The Jimmy Fund is proud to announce that Boston Red Sox pitcher, Garrett Whitlock, will serve as the Jimmy Fund Captain this season. Whitlock will be an ambassador for the Jimmy Fund’s 75th anniversary and will help to support and promote Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund’s mission to defy cancer. The Red Sox have partnered with the Jimmy Fund since 1953, the longest and most unique charitable partnership in professional sports, and as Jimmy Fund Captain, Whitlock will continue this storied tradition.
“Like all players in MLB, I am aware of the strong partnership and rich history between the Red Sox organization, the players, and the Jimmy Fund. I am honored to be asked to serve as this year’s Jimmy Fund Captain. I look forward to meeting patients and their families and helping to raise awareness and funds for all the amazing work that is being done at Dana-Farber,” said Whitlock.
Whitlock recently had a video call with Dana-Farber pediatric patient, Blair, 5, and the pair talked about baseball, Wally the Green Monster, and about being tough through challenges, like Blair’s treatment. Whitlock and Blair hope to meet in person this season. As Jimmy Fund Captain, Whitlock will also attend fundraising events, visit patients, build support and raise funds for cancer care and research at Dana-Farber. Funds raised through the Jimmy Fund support The Dana-Farber Campaign, the Institute’s ambitious, multi-year fundraising effort to prevent, treat, and defy cancer through revolutionary science, extraordinary care, exceptional expertise, and essential opportunities—saving more lives than ever before.
“We are thrilled to have Garrett Whitlock as our Jimmy Fund Captain this year,” said Larry Lucchino, Chairman of the Jimmy Fund, Trustee of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Chairman/Principal Owner of the Worcester Red Sox, and President/CEO Emeritus of the Boston Red Sox. “Garrett’s involvement, and support of the Jimmy Fund and the Red Sox community, continues a long line of talented and selfless players who have served as ambassadors to support the Jimmy Fund’s important mission of defying cancer. Thank you, Garrett.”
Past Jimmy Fund Captains include Nathan Eovaldi, Mitch Moreland, Brock Holt, Pablo Sandoval, Will Middlebrooks, David Ross, Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Daniel Bard, Clay Buchholz, and Tim Wakefield.
Grassroots community fundraising is the heart and soul of the Jimmy Fund—thousands of people organize bike rides, bake sales, lemonade stands, runs, walks, golf tournaments, dances, auctions, softball games, and more, bringing their communities together to help Dana-Farber save lives.
Learn more about how you can get involved with the Jimmy Fund through baseball, including by donating for every Red Sox win in 2023! Visit JimmyFund.org for more ways to get involved with the Jimmy Fund year-round.