Wally the Green Monster holding a 'K Cancer' sign at Fenway Park

Strike out cancer with the Jimmy Fund

Since 1953, the Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund have stood together in our mission to strike out cancer for children and adults at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and around the world. Get involved with the Jimmy Fund today and join us as we work to defy cancer.


About the Jimmy Fund and the Red Sox

The Jimmy Fund started in 1948, with a young boy, dubbed “Jimmy,” who loved baseball and had one wish: a TV so he could watch his favorite team, the Boston Braves, from his hospital room. Donations flooded in and the Jimmy Fund was born, to support care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. A few years later, the Boston Red Sox adopted the Jimmy Fund as their official charity, forming what would become one of the most unique, longstanding, and visible charitable relationships in the history of professional sports.

Over the years, Red Sox legends from Ted Williams to David Ortiz would show their support by visiting patients in Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic, with one player serving as the “Jimmy Fund Captain” each year. The Red Sox also generously donate their time and support through events hosted at Fenway Park, and provide special experiences for Dana-Farber patients. You can add your support to this longstanding partnership and join us to strike out cancer! Check out how you can get involved below. Together, we’re all Jimmy, and we can defy cancer.

A Dana-Farber patient stands on the field at Fenway Park


Make each 2023 win for the Red Sox a win for the Jimmy Fund! Pledge a donation for each Red Sox win to help strike out cancer. Thanks to our generous friends at DraftKings, each donation will be matched, up to $25,000 total.



Massachusetts drivers can get their own Red Sox Foundation/Jimmy Fund license plate to cheer on the Red Sox from the road. Proceeds benefit the Jimmy Fund and the Red Sox Foundation.

Jimmy Fund Day participant running the bases at Fenway Park

Send patients to Fenway

Donate to Jimmy Fund Day at Fenway presented by DraftKings to help patients live out their baseball dreams on June 10 at this once-in-a-lifetime experience.


More Ways to Get Involved

Learn more about the impact you make on Dana-Farber patients.

A man standing in the outfield at Fenway Park

WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon presented by Arbella Insurance

Tune in to this two-day broadcast from Fenway Park to hear stories of courage and hope from Dana-Farber patients.

A little leaguer throwing a pitch

Jimmy Fund Little League presented by Franklin Sports

Extend the Little League season throughout the summer and fundraise to support Dana-Farber patients.

A man holds up a Strike Out Cancer sign in Fenway Park

Rally Against CancerSM

Fundraise for Dana-Farber's mission with your community or colleagues at the start of the Red Sox season.

Red Sox pitcher Garrett Whitlock


Our 2023 Jimmy Fund Captain is Red Sox pitcher Garrett Whitlock. In his first year as captain, Garrett will help encourage fans to step up to the plate and strike out cancer with the Jimmy Fund, while forming bonds with Jimmy Fund patients. Thank you to the entire Red Sox family for joining us to say: "We're all Jimmy!"


Violet, 3, was diagnosed with Wilms tumor, the most common type of kidney cancer in children, in May 2022, after her parents noticed a lump on her right side. She was treated with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy at Dana-Farber's Jimmy Fund Clinic.

Violet loves helping her nurses with her port and her labs. At home, she enjoys playing on the swings, going for walks, and playing pretend with her own doctor’s kit!

Jimmy Fund patient and family member at Fenway Park


Contact Jimmy Fund Staff at StrikeOutCancer@dfci.harvard.edu or 877-738-1234.