The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Cancer

“My cancer diagnosis was a great opportunity,” says John Shumate. “You didn’t expect me to say that, did you?” John was diagnosed with stage IV B Hodgkin lymphoma in May 2010. Since then, he has traveled the country seeking out the best treatments, the most innovative clinical trials, and the most knowledgeable researchers. Over the…

From the Bridge to the Walk: Hannah the Hero

Each fall, pediatric patients at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund Clinic stand along the bridge connecting Dana-Farber’s Dana and Yawkey buildings, waving down to participants in the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai. This moment has become a hallmark of the annual event—an inspirational reminder of the importance of the walker’s efforts. In…

Everything you need to know about the Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way

What is the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way presented by Hyundai?As a result of the of COVID-19 pandemic, we want the Jimmy Fund Walk to be safe for all participants. So rather than the normal Boston Marathon® course routes, all participants are asked to walk on October 4 in their own communities, wherever…

Virtual Princess Party Provides Sweet Dreams for Pediatric Patients

At a time when everybody could use a little magic, 16 pediatric cancer patients got a big dose thanks to the Jimmy Fund Clinic and princesses calling in from their enchanted kingdoms. During the clinic’s first-ever virtual Princess Party, held over Zoom on July 16, nine fairy-tale princesses engaged in activities with the young patients,…

PMC rider is “exceptional” partner in cancer research and care

Donald “Don” Wexler has participated in every Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) since 1983. Alongside lifelong friend and PMC founder Billy Starr, Don has witnessed the power of riding and fundraising in fueling the explosion of breakthrough research and new treatments at Dana-Farber Cancer Insitute over the last four decades. So when Don was diagnosed with acinar…

Martins fund health equity projects to reduce disparities

Access to high-quality health care in the U.S. is not equal. Race, socioeconomic status, and geography have a significant bearing on care outcomes for too many people. Demond and Kia Martin are dedicated to erasing gaps created by racial and social injustice. In memory of Demond’s sister, Tonia—whose cancer was detected too late, though she…

COVID-19 Research at Dana-Farber

In 1947, Dr. Sidney Farber’s pioneering research developed modern chemotherapy for children with leukemia. Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has been a worldwide medical research leader ever since. Today, Dana-Farber is applying its pioneering research tradition to developing novel approaches towards understanding and treating COVID-19. Dana-Farber scientists are developing groundbreaking strategies to bar the COVID-19 virus from…

How to Leave a Legacy at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Supporters of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund are loyal and dedicated. They walk, run, golf, and give to contribute to our mission of a world without cancer. The commitment from our community is unparalleled, but you might still ask yourself, “how else can I help conquer cancer?” A simple, flexible, and versatile way…

Life as a medical interpreter during the COVID-19 crisis

By Carolina Olavarria, a Spanish Medical Interpreter and Translator in Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Interpreter Services As interpreters, we build the bridge of communication between the medical team and their patients who have limited English. We are the voices of the providers to their patients, and we communicate everything the patient says, asks, or shares with…