Partner Program

The 2022 Patient Partner Program will look different this year, yet it remains the heart of DFMC! Details of our hybrid approach for ‘22 will be shared with team members and partners. Read on for more about our typical program, which we hope to resume in 2023.

The Partner Program is a cornerstone of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge. The program features both the Patient Partner Program, which pairs runners with children currently being treated at the Jimmy Fund Clinic, and the In-Memory Program, through which team members run in memory of young patients who are forever in our hearts.

Participants of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Partner Program

Program Details and Events

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MATCH PARTY

Runners get together with their Patient Partners and their families at this funfest featuring bowling and arcade games.

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IN-MEMORY DINNER

An evening to celebrate the lives of young patients no longer with us, the In-Memory Dinner gathers runners and the families of their In-Memory partners.

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MARATHON WEEKEND

Patient Partners, In-Memory families and runners come together to kick off the weekend at the annual Pasta Party. The next day, partners head to Mile 25 in Kenmore Square to cheer on their runners!

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Partner Program participants

How to Apply

Deepen your connection with our mission and apply to be matched in the Partner Program. Information on the 2022 program and application will be announced to registered team members once available.

PATIENT STORY

"Participating in the Patient Partner Program has led to a friendship with Cam and the Conley family, which I plan to carry on for years to come. Hearing Cam's story, as told by his father Joe, inspired me not only to run and raise money in support of Dana-Farber, but to be grateful every day for my health and ability to do so. Having children close to Cam's age made his story that much more impactful, as I still reflect on the strength Cam and his family showed while facing his cancer.

For anyone wondering what they will be able to contribute to the Partner Program, I would tell you 'wait and see what you take away from it'. I am forever grateful for my introduction to the Conley Family and the incredible perspective their story provided. "

 – Chapin, Cam’s runner

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Partner Program participants