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


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


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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Meet Alyssa: Walking to Conquer Cancer

Alyssa and her friends at the at the 2015 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai.

In August of 2010, I joined the staff in Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund’s Development office. Immediately, I recognized the compassion and dedication embodied by my colleagues. I had found my new home and had been introduced to a breadth of innovative cancer fundraising events and programs with which I could get involved personally. With the Jimmy Fund, you can walk, you can run, you can swim, you can swing, all to conquer cancer. I decided to walk. The previous year, my dad had been diagnosed with esophageal cancer. While his prognosis wasn’t good, he didn’t let it discourage him …

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When your sons are both diagnosed with cancer

Terell and Javon pose for a photo with their mother at the 2012 WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon presented by Arbella Insurance Foundation

“There isn’t really a word that can describe what we were feeling,” recalls Ebony. Her sons Javon and Terell were diagnosed with cancer two years apart, when they were each two-and-a-half years old. “Javon had already finished treatment and we we were so concerned about his cancer coming back. The last thing on our mind was that our youngest son would then be diagnosed as well,” recalls Ebony. In her own words, Ebony describes the experience: — It can feel innocuous at first: our two-year-old son Javon was complaining about a bit of pain at daycare. After a visit to the …

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‘Chemobuddies’ Help Breast Cancer Patient Heal


“What should I bring with me to chemo?” It’s a common question. For many cancer patients, the answer is books, puzzles, or a good movie. For Monica Wright, it was her “chemobuddies.” Wright, 44, was diagnosed with breast cancer in November 2015, and quickly found how comforting a friend’s presence can be during a scary time. During her first treatment – a lumpectomy in December – an old friend, Gwen, sat by her side. “We didn’t talk about cancer, health issues, or what the doctors were saying; we just caught up,” says Wright. “It was about being very present.” When …

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Dana-Farber patient rides Pan-Mass Challenge as cancer survivor

PMC rider and cancer survivor, Don Wexler, with daughters Chloe and Faye and nephew Michael Wexler.

My first Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) was in 1983. I’ve been friends with Billy Starr, Founder & Executive Director of the PMC, since kindergarten, and after my first ride, I quickly became part of the PMC family. I remember once in the early years, Billy Starr and I went down to Boston’s Esplanade and handed out flyers in an attempt to recruit cyclists to join us in our journey across the state of Massachusetts. Those were the days before social media and online fundraising! When I was diagnosed with Acinar Cell Carcinoma (a type of pancreatic cancer) on April Fool’s Day …

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