Cervical cancer patient aims to raise awareness after fourth diagnosis

In honor of Cervical Cancer Awareness Month, Karen, a Dana-Farber patient, is sharing her story to raise awareness for the disease, which affects more than 13,000 women in the United States per year.  It all started back in August of 2013. During a dental procedure, it was discovered that my blood pressure was stroke-level high….

Thru-hiker conquers Pacific Crest Trail in memory of mother

Jim “Slim” Klumpp first set his sights on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) in 2018, one year after his mother, Susan “Sue” Klumpp, passed away. Sue was Slim’s biggest supporter, in both his adventurous and creative pursuits. Slim’s grandparents were writers and Sue encouraged this talent in her son from an early age. After she…

Cancer patient believes, ‘Anything is possible with Dana-Farber’

Anne Palmer cannot stay still. If she is not reading or spending time with her husband of 34 years or three sons, she can be found participating in her favorite athletic activities including running, skateboarding, skiing, boogie boarding, and snorkeling. In fact, Anne had just completed a half-marathon when, in June 2012, she found a…

Army Veteran Focuses on a New Fight

Clifton “Cliff” Mo, MD, didn’t follow the traditional route to Dana-Farber. The Institute’s new multiple myeloma physician and Director of autologous stem cell transplantation for multiple myeloma is a graduate of the United States Military Academy West Point, a veteran of the Iraq War, and a former Lieutenant Colonel. While he didn’t take the expressway…

Family honors care team at Dana-Farber with bequest gift

This donor story has been adapted from Alison Schnipper’s own words about her treatment and experience at Dana-Farber, which she shared in January 2019. Amy and Phil Schnipper began their relationship with Dana-Farber in December 2009 when their then nineteen-year-old daughter, Alison, was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Growing up south of Boston, Amy…

Arbella Insurance staff go “pink” for Dana-Farber

When one of their own was diagnosed with breast cancer, Arbella Insurance Group employees rallied together for a “Pink Day” to raise funds for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Although Dot Olson—the day’s original inspiration, who was successfully treated at Dana-Farber—has retired, Arbella’s support of the Institute has only grown since the inaugural Pink Day in 2009….

My goal: Never give up

by Sarah Turner, age 12 (right) Not knowing someone who has made such an impact on the world around you is hard, but the fact that she was my aunt makes it even harder. Mary Ellen Welch (left) was just a normal girl, who played softball with her sister and friends, and splashed in her…

Tougher than the rest: Marla’s story

“Her name was Marla Rene Schreiber Mehlman—but her middle name should have been ‘Hope’ or ‘Determined’,” said Jon Mehlman, Marla’s husband, as he addressed loved ones gathered to celebrate Marla’s life and memory. Throughout her life, Marla exuded courage, determination, bravery, resilience, resolve, and selflessness, but following her diagnosis in 2009 with early stage, BRCA…