Holiday sweets may be paused, but support continues

January 5, 2021

For decades, Miriam “Mimi” Rosenblatt has been bringing holiday cheer to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute faculty and staff each December. The sound of piano fills the halls and long lines of staff form behind tables teeming with pies, cakes, and cookies. Mimi, always easy to spot as hostess, thanks to her trademark hats, started providing her…

National Guard keeps ‘rucking’ for Dana-Farber

December 23, 2020
National Guard Collage

For years, a staple of the holidays at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has been the arrival of soldiers from the Massachusetts Army National Guard Officer Candidate School (OCS), with hundreds of toys in hand for patients in Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic. The soldiers march up to 10 miles through the streets of Boston, with rucksacks full…

Chefs join the Jimmy Fund in the kitchen

October 28, 2020

The Jimmy Fund explored the culinary world for its first-ever cooking livestream event Toro Cooks for Jimmy this fall. On Sunday, October 18, supporters got a behind-the-scenes experience of Toro Restaurant with Toro Executive Chef Josh Elliott and Island Creek Oyster Director of Sales Bill Weiss. A Spanish tapas restaurant, Toro has been serving Boston’s…

Mammography Van Delivers Care Directly to the Community

October 22, 2020

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute provides convenient care services and promotes public health among high-risk populations of women in Greater Boston’s low-income communities. Our Mammography Van—the only mobile digital mammography program in Massachusetts—is an integral part of our efforts to increase access to screening and breast health education. Partnering with 17 community health centers, the Mammography Van…

Tips from a two-time breast cancer patient

October 2, 2020

In July 2013, then 27-year-old Lindsay was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma ER/PR+ HER2- breast cancer. She soon made her way to Dana-Farber’s Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers and, with her doctors, made the choice to have a double mastectomy with no radiation. But almost five years later, she found another lump in…

Interpreter Services helps patients receive care in more than 50 languages

September 30, 2020

Cancer knows no language barrier, which is why Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is committed to ensuring all patients, regardless of their native language, are able to fully understand their diagnosis and treatment options. Dana-Farber’s Interpreter Services provides language assistance services to patients and families who do not speak English, have limited English proficiency, or are deaf…

Prostate cancer throws former firefighter a curveball

September 24, 2020

I’ve been getting physicals annually since I was 23. Even with my long career as a firefighter, there was never any cause for concern until my June 2016 visit, when my PSA was a little high. I went back a week or two later to get it retested as a precaution, and it was still…

Sisters Walk Together Against Cancer

September 21, 2020

When Edwina Li was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2015, she became determined to give back to her community, setting her sights on the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk as a meaningful way to do so. Having lived in Massachusetts since 2000, Edwina had heard of the Jimmy Fund Walk and knew several people who…

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Cancer

September 9, 2020

“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…