Dana-Farber nutritionist breaks down nutrition facts and cancer myths

Dana-Farber nutritionist Stacy Kennedy, MPH, RD, shares her latest nutrition insight for cancer patients and speaks to some common food-related cancer myths. Watch as Kennedy answers the following questions: What are some easy ways to improve one’s diet right now? Are there specific types of foods or nutrients cancer patients should eat or avoid eating?…

Leukemia survivor gives back through Jimmy Fund Golf

Your white blood cells and platelets are all over the place and I don’t like what I see. John Krause tried to absorb his doctor’s words. The blood work drawn at his annual physical showed some abnormalities, so doctors performed additional tests. They told him the next day he had acute myeloid leukemia (AML). “I…

Meet Jimmy Fund Volunteer Chris Lopez

Each year, volunteers of all ages contribute more than 33,222 hours to Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund, making an important difference in the lives of cancer patients. For an inside look at what it is like to be a Jimmy Fund volunteer we interviewed Chris Lopez, who has volunteered with the Jimmy Fund for nearly 10 years:…

#MyJokeForJimmy brings laughter and hope to cancer patients

No stranger to supporting the Jimmy Fund, 12-year-old Maxwell Surprenant sang in the Jimmy Fund Chorus in 2013. It was there that he met a pediatric patient from Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic that inspired him to become passionate about raising funds to support cancer research. In 2014, he rallied his school together to raise more…

From the chemo chair to the half marathon finish line

This past spring, Sandee Stratton discovered a lump in her breast – a lump that hadn’t been detected in any of her previous mammograms. After many tests, it was confirmed: she had breast cancer. On June 8, 2015, Sandee had a lumpectomy and a sentinel node biopsy, and the doctor deemed the surgeries a complete…

A different kind of bridal shower

Before Alden Coldwell and her husband, Peter Dearborn, were married in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire at the end of June, the couple opted for a different kind of bridal shower. On June 14, family and friends of the bride and groom gathered at the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and…

A commitment to fight breast cancer in Boston, and around the world

    Cindy Callahan is a tireless walker, a successful Pacesetter, and a devoted Team Captain for the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai. Her team of 21 raised $14,000 in 2014 alone, funding cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Cindy’s efforts began eight years ago. In 2007, she had a…

Team Chickaroo demonstrates that golf truly is a team sport

To casual observers, golf is an individual game: just one person, a ball, and a set of clubs. To the Hamilton family of Methuen, Mass., golf is a team sport. In April 2007, 6-year-old Caroline Hamilton, or Chickaroo, as she’s nicknamed, was diagnosed with a Pediatric Low-Grade Astrocytoma (PLGA)—an inoperable, incurable, plum-sized tumor in her…