My goal: Never give up

October 18, 2019

by Sarah Turner, age 12 (right) Not knowing someone who has made such an impact on the world around you is hard, but the fact that she was my aunt makes it even harder. Mary Ellen Welch (left) was just a normal girl, who played softball with her sister and friends, and splashed in her…

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Tougher than the rest: Marla’s story

October 8, 2019

“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…

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Brewing hope for brain tumor research

October 1, 2019

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,…

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Hodgkin Lymphoma Patient Aims to Lessen Cancer Stigma

September 17, 2019

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…

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Determined patient gets a third chance at life

September 3, 2019

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…

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