Twenty-four hours a day patients, families, doctors and donors fill the halls of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to help us in our efforts to conquer cancer. Thanks to all of those dedicated to our mission, we grow closer to curing cancer every year.
In celebration of the meaningful moments that made 2015 a year we will never forget, here are five unforgettable #MomentsWeLove:
1. Jimmy Fund Clinic patients share inspiring video
Patients at Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic made this touching video with the hope of inspiring others to persevere. In the description, Maddie, who posted the video, describes the hard work and good times she had while making this special tribute.
2. Teacher celebrates being cancer-free
Dana-Farber patient Colleen was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. She endured a double mastectomy and months of treatment. Colleen and her family have actively participated in and shared their story at several Jimmy Fund events. Over the past year, the staff at Dana-Farber have come to call her a friend. In October, she announced she was cancer-free, enjoying life with her family, and back at work teaching her 5th grade class!
3. Stem cell recipient meets donor for the first time
Dana-Farber patient, Donnie, joined us at the 2015 WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon presented by Arbella Insurance Foundation for every baseball fan’s dream−the opportunity to throw out the first pitch at a Boston Red Sox home game. As he took to the field, he quickly learned his stem cell donor Daniel, would be joining him on the mound. The two greeted each other for the first time, with an emotional embrace.
4. Friends from the Jimmy Fund Clinic reunite on the baseball field
As toddlers, Jake and Michael met at Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic where they were both undergoing cancer treatment. Now both cancer-free teenagers, Jake and Michael remain friends. In the spring of 2015, their families reunited to watch Jake and Michael play against each other on the baseball field.
5. Family and friends greet breast cancer patient at B.A.A. Half Marathon finish line
Shortly after her first chemotherapy treatment, Sandee’s boyfriend Steve proposed while kneeling on the Boston Marathon® finish line, an iconic spot for the two avid runners. With a determination to conquer cancer and stay true to their passion for running, the two registered to run the B.A.A. Half Marathon and raise funds for Dana-Farber.
On October 16, the running pair set off along the course. While they ran, family and friends gathered at the finish line with signs and were ready to greet them for an emotional finish.
Share your favorite Jimmy Fund moments from 2015 and hopes for 2016 with us in the comment section below!
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