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We’re all Jimmy

Jimmy is every one of us. Jimmy is every patient, doctor, nurse, donor, and event participant—everyone who joins the Jimmy Fund to support groundbreaking cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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Former Red Sox player Ted Williams with the original 'Jimmy'

The History of the Jimmy Fund

It all started with a boy who loved baseball. Then it became a movement that spanned generations and transformed cancer research and care at Dana-Farber forever.

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"Jimmy" was a 12-year-old boy with leukemia. In 1948, he appeared on a national radio program broadcasted from his hospital room. Jimmy had one wish: a TV so he could watch his favorite baseball team play.

Listeners donated what they could and together ended up raising hundreds of thousands of dollars. Enough to buy Jimmy a TV—and give him a second chance at life.

With this support, the Jimmy Fund was born. Its mission was to support cancer patients at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, just like Jimmy. Years later, the Jimmy Fund has grown to millions of supporters who are changing how the whole world treats cancer.

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You’re Supporting Dana-Farber

When you support the Jimmy Fund, you provide adult and pediatric cancer patients at Dana-Farber with the best treatment available today. And you support the research that’s going to find an even better one tomorrow.

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What started out small nearly 75 years ago, Dana-Farber is now a world-renowned cancer center thanks to support from the Jimmy Fund.

Every year, Dana-Farber supports 523,000 adult and pediatric outpatient clinic visits and infusions and participates in 1,200 clinical trials.

Their scientists and clinicians work hand-in-hand to turn groundbreaking research into lifesaving treatments for patients around the world.

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Dana-Farber patient Cheryl

Cheryl, Patient

A breast cancer survivor, Cheryl couldn’t find natural-looking wigs during chemotherapy. Dana-Farber worked with Cheryl to make that happen, improving her quality of life during treatment.

Dana-Farber patient Caesar

Caesar, Patient

Caesar was shocked when he was diagnosed with a highly aggressive prostate cancer, and filled with despair about how treatment may change his life. Then he went to Dana-Farber, where he found hope.

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Dana-Farber patient Carly

Carly, Patient

A softball-sized tumor led to surgery to remove Carly’s kidney, followed by aggressive, yet successful, radiation and chemotherapy treatments. And she never let anything stop her from dancing.

Jimmy Fund event participant Doug

Doug, Event Participant

After Doug and his wife's successful cancer treatments at Dana-Farber, he wanted to give back and started the Pink Barbarians team to raise money in the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk every year.

Dana-Farber physician-scientist Mimi

Dr. Mimi, Physician-Scientist

Dr. Mimi is a neuro-oncologist and researcher at Dana-Farber and an enthusiastic Jimmy Fund supporter. In her own words: "Never underestimate the power of a community to change the world."

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