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 young patient holding up a Jimmy Fund license plate


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



Save the date for the 2024 Boston Red Sox home opener! Rally with us on April 9, 2024 to strike out cancer for Dana-Farber patients of all ages.

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

Help patients play ball at Fenway Park

Donate to Jimmy Fund Day at Fenway presented by DraftKings to give patients the chance to take the field at Fenway Park on May 18.


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

Strike Out Cancer with the Jimmy Fund

Donate for every Red Sox win throughout the 2024 season. DraftKings will match each donation, up to $25,000 total!

Little League participant 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

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

The two-day broadcast will return in August 2024 for stories of inspiration and hope from Dana-Farber patients.

Red Sox pitcher Garrett Whitlock


Returning for his second year, our 2024 Jimmy Fund Captain is Red Sox pitcher Garrett Whitlock. In his first year as captain, Garrett helped encourage fans to step up to the plate and strike out cancer with the Jimmy Fund, while forming bonds with Dana-Farber patients of all ages. We are excited to see what year two has in store! 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.