Family designs bracelet to honor brother and support Dana-Farber

Left to right: siblings Danny, Jennifer, and Fred Magnanimi were a close-knit trio.

As he embarked on an investment banking career, Fred Magnanimi vowed two things: He’d never live in his native Rhode Island, and he would never work in his family’s jewelry manufacturing business. Now he’s doing both – and Dana-Farber’s Holiday Cards & Gifts presented by Amica Insurance is benefiting. Love and loss inspired Magnanimi’s change of heart. His younger brother, Danny, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) in May 2012, at 32. Danny was then running the family’s factory with their father, and during his treatment at Dana-Farber he shared with Fred his vision for growing the business. After …

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Jon’s Story: Turning the Tide in the Fight Against Cancer

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The year 2013 is one that Jonathan Seely and his family will never forget. In October, Jonathan was diagnosed with throat cancer. Soon after his diagnosis, he visited Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for a second opinion on treatment options. His care team at Dana-Farber recommended eight weeks of treatment, including five days of radiation and one day of chemotherapy each week. To Jonathan, the treatment plan seemed daunting, but he was determined to beat his cancer. Every day for the next eight weeks, Jonathan, his wife, Cyndie, and his daughter, Ana, who flew out from California, attended his appointments at Dana-Farber. …

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Patient family’s estate gift to Dana-Farber is a celebration of life

Esther and Jon Zaff, with their daughters Gabriella (left), Eliana, and their dog, Effie, made a gift to Dana-Farber in their will to recognize the outstanding care Esther has received.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s expert care and research not only saved Esther Zaff’s life almost a decade ago—they also make possible her healthy, active life as a mother of two today. To honor that fact and ensure that Dana-Farber’s lifesaving research continues into the future, Esther and her husband, Jon, made a gift to Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund in their will. In 2007, Esther, Jon, and their 3-year-old daughter, Gabriella, came to Boston from Washington, DC, because Esther was in dire need of a stem cell transplant. She had undergone years of treatment for the blood disease aplastic anemia, and …

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UnMask Cancer raises nearly $270,000

“Dana-Farber’s commitment to cancer care and research is very near and dear to our hearts,” said Bill Rancic, who with his wife Giuliana, hosted this year’s UnMask Cancer presented by The Herb Chambers Companies. Giuliana, a breast cancer survivor, and Bill spent the evening with fellow UnMask Cancer attendees and Dana-Farber supporters at the Mandarin Oriental, Boston. More than 400 guests attended the annual fundraiser made possible by Jessica and Sam Slater on October 22 to support patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Guests enjoyed an evening filled with enchanting live art entertainment, exquisite cocktails, and delicious …

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Dana-Farber’s Dr. Kaelin wins prestigious Lasker Award

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Dana-Farber physician-scientist William G. Kaelin, MD, has been named a winner of the 2016 Lasker Award along with two other scientists for groundbreaking basic research on how the body senses and adapts to changes in oxygen availability. The honor, which is bestowed by the Albert and Mary Lasker Foundation, is the most prestigious U.S. award for biomedical science and one of the most significant in the world. Eighty-seven Lasker laureates have received the Nobel Prize, including 41 in the last three decades. Kaelin, will share the award with Peter J. Ratcliffe of the University of Oxford/Francis Crick Institute and Gregg …

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Big Papi is a big hit for the Jimmy Fund

David Ortiz shares a moment with a pediatric patient during the 2013 WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.

The teenagers were already having the time of their lives, walking on the sacred Fenway Park grass and meeting Red Sox players, when the exhilaration suddenly reached a new level. There, emerging like a rock star from the dugout, was the biggest star in the Sox stratosphere: David Ortiz. “Everyone got so excited, and we all rushed over to get his autograph,” recalls Maddy Manganello, a recent high school graduate and Hodgkin lymphoma survivor who met Ortiz at last summer’s annual behind-the-scenes visit to Fenway by teens receiving treatment at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. “He took time …

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After 30 Years, Jimmy Fund Little League Continues Training All-Stars

Ryan Feeney with his teammates after scoring a run

For one six-year-old boy in Melrose, Massachusetts, July 21, 2016 was a big night. That night, at Conant Park, Ryan Feeney was invited to step up to the plate and play a game as a member of the Melrose Jimmy Fund Little League team, alongside his older brother, Jack. Families, friends, coaches, and other players came to cheer on Ryan, watching as he scored two runs on his big night. Ryan is not your average first grader. Born with neurofibromatosis, a disorder causing tumors to grow inside or on nerves within his body, Ryan lost his right leg at age …

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September is National Blood Cancer Awareness Month

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September is blood cancer awareness month. It is a month to bring awareness and understanding to this specific set of cancers. This is important to me–I had a blood cancer, and I want to make sure more people are able to use the past tense when referring to their cancer. I was diagnosed with stage IV non-Hodgkin lymphoma in 1985. I was given a 30% chance of survival. Frightened and frantic, I researched all the best places. For me the choice was clear: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. I owe my life to the doctors, researchers, and nurses at Dana-Farber. …

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Friends Lead Walk Teams to Honor Mothers

Danielle Beauchamp (left) formed team “Erica’s Friends” in memory of her mother Erica, who passed away in 2006 after battling Adenoid Cystic Carcinoma

On the morning of September 25, 2016, thousands of walkers will lace up for the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai as they prepare to honor all those affected by cancer. For two Team Captains, the day will also mark another shared experience. Former roommates Erica Agrodnia and Danielle Beauchamp will both lead teams in honor of their mothers, each of whom received treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “We’re making the weekend about all our friends and families being together in Boston, celebrating each of our moms,” said Erica. “Having us all there together will be really special.” …

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Standing up to—and fighting back against—cancer

Dana-Farber's Kimberly Stegmaier, MD, is a SU2C Phil Sharp Award and Innovative Research Grant recipient.

Tonight, Stand Up To Cancer’s (SU2C) telecast will narrate powerful cancer patient and research stories—reminding us all that hope, determination, and innovation are the keys to conquering this terrible disease. Dana-Farber is a long-time partner of SU2C in our shared mission to end cancer. Over the past seven years, more than 30 Dana-Farber faculty and staff members have played key roles on seven SU2C Dream Teams and received numerous SU2C research grants and awards. This critical and generous funding has enabled our physician-scientists to make headway in learning more about cancers, their drivers, and their weaknesses. Here are three of …

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