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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For those about to rock – leukemia patient Nixon Clarke salutes you

August 16, 2019

“Nixon’s probably a bigger AC/DC fan than me,” says Hamilton Clarke, 9-years-old. “I’m trying to convince him there are other bands that are good.” But to Nixon Clarke, no one beats AC/DC. The 7-year-old, being treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund Clinic in Boston, named his IV pole “Angus”…

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How an aspiring nurse dealt with being on the other side of care

July 30, 2019

Life was full of uncertainty for 27-year-old Christina Crespi as she battled what seemed to be a never-ending, unknown illness. As extreme fatigue and weakness persisted, and her independence dwindled, she started to feel as if she was losing a grip on her life. Finally, after a year and a half of doctor’s appointments, Christina…

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Dedicated couple supports cancer research with estate

June 26, 2019

Hank Fitzgerald was a healthy, active grandfather of six, so it came as a shock to him and his family when he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Being familiar with the Longwood Medical Area – receiving much of his general care there and having four of his grandchildren born in a nearby hospital – Hank…

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Because of you, I am healthy

May 30, 2019

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…

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President of Harvard University highlights how the Dana-Farber Society is changing the future of cancer

May 22, 2019

The 29th Annual Dana-Farber Society Recognition Dinner was held at the Mandarin Oriental, Boston on May 14. The evening was dedicated to celebrating progress in cancer research and patient care made possible by the generosity of the Dana-Farber Society (DFS)—a group of individuals who have remembered Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund in their estate plans….

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Coping with grief after a spouse’s death: Rosemary’s story

May 15, 2019

Rosemary felt suddenly adrift when her husband, Jim, died from stage IV pancreatic cancer. The couple were together since high school, and Rosemary found herself alone for the first time in her life. “After he died, I was truly in a fog,” Rosemary said. In the immediate wake of his passing, she leaned on family…

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