Why We Fundraise

This quote is on the wall at Dana-Farber and it hits home:

“It has been said the purpose of life is to spend it on something that outlives you. No man finds his ultimate end in himself, but does so by sharing with others.” 

Sidney Farber, MD

We can think of no better way to thank the professionals who provide such outstanding care, and with hopes of easing the journey for cancer patients of today and tomorrow.

Why Dana Farber Cancer Institute?

From their website:

Since its founding in 1947, Dana Farber has been committed to providing adults and children with cancer with the best treatment available today while developing tomorrow’s cures through cutting-edge resource.

Our equal commitment to research and patient care is unique among cancer centers and results in an extraordinary level of collaboration between our scientists and clinicians, speeding the translation of laboratory discoveries into lifesaving treatments for patients all over the world.

From me:

When I was diagnosed, I wanted to get my care and treatment in a building where everyone’s focus was on cancer. When medical professionals were on their lunch break, I wanted the table chatter to be about cancer. Not the flu, not appendicitis, not knee surgery. I wanted laser focus on this disease.

I’d heard the name Dana-Farber and of course had given to the Jimmy Fund over the years, but I had no idea what a great place it was and how lucky we are to have this resource here in Boston. Their model of patient-centered care helps take much of the sting out of a grueling experience. I joke that it’s the Neiman Marcus of hospitals, and am so grateful to have this resource in arm’s reach.

What is the Jimmy Fund?

From the website:

The Jimmy Fund solely supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. Since its founding in 1948, the Jimmy Fund has raised millions of dollars through thousands of community fundraising events.

The story of the Jimmy Fund is one of grassroots involvement – of thousands of people organizing bake sales, lemonade stands, runs, walks, golf tournaments, dances, and softball games to raise money for cancer research and care.

From me:

These events help us feel like we are paying it forward in a tangible way. When Nico rode in his first PMC Kids Ride, the welcome speech encouraged kids to consider this the start of their fundraising journeys.

What have we done?

Pan Mass Challenge

The Pan Mass Challenge raised $56 Million for Dana Farber in 2018.

Angelo rode the 2018 Pan Mass Challenge – for his first ride, he did the 80 mile route (Wellesley to Bourne). He raised $7,450 in his first year.

Inspired by Angelo’s ride, Nico joined the Lexington PMC Kids Ride in 2018. He was the top fundraiser for the event, totaling $3,580.  The Lexington event was the largest kids event in the state (raising over $127K)!

Boston Marathon

The Dana Farber Marathon Challenge raises about $6 Million annually.

In 2019, we have three friends running Boston as part of the Dana Farber Marathon Challenge. We turned Cassie’s 45th birthday party into a fundraiser, to help these three runners meet their fundraising goals and to cheer them on during the grueling training months. To date, we have raised $6,749.

Jimmy Fund Walk

The Jimmy Fund Walk raises about $8 Million annually.

We have created a team for this September 2019 event. Join or sponsor us if you can! (Team #ShadesOnStayStrong). It’s the only event (other than the Boston Marathon) that gets to use the full Hopkinton-to-Boston route – with 4 distance options (5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon or Full Marathon).