancer hashtag on Twitter: #Rally.

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