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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.

Cassie Ramos lost her mom to cancer. Now she's in her memory.
September 12, 2021

In Boston.com's "Why I'm Running" series, Boston Marathon runners share what's inspiring them to make the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston. Cassie Ramos shares her mother's story.

Golf event in Southwick raises money for Jimmy Fund
September 09, 2021

It may not have been the best day for golf, but players teed off anyway to fight cancer for the annual Jimmy Fund Western Mass Classic golf tournament held at The Ranch in Southwick.

13th annual 'Driving For the Cure' charity golf tournament raises money for cancer research
September 07, 2021

In memory of their father, western Massachusetts auto dealer Tom Cosenzi, his son and daughter raised money for neuro-oncology research as part of the annual "Tom Cosenzi Driving For the Cure" charity golf tournament. The tournament has raised more than $1 million for Dana-Farber over the past 13 years.

'I'm so proud': Quincy brothers set up snack bar in Wollaston and donate to Jimmy Fund
September 03, 2021

Two enterprising boys grew tired of "always asking for money," and decided to raise some themselves, donating 50% of the proceeds to the Jimmy Fund.

Revere Residents to Participate in Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk
August 31, 2021

Ten residents from Revere will choose their own route on October 3 for the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way presented by Hyundai. Participants are encouraged to “Walk Your Way” from wherever they are most comfortable — whether that be from their neighborhood, favorite trail, or from a treadmill in their own home.

Why I'm Running: 'No marathoner is tougher than any of my patients'
August 31, 2021

In Boston.com's "Why I'm Running" series, Boston Marathon runners share what's inspiring them to make the 26.2-mile trek from Hopkinton to Boston. A Dana-Farber nurse shares what inspires her to run.

WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon
August 25, 2021

WEEI/NESN sends a big thank you to everyone who donated during the 19th WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon presented by Arbella Insurance. Your generosity helped raise more than $3.7 million to help strike out cancer.

Scooper Bowl Hopes To Raise $150,000 For Jimmy Fund This Week With New Format
August 15, 2021

The Scooper Bowl is back for 2021 in a new, reimagined format. The annual fundraiser for the Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is usually held on City Hall Plaza in Boston, where it’s raised more than $7 million since 1983. Because of the pandemic, instead of having crowds at the plaza, two kinds of ice cream kits will be sold over four days at four locations, starting this Thursday, August 19.

PMC Detour: Lakeville's Dr. Robert Friedman improvises at this year's Pan-Mass Challenge
August 11, 2021

Lakeville resident Dr. Robert Friedman never missed the Pan-Mass Challenge, though this year, his 22nd ride for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber, was a little different.

Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl at Patriot Place
August 11, 2021

Patriot Place is hosting the 2021 Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl on Thursday, Aug. 19. The Scooper Bowl is an annual fundraising effort where participants can enjoy ice cream while supporting adult and pediatric cancer research and care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Pan-Mass Challenge 2021: More than 6,000 riders cycle across Massachusetts for first time in 2 years
August 08, 2021

Thousands of riders returned to biking all across Massachusetts this weekend for a “very sweet” and “satisfying” Pan-Mass Challenge after last year’s plans changed dramatically because of the pandemic. The two-day, 211-mile bike-a-thon that raises money for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brought together more than 6,000 riders to cycle across Massachusetts for the first time since August 2019.

PMC Riders Close In On $53M Fundraising Goal As Day 2 Gets Underway
August 08, 2021

Sunday marked the second day of the annual Pan-Mass Challenge as cyclists saddled up at several different starting lines. Though there are several changes in place this year to keep everyone safe, there is a feeling of hope and happiness as the riders come back together.

‘This Is For Her’: Pan-Mass Challenge Riders Honor Loved Ones Who Died From Cancer
August 07, 2021

Starting out dark and early, the 2021 Pan-Mass Challenge officially got underway Saturday morning, for a ride that bring both smiles and tears.

'Bakes for Breast Cancer': Maine eateries raising money for cancer research
August 06, 2021

Several restaurants and bakeries in Maine are participating in “Bakes for Breast Cancer,” which raises money for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute research. The fundraising event, which has come to Maine for the first time, runs all weekend.

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