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Stem cell doctor joins PMC rider after nearly 20 years of partnership
July 22, 2022

It was a surprise for a pair of longtime teammates doing the Pan-Mass Challenge: doctor Corey Cutler of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute revealed that for the first time, he would be riding his second day of the PMC with his Stem Cell Cyclists teammate Martha Gold, who rides in honor of her sister, a stem cell transplant patient.

Valvoline Instant Oil Change℠ supports cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
July 14, 2022

54 Valvoline Instant Oil Change℠ locations in New England are participating in A Chance for Kids & Families® program for the 9th consecutive year to raise money for the Jimmy Fund.

Granite Staters riding to raise $66M for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
July 14, 2022

The 131 NH riders will join 6,000 others in early August riding between 25 and 210 miles as part of the Pan-Mass Challenge bike-a-thon.

Lakeville's 'Candyman' selling chocolate to raise money for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
July 08, 2022

Fred Reagan, nicknamed "The Candyman," is selling chocolate bars to raise money for the Jimmy Fund. He will participate in his 17th Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk this October.

Winchester man ready to ride Pan-Mass Challenge for wife fighting rare cancer
June 27, 2022

David Morse of Winchester is ready to ride the Pan-Mass Challenge in support of his wife, who is undergoing treatment for a rare cancer.

Fenway Fantasy Day gives cancer patients a chance to take the field

June 26, 2022

Hundreds of adults and kids got the opportunity to play on the field at Fenway Park on Saturday as part of a long-running drive to raise money for cancer research. The John Hancock Fenway Fantasy Day gives donors along with cancer patients the opportunity to bat and take the field of Boston’s iconic Fenway Park.

Batting practice event at Fenway Park raises money for Jimmy Fund
June 25, 2022

Dana-Farber cancer patients and Jimmy Fund supporters got to take the field at Fenway Park on Saturday. The John Hancock Fenway Fantasy Day raised funds for the Jimmy Fund by holding a batting and fielding practice at the home of the Red Sox.

Brookline boy, cancer patient to bat at Fenway Park for Jimmy Fund

June 22, 2022

Cael Su Sotto, a three-year-old from Brookline, has been named a patient partner for this year's John Hancock Fenway Fantasy Day to benefit the Jimmy Fund, taking place on Saturday, June 25.

Brock Holt plans to run Boston Marathon to support Dana-Farber

June 20, 2022

Brock Holt, in a NESN interview Sunday, said he and his wife, Lakyn, plan to run the 2023 Boston Marathon to support Dana-Farber. “I’m going to say this on air, so I guess it’s going to be officially official."

The 39th annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl festival taking place at Patriot Place on Saturday

June 18, 2022

Join the Boston 25 News team at the Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl, the annual all-you-can-eat ice cream festival celebrating its 39th anniversary.

Supporters give $24 donations in honor of Charlie Capalbo's 24th birthday
May 24, 2022

In honor of Charlie Capalbo, who passed away on April 24 after a five-year battle with cancer, family and friends Tuesday donated $24 each to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to mark what would have been Capalbo's 24th birthday.

The 39th annual Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl® presented by Valvoline Instant Oil Change at Patriot Place
May 19, 2022

The beloved and delicious Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl® presented by Valvoline Instant Oil Change is back in a big way for its 39th year at a new location: Patriot Place in Foxborough.

Hometown Hero: Jay Jeannotte, Narragansett
May 17, 2022

Local Hometown Sports Hero is Jay Jeannotte, a Narragansett native who will step into the ring Thursday night in a charity fight in Boston for Haymakers for Hope to benefit Dana-Farber.

Pan-Mass Challenge hosts Heavy Hitter Evening, Art Of The Ride auction
May 07, 2022

The Pan-Mass Challenge hosted its Heavy Hitter Evening, honoring the top PMC fundraisers who contributed to Dana-Farber in 2019, 2020, and 2021, as well as the first Art of the Ride auction, which featured unique pieces from 31 different artists with 100% of the proceeds benefitting lifesaving cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber.

Westwood PMC Kids Ride returning June 12
April 28, 2022

Westwood's PMC Kids ride will be returning in person for the first time since 2019 on June 12. The event will begin at 7:45 a.m. at the Martha Jones School. Families are encouraged to ride or walk to the event as parking will be limited.

Presenting sponsor named for Tom Cosenzi Charity Golf Tournament
April 22, 2022

This year‘s Tom Cosenzi Driving for the Cure Charity Golf Tournament will be teeing off again for its 14th annual tournament to benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Toni Joy is lacing up to support cancer patients in memory of her mother
April 18, 2022

This runner from Tewksbury is running Boston for Dana-Farber in the memory of her mother who she lost to cancer.

Woman runs for Dana-Farber after husband survives rare cancer
April 18, 2022

A woman who was facing the possibility of becoming a pregnant widow is running the Boston Marathon to raise money to support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute – the facility that she credits with saving her husband and keeping her family together.

Why Julie Shapiro is running Boston for Dana-Farber
April 17, 2022

Julie Shapiro has raised over $150,000 for the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team.

Christine Saleeba is running her first marathon for Dana-Farber
April 17, 2022

This Rehoboth runner is taking on Boston to help bring an end to cancer with Dana-Farber.

Framingham man will handcycle his 30th marathon at 126th Boston Marathon
April 11, 2022

Dennis Moran will compete in the 126th Boston Marathon on his handcycle. This year will be his 30th handcycle marathon.

Red Sox pitcher Nathan Eovaldi to continue as Jimmy Fund Captain in 2022
April 11, 2022

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund announced today that Boston Red Sox pitcher, Nathan Eovaldi, will continue to serve as the Jimmy Fund Captain.

Celtics VP Heather Walker 'living every day to the fullest,' ready to ride Pan-Mass Challenge Winter Cycle
April 08, 2022

The Boston Celtics will be well represented at this year’s PMC Winter Cycle, with Vice President of Public Relations Heather Walker taking part in the event to mark a personal victory.

Jimmy Fund Walk returning this fall after pandemic hiatus
April 05, 2022

The biggest single-day fundraising walk in the country, the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, is returning to an in-person format this year after a pandemic hiatus.

Mother running Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber after son treated for leukemia
March 31, 2022

Audrey Norman is running with the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge in honor of her family.

'I want my kids to live in a cancer-free world'
March 28, 2022

Losing her mother to cancer inspired Amanda Bathory to run the Boston Marathon and raise money for cancer research.

Rob Gronkowski and ESPN analyst Rob Ninkovich to host Jimmy Fund Bingo Night Presented by OOFOS
March 15, 2022

Enjoy some family fun with Jimmy Fund Bingo Night Presented by OOFOS. The live online game is co-hosted by Super Bowl Champions Rob Gronkowski and Rob Ninkovich.

Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk is back in-person on October 2
March 03, 2022

Registration is now open for the 2022 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, which will be held on October 2 and in-person for the first time in two years.

Anonymous donor couple will match every PMC rider's registration fee
January 12, 2022

An anonymous donor couple will match every PMC rider's registration fee as a donation to Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

Police/Fire: Officers raise $4,400 for cancer research
January 06, 2022

Forty-four members of the Gloucester Police Department took part in the "Growing Hair Because We Care" fundraiser and raised $4,400 to support ovarian cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Swimmers brave Southie waters in January to fight cancer
January 02, 2022

Brave swimmers plunged into the water of South Boston in an annual New Year’s Day dip to raise money for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund in honor of a co-worker’s wife.

Pepperell Police Chief David Scott honored for work with Jimmy Fund
December 29, 2021

Police Chief David Scott was honored with the Hector J. Pelletier Award by the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association for his work with the Jimmy Fund, which supports Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

8-year-old Chatham girl leads students in making friendship bracelets for kids at Dana-Farber
December 16, 2021

A fundraising letter written by a little boy named Max made an impression on Harriet Bierwirth, who goes by “Hattie,” inspiring her and her classmates to make friendship bracelets for kids undergoing cancer treatment at the Jimmy Fund Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

TD Garden holds event to support Celtics executive's fight against cancer
November 24, 2021

Celtics Vice President of Public Relations Heather Walker was diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer, and started a research fund to help others with the disease at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Northborough raises funds for breast cancer
October 19, 2021

First responders and a local business raised $1,000 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute thanks to a pink patch event held on Oct. 15 in Northborough, Mass.

'Get in the Spirit for the Jimmy Fund' campaign gets underway
October 14, 2021

The Beacon Hill Business Community is going above and beyond for the month of October to raise funds for a very cherished charity – The Jimmy Fund. The goal of this campaign is to raise money for the Jimmy Fund, but in doing so it has brought together store owners, residents, customers, and visitors, who are all contributing to the cause.

'He's going to carry me on his wings': Man running Boston Marathon in late son's memory
October 11, 2021

A father is running the Boston Marathon in his son's memory and to raise money for Dana-Farber, a hospital dear to his heart. Franceschelli had never run more than two miles before he started training for this year's Boston Marathon.

Weymouth runners dedicate each mile of Boston Marathon to loved ones
October 07, 2021

Joe Manning and Kayla Smith will each have loved ones on their minds as they approach the 125th Boston Marathon on Monday. The 26.2-mile route will be an emotional test for both Weymouth residents running for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Bruins' David Pastrnak, Stop & Shop selling themed pasta to support cancer research, care
October 07, 2021

Boston Bruins star forward David Pastrnak has teamed up with Stop & Shop to launch a limited-edition penne pasta, proceeds of which will support pediatric cancer research and care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.

Thousands participate In virtual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk
October 03, 2021

About 7,000 people put on a comfortable pair of sneakers Sunday morning to walk their neighborhood streets or a favorite trail for a very important cause. It’s another pandemic-modified version of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. The goal is to raise money for cancer research and patient care.

Gianna Bender is running Boston to raise funds for cancer research
October 02, 2021

Gianna Bender became an oncology nurse after watching her friend, Henry, battle cancer. She's running to support the care the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute provides.

Shake Shack launches new milkshake to raise funds for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's Boston Marathon team
September 30, 2021

Shake Shack announces that they will be supporting the fundraising efforts of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team through its Boston-exclusive Marathon Mocha shake. With over 300 runners for the 2021 race, the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team raises funds to benefit the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber.

2-time cancer survivor running Boston Marathon for Dana-Farber
September 27, 2021

This is Hilary Hall's ninth year running for the Dana-Farber team, and she knows more than most how important these fundraising efforts are.

Emily Selland is running for her stepfather who was the ‘heart and soul’ of his community
September 27, 2021

Emily Selland's stepfather, Paul Gruchacz, inspires her to run as part of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team each year.

Mighty Moose 5k Road Race For Ovarian Cancer Prevention Returns With In-Person Event Sunday In Concord
September 24, 2021

A road race in Concord that raises hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and ovarian cancer research is hitting the road once again and they hope a new hybrid race will help the field grow.

Eight-Year-Old Leukemia Survivor To Ride For Cancer Research
September 22, 2021

An inspiring eight-year-old cancer survivor out of Brentwood, NH, raised funds for cancer research in this year's PMC Kids Ride for Pedal Partners on Sept. 19.

Shawmut Participates in 2021 Pan-Mass Challenge, Accumulating $1.7M and Counting for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
September 21, 2021

Shawmut Design and Construction, a national construction management firm, participated in the 2021 Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC), marking the 14th consecutive year the firm has participated in the bike-a-thon to raise funds for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Shrewsbury Residents Running Boston Marathon To Conquer Cancer
September 21, 2021

Shrewsbury residents are taking part in the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team, which will run in-person this year and will also field a virtual team, along with more than 300 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge teammates from across the United States and around the world.

Jim Carr Memorial Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament raises over $14K

September 15, 2021

The 28th annual Woonsocket Little League’s Jim Carr Memorial Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament, which was held on Aug. 21 at Triggs Memorial Golf Course, was again a big success, as the tourney raised $14,250, bringing its all-time total to $317,877 for the Jimmy Fund.

Cape Coral woman carries on fundraising tradition in honor of late husband
September 13, 2021

Cape Coral's Cheryle Rumble, along with children Nicole Crocker and Scott and Adam Chase and grandchildren Catherine Haley and Allison, will do virtual walks in their communities in honor of Cheryle's late husband, Rodney, and the Jimmy Fund.

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