To Dana with Love; a letter from a grateful patient

Dear Dana-Farber, It was seven years ago this past August when I landed in Dr. Steven Hodi’s office with the dire prognosis of stage IV melanoma. Steve was no stranger to me, as he had treated my sister Sharry several years before for the same ailment. Sharry had succumbed to melanoma after a courageous two-year…

What to eat during marathon training according to Dana-Farber Nutritionist 

As our Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team members train for the Boston Marathon®, we set out to learn more about nutrition during this grueling training period. Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, a senior clinical nutritionist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and American College of Sports Medicine certified fitness specialist, was a member of the DFMC team…

Meal ideas and recipes for marathon runners from a Dana-Farber Nutritionist

Stacy Kennedy , MPH, RD, CSO, LDN, a senior clinical nutritionist at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, American College of Sports Medicine certified fitness specialist, and former member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team shares her favorite recipes for all stages of marathon training. During marathon training: Breakfast • Warm oatmeal (½ cup dry) prepared with low-fat…

Because of you, I am healthy

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…

Pediatric patient’s art featured in holiday collection

To learn more about Waffles the Bear – one of the many gift ideas in Dana-Farber’s Holiday Cards and Gifts presented by Amica Insurance –you need to know 10-year-old Alyssa Manfredonia’s story. In 2017, Manfredonia was diagnosed with a high-grade brain tumor known as an aplastic astrocytoma. A biopsy revealed multiple mutations, including one associated with the epidermal growth…

Thanks to you, my daughter has hope

“If it were not for Dana-Farber, my daughter would not be here,” says Erika of her 9-year-old daughter, Marlin. In October 2017, Marlin experienced sudden and extreme hip pain – her first symptom of cancer. She had recurring and disappearing pains in her knees, shoulder, elbow, and wrist. After a month of multiple emergency department…

Breast Cancer Patient Skates Past Cancer

Have you ever wanted to ice skate at Rockefeller Center? If so, you’re not alone. But what if balance and coordination escape you the moment you step on the ice? You may need the help of two-time breast cancer survivor Margaret Simonovich. Simonovich, a 76-year-old former professional figure skater originally from Scotland, was first bit…

If we can survive cancer, we can survive anything

I had found the lump by myself. There were no other symptoms. All of the doctors I had seen before making an appointment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute told me, “Girls your age don’t get cancer.” I was diagnosed with stage 2 triple negative invasive ductal carcinoma (breast cancer) at the age of twenty-three. I knew my diagnosis would have a large impact on my relationship with…

Leukemia diagnosis springs patient into action

In 2012 all was grand, or so I thought. I had it all: a fabulous career and a wonderful life in South Florida and a loving marriage. Having led global communications for two of the biggest employers with headquarters in the area, I was well known in the business and philanthropic communities of Dade, Broward,…