Tougher than the rest: Marla’s story

“Her name was Marla Rene Schreiber Mehlman—but her middle name should have been ‘Hope’ or ‘Determined’,” said Jon Mehlman, Marla’s husband, as he addressed loved ones gathered to celebrate Marla’s life and memory. Throughout her life, Marla exuded courage, determination, bravery, resilience, resolve, and selflessness, but following her diagnosis in 2009 with early stage, BRCA…

Brewing hope for brain tumor research

Like many who grew up in Massachusetts, Dan Kenary was familiar with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund from a young age. Today, his brewery, Harpoon, is just as well-known among locals and beyond—and Kenary is dedicated to bringing the two together to change the future of cancer treatment. In 2007, Kenary’s brother, Jim,…

New Dana-Farber & Jimmy Fund Logos: A Lens Into the Future of Fighting Cancer

I am delighted to announce our new Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Jimmy Fund logos. After more than two decades, Dana-Farber began an exploration into updating our visual identity. For Dana-Farber’s logo, the goal was to create a vibrant and modern visual identity to match the prominent, world-class reputation of the Institute. The exploration of the…

Hodgkin Lymphoma Patient Aims to Lessen Cancer Stigma

Chloe Svolos is a social butterfly. When she isn’t working in the fundraising office for Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund, the 26-year-old is spending time with family, going out with friends, hanging out with her boyfriend, Luke, or traveling. She also recently completed treatment for lymphoma — so she’s still adjusting to her “new normal.” But in…

Determined patient gets a third chance at life

At 15, Kayla Brown was a normal teenager with normal priorities: friends, high school, and extra-curricular activities, especially soccer. She trained year-round and never let anything get in the way of her athletic performance. So when she started to spend more time on the sidelines recovering from leg pain than playing on the field, her…

Cancer patient’s experience inspires him to give back to his community

John Cain’s sole focus was always work. Even when he began experiencing crippling pain out of nowhere in 2003, he remained focused on his computer software services company, not accepting that things were progressively getting worse. After almost a year, John finally went to see his doctor. The visit revealed that his pain was a…

For those about to rock – leukemia patient Nixon Clarke salutes you

“Nixon’s probably a bigger AC/DC fan than me,” says Hamilton Clarke, 9-years-old. “I’m trying to convince him there are other bands that are good.” But to Nixon Clarke, no one beats AC/DC. The 7-year-old, being treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund Clinic in Boston, named his IV pole “Angus”…

How an aspiring nurse dealt with being on the other side of care

Life was full of uncertainty for 27-year-old Christina Crespi as she battled what seemed to be a never-ending, unknown illness. As extreme fatigue and weakness persisted, and her independence dwindled, she started to feel as if she was losing a grip on her life. Finally, after a year and a half of doctor’s appointments, Christina…

Dedicated couple supports cancer research with estate

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…