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Conquer Cancer with Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund!]
Conquer Cancer with Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund!


You've got to get yourself together
You've got stuck in a moment 
And now you can't get out of it – U2

The new normal. A phrase that has made more than its share of appearances in the past year and a half, often accompanied by a jumble of emotions somewhere between weariness, dread, and resignation.

It’s also one that just about every cancer patient is all too familiar with. When even the most innocuous get-together is joined at the hip with a fraught series of risk-reward assessments. When it becomes second nature to dial your life up or down to match the state of your disease. When you can’t quite allow your mind to drift to how it was before. You just might entertain the notion that you’ll never be able to think the way you used to think, and live the way you used to live, even if your doctor were to give you a clean bill of health.

But whether you deal with it by letting it all in or by girding yourself against it, sooner or later a chronic situation can lead to renewed sense of purpose, or an outlet toward which you aim the resolve you may or may not have known you had in you.

The outlet you choose might be the invisible nemesis which has changed your life—and which, through your own efforts, might change it again. When my older brother Will was being treated for a brain tumor at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, he volunteered with young cancer patients who were undergoing treatment there. That time wasn’t the first he’d given to kids who needed it, but it might have been the most impactful for both him and them. And even more so for the fact that his hours with those kids inspired him to start a team to do the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk.

This year’s walk is this weekend. For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, it covers the route of the Boston Marathon from Hopkinton to the Back Bay—although for the second year in a row it will be choose-your-own-route—and it supports research and treatment at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Despite knowing from the start what the future would hold for him, Will made up his mind to do what he could to prevent others from falling to the same fate. He did the walk for two years before succumbing to the tumor, and in the time since, the team he started has raised more than $700,000 for brain tumor research conducted in the lab of Dr. Patrick Wen, an oncologist at Dana-Farber who worked hard to treat Will throughout his illness. The funds our team raises go directly to supporting early-stage research, freeing up precious time that researchers would otherwise have to spend on grant-writing. Much progress has been made as a result of this research, but there’s still a ways to go before the next patient has a clear path back to the way things were. 

It's just a moment
This time will pass


Jon Kraft's Team: In Memory of Will Kraft


Fundraising Honor Roll
Christian Grove in support of Jon Kraft in honor of Will Kraft
Dr. Edward Hall
Jeremy Pearlman
Jon Kraft
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Langman Family in memory of Will Kraft and Colin Langman
Stephen Davenport
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Every dollar raised helps fuel Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's 50-50 balance between lifesaving research and total patient care.
Together, we can conquer cancer!