Singing the praises of Dana-Farber’s Unsung Heroes

Approaching the Dana-Farber building can feel a little overwhelming, but then you enter the parking garage and meet Jesus Urdaneta, one of the Dana-Farber Parking Valets. He offers you assistance getting out of your car, he might even greet you with a hug. He learns your name, and with each visit, he makes Dana-Farber feel…

Memorial gift creates fellowship to celebrate patient’s love of learning and discovery

Maureen Twomey had a lifelong love of learning. She was an avid reader, and had earned degrees from both Tufts University and Harvard University. She also would complete the notoriously difficult crossword puzzle in The New York Times, and enjoyed going to museums. Throughout a difficult two-year battle with esophageal cancer, Maureen found that her…

During Girls Weekend, new friends connect

For seventeen girls and patients at Dana-Farber Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, Dana-Farber’s annual Girls Weekend – a three-day arts, shopping, and food extravaganza – is a much-needed opportunity to relax and connect with new friends who also know what it’s like to have cancer. “Being a teenager – especially when you’re a girl…

Big Papi is a big hit for the Jimmy Fund

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…