#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 than $12,000 to support the Jimmy Fund through a basketball shootout competition. Now, Maxwell wants to build on that support and bring an end to cancer through #MyJokeForJimmy, a social media movement that aims to bring laughter and hope to cancer patients all while raising lifesaving funds to support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

In honor of all those fighting cancer, Maxwell has motivated his community and individuals from all over New England to create a #MyJokeForJimmy video. Those that have already stepped up to the challenge include:

Boston Red Sox players, Brock Holt, Blake Aubry Swihart, and Deven Marrero had us ROTFL with their #MyJokeForJimmy videos.


Jimmy Fund Clinic patient, Joey, told a classic “knock, knock” joke while at the Jimmy Fund Clinic for treatment.

Our friends at WCVB TV/Channel 5, including Bill Fine, President and General Manager, and Emmy Award-winning journalist, Phil Lipof, took time to participate in #MyJokeForJimmy.

Here is #myjokeforjimmy as I accept the challenge of my friend and super kid Maxwell Suprenaut to help raise money for the Jimmy Fund. If I made you laugh, or at least smile, please donate today. If not, double the donation! Thank you now challenge Randy Price, Cindy Fitzgibbon, Emily Riemer and Olessa Stepanova – WCVB’s EyeOpener team – to participate and post their own #myjokeforjimmy and help stamp out cancer!

Posted by Bill Fine on Monday, January 11, 2016

So happy to be part of #myjokeforjimmy. Help 12-year-old Maxwell make this a viral campaign, raising money to fight Cancer with Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and The Jimmy Fund. Tell a joke – make a donation and challenge three others to do the same! #wcvb Michelle Charlesworth Amy Freeze #abc7 NOTSuperMom JC Monahan Jenna Wolfe

Posted by Phil Lipof WCVB on Sunday, January 10, 2016

John Maguire, CEO of Friendly’s Ice Cream, joined in on the fun!

John Donohue, Chairman, President, and CEO of Arbella Insurance Group, had us all laughing along with his #MyJokeForJimmy.

#MyJokeForJimmyOur President and CEO John Donohue is taking part in the #MyJokeForJimmy challenge in support of The Jimmy Fund! Spread the word and make a donation! Stephanie Norris of Norbella, Aaron Thomas of Comcast SportsNet New England, and Marty Donohue of Full Contact Advertising, you’re up!

Posted by Arbella Insurance on Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Adults and children from all over are accepting the challenge in an effort to raise money while bringing laughter and hope to cancer patients with their #MyJokeForJimmy videos.


You don’t have to wait to be tagged to participate. Create a #MyJokeForJimmy video and challenge your community to make a difference in the fight against cancer. All you have to do is:

  • Take a video of yourself telling a joke
  • Share it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram with #MyJokeForJimmy, and make a gift to the Jimmy Fund
  • Tag and challenge three of your friends to do the same!

See all the jokes in the #MyJokeForJimmy gallery.

Meghan Summerson
Social Media Coordinator