Dedicated couple supports cancer research with estate

June 26, 2019

Hank Fitzgerald was a healthy, active grandfather of six, so it came as a shock to him and his family when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Being familiar with the Longwood Medical Area – receiving much of his general care there and having four of his grandchildren born in a nearby hospital – Hank…

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Because of you, I am healthy

May 30, 2019

I was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia at the age of 20. For me, the hardest part about hearing ‘you have cancer’ was having to deal with the thought that I might have to sacrifice important moments in my life because of my diagnosis. As a part of my cancer treatment, I underwent a lifesaving…

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President of Harvard University highlights how the Dana-Farber Society is changing the future of cancer

May 22, 2019

The 29th Annual Dana-Farber Society Recognition Dinner was held at the Mandarin Oriental, Boston on May 14. The evening was dedicated to celebrating progress in cancer research and patient care made possible by the generosity of the Dana-Farber Society (DFS)—a group of individuals who have remembered Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund in their estate plans….

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Coping with grief after a spouse’s death: Rosemary’s story

May 15, 2019

Rosemary felt suddenly adrift when her husband, Jim, died from stage IV pancreatic cancer. The couple were together since high school, and Rosemary found herself alone for the first time in her life. “After he died, I was truly in a fog,” Rosemary said. In the immediate wake of his passing, she leaned on family…

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Bride vows to continue brother’s fight against colorectal cancer

March 29, 2019

Robin O’Neill was looking forward to her dream destination wedding in Mexico when her older brother, Vannarin “Vann” Ly, learned his stage IV colorectal cancer became resistant to treatment. His doctor, Kimmie Ng, MD, MPH, director of Dana-Farber’s new Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Center, told the family that Vann likely only had weeks left to live…

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Breast cancer patient walks confidently down the aisle

February 21, 2019

Aug. 25, 2018 is a day Kasha Wasylak will never forget; it was the day the 26-year-old bride happily said, “I do,” to her now-husband, Patrick. Standing confidently in front of her family and friends, the ceremony not only solidified a lifetime commitment, but it also brought closure to what had a been a turbulent…

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