Recently, loyal Dana-Farber and Jimmy Fund supporters provided something vital to our youngest patients in addition to their ongoing commitment to conquer cancer: they helped provide smiles.
These dedicated people are members of Dana-Farber’s Jimmy’s Team, supporting the Institute’s lifesaving mission each month with their generous recurring gifts. New members receive a special limited-edition Boston Red Sox hat when they join Jimmy’s Team. However, many members choose to give their hats to kids undergoing cancer treatment at Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic. Since 2015, nearly 400 hats have been given by Jimmy’s Team members to clinic patients. This kind gesture provides a boost to pediatric patients, including Zoe, age 14.
In 2015, Zoe was diagnosed with a brain tumor behind her eye. Zoe’s mothers, Becky and Joy, had brought her to a specialist because of concerns about her seemingly stunted growth, as her twin brother, Ben, was much taller. Her family thought an MRI would reveal a growth hormone deficiency—not an optic pathway glioma requiring surgeries and chemotherapy.
Despite the long, difficult treatment that kept Zoe out of school a few days a week, she remained positive.
“I made the most of being at the clinic,” Zoe said. “My friends came to visit me and I love the nurses and doctors.”
Zoe was at the clinic for treatment when a delivery of Boston Red Sox hats donated by Jimmy’s Team members arrived—one of the fun clinic activities that helped the family through their experience. Becky and Joy said their family found comfort in the people, routine, and events at the Jimmy Fund Clinic during a scary situation.
The Jimmy Fund Clinic aims to bring unmatched patient care, cutting-edge treatment, and comfort to all patients and families during such a challenging time. With the financial support of donors like Jimmy’s Team members, and the kindness spread by the simple gesture of donating hats, patients like Zoe can focus on being kids throughout treatment.
Jennifer Skala Bodio
Assistant Director, Development Communications