Team Beans' Fundraising Page

Team Beans: Boston Marathon 2022
Team Beans: Boston Marathon 2022

WHY WE'RE FUNDRAISING WITH THE JIMMY FUND WALK TO FIGHT CANCER

A note from Beans' dad:

Why am I running the Boston Marathon to benefit Dana Farber? 

Because my child died of cancer and every single day there is another child like her. Because even though Francesca, Beans – as we nicknamed her – died, she can leave a legacy through the money raised here to support the Infant Brain Tumor Program at Dana Farber.

Beans' story

In September 2020, my life changed forever when my six-month-old daughter Francesca was diagnosed with brain cancer Francesca was a healthy and hearty girl who loved to nap on her dad on long walks in her carrier. She loved to watch Sesame Street videos and smiling at me. She was an outgoing, bold and curious baby whose huge, deep brown eyes loved to follow whatever I was doing. She loved eating and being held close.

Within a week of her diagnosis we moved to Boston to give her the best shot. There, she stole the hearts of the nurses and doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital. Hospital staff would gasp with joy at her incredible, infectious smile. They treated us like family and in the midst of the pandemic, became our family.

Cancer took Beans' life on Christmas Eve, we have never been the same since and never will be.

The kindness of the people in Boston – the struggling restaurant in Fenway Park that gave us a free meal when they learned our daughter had cancer, the nurses who were by our side while Francesca died. We will never, ever forget the good people who were there for us in our darkest moments.

Not doing enough

Every single day there is another child like Francesca.  A child who dies. A family whose lives are shattered with their diagnosis. A devastated family learning their child's relapsed. Unfortunately, we as a society aren’t doing enough for these kids.

Sadly, given the small number of patients, private industry does not invest or develop drugs for childhood cancers like brain cancer. Instead, smart researchers and oncologists like those at Dana Farber work to develop treatments using adult cancer drugs. This research and these clinical trials are expensive – they take years and cost millions of dollars. 

Game-changing research

In 2021, we raised $1.85 million for the Infant Brain Tumor Program.  

And each dollar is game-changing in the fight for better treatments. You can read about some of amazing clinical trials and research this money is supporting here.

The doctors that you’ve backed through your contributions tell us this funding is already making a huge difference. Let’s keep that momentum going. Each clinical trial and research effort gets us closer to better treatments and to a world where fewer families have bear the loss of their child or watch them suffer through harsh treatments.


PROGRESS TO GOAL

Raised:$615,098
Goal:$500,000
15team members

THANK YOU TO OUR TEAM MEMBERS

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AMOUNT RAISED
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x$615,098.01x

THANK YOU TO OUR TEAM DONORS

NAME
AMOUNT
Team Honor Roll
#liveliketim
Abbey & Jin Chung
$500
Adam Rappaport
$200
Addie Webster
$400
AIG for Mary Weatherburn
$222
Alan & Gabriell Hutcheson
Alex Marquardt
$200
Alexander's Nana
alexandra field
$500
Alisa Niksch
$500
Alli Hedges & Mike Maser
$250
Alyssa Farah
$200
Andrew Kaczynski
$12,100
Angela and Damian Stamnes
$300
Anna and Alp Kirmizioglu
$300
Anna Holbrook
$300
Anne eisenberg
$200
Anonymous
$150,000
Anonymous
$6,589
Anonymous
$1,600
Anonymous
$1,500
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$1,205
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$800
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$600
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$500
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$500
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$500
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$500
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$500
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$500
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$500
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$500
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$400
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$362
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$361
Anonymous
$350
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$311
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$300
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$300
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$300
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$300
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$300
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$300
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$300
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$300
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$300
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$300
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$300
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$270
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$250
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$250
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$250
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$250
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$211
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$200
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$200
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$200
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$200
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$200
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$200
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$200
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$200
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$200
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Arnie Podgorsky and Christy Larsen
Bank of America for Erin Ramstad
$1,000
Beans' dad
$500
Ben Honig
Benjamin A McKee
$1,000
Berliner Family
$250
Beth Kujawski
$200
Bob and Holly Vagley
Brad and Gwyneth Falchuk
Brianna Keilar
Brooke Vigilante
$300
Bubbe Francine Smilen
$1,100
Callahan Murphy Hare Foundation
$5,000
Camila
$300
Carl and Anna Mergele
Carly Braden
$300
Charles Ober
$1,000
Charlie
$1,000
Chenery Family
Chris McDaniel & Nhu-Y Ngo
$200
Christine and Eric Savage
$500
Christy and Mike Wellham
$200
Chrusciel Group
$250
Colleen Quinn Kelly
$300
Cristian Notari
$1,000
Crystal Brown
$211
CustomInk LLC
Danielle McLaughlin & family
$300
Darcy & Jeff Woodring
$500
Dave Calvario
$200
David and Emily Graff
$500
David and Marita Glodt
$300
David Eckels Wade
$500
DEBORAH GOODMAN
$300
Dena and Grant Heathman
Dina
$3,311
Dina
Douglas Wisehaupt
$350
Dr. Jonathan Reiner
$250
Eagle Family
$250
Eduardo Jany
$356
Elie Honig
$280
Elizabeth Black
$300
Ellie Beilin Yin
$300
Eric Simon
$260
Erica Hill
$250
Erin & Roger Ramstad
$1,000
Erin Cockrell
$200
Fearless Finley 💛
$1,000
Francesca's Bubbe Francine Smilen
$220
Frank Vigilante, $500.9
$500
Friend of Team Beans
$500
Gail & Fran Masciantonio
$250
Gary A Jonas Jr
$500
Gimlett Family
$250
Gina Torres
$200
Goldman Sachs for Todd Eagle
$250
Google for Anonymous
$250
Gwen Rowe
$250
Heintzelman Family Foundation
$500
Hon and Mrs. Laurence Silberman
$1,000
Ian Bond
$300
in memory of Francesca Kaczynski
In support of Emmy. In memory of Francesca.
$200
Inna
$200
Jackie Kaplan and Chad Clark
$500
James and Jennifer Crippen
$300
James Dolan
$236
Jane Kang
$200
Jason Garcia, Queso! mobile app
$500
Jeanette Voss
$300
Jefrey Pollock and Deborah Brown
$500
Jenifer Gorin
Jennifer Suozzo & Family
Jeremy and Jennifer Rawitch
$250
Jess D Lara
$200
Jessica Meadows
$300
Jessie and Ben Lazarus
Jill & Rock
$200
Joanne Donovan
$200
John and Kathy O'Brien
$10,000
John and Rhana Whittington
John and Sally Simms
$500
John Berman & Kerry Voss
$1,000
John King
$1,000
Johnson & Johnson for Abbey Chung
$1,000
Jonathan Rosenau
$211
Joseph Smith
$200
Joshua Sauberman
JR
Jubal & Ambrosia Lindsey
$304
Karen Whitesel- Hallinin
$250
Kari and Bill Foote & Family
$511
Kate K for Mikey and other people
$500
Kathleen Lenihan
Kathleen Lenihan
$500
Katie Brett
$250
Keely and Preston Stiner
$1,000
Kelly Greenwood
Kelly Keenan & Casey Peterson
$200
Kelly Keenan & Zarek Roland-in Bjorn Peterson's memory-always
$500
Ken and Alice Starr
$5,000
Ken Kubiak & Laura Bernardini
$300
Kerry Voss and John Berman
Kim & Jay Nadler
$300
Kim Hintz
$311
Kim Manley
$300
Kristin B
$300
Laura and Stephen Sanford
$211
Laurie P Cohen
$300
Lawrence Family
$500
Leslie Willard
$300
Linda Wilansky
$300
Lindsey Fustos
Lisa Schmidt
$300
Liston
$250
Liz Cho
$300
lois romano
$300
Loisel Family
$200
Manuel Doblado
Mara and Mike Wilson
$300
Marci Wright
$250
Marcia
$311
Martin and Mary Dee Clancy in honor of the remarkable and irreplaceable Tim O'Brien
$500
Martin Tomlinson
$500
Maryellen Small
$300
MAXINE BARENS
$200
Meredith Pickett
$1,000
Michael Davies Regis 72
Michael Freni
$500
Michael J Pordan
$211
Mike Lobikis
$500
Milton & Erica Hamer
$200
Miss Elin Harrington-Schreiber
$300
Mom & Dad
Mr. Brendan V. Sullivan, Jr. & Ms. Lila O'Brien Sullivan
$5,000
Mr. Brian Steele
$200
Mr. David Carmel
$500
Mr. David D. Flanagan
Mr. David W. Goldman
$1,000
Mr. Jeff T Carr
$200
Mr. John King
$1,000
Mr. Jon Lovett
Mr. Jonathan Kamens
$360
Mr. Matt Speiser
$250
Mr. Patrick Riley
Mr. Theodore Olson
$2,500
Mr. William Rosas
$500
Mrs. Alice Evans
$300
Mrs. Doris Stanley
$200
Mrs. Jean Hoffman
$638
Mrs. Jean Hoffman
$250
Mrs. Loretta Stadler
$250
Mrs. Tory Johnson
$311
Ms. Allison Kelly
$250
Ms. Christina Moon
$1,000
Ms. Diana Douglas
$300
Ms. Mary Limoges
$300
Ms. Mollie Miller
$300
Ms. Pamela Welsh
$200
Nancy & Frank Vigilante
$300
Nancy and Steve Carell
Nancy Haberman
$200
Nancy Kunkel-Romanow
Nancy Sandman
$411
Natalie and Jonathan Silverstein
$500
Neil
$250
Oded Wurman and Family
$5,000
Patricia Anderson
Patrick Blakemore
$270
Paul & Lauren Cancienne
$500
Pete Young
$300
Peter D Sagal
$1,000
Peter Donald
$250
Piet Ytsma
$300
Quinn Emmett
$3,000
Rachel Morrison
$200
Randi, Alex, & Malcolm
Randy
$311
Rep. Lori Ehrlich
$1,000
Richard Schifter
$600
Rick Sullivan
Ritz Carlton Club St. Thomas
$2,500
River, Charlee and Ronan Burnett
$250
Rob Craven Jr
Robert and Alicia Holzshu
Robert D. Faw, Jr. & Marcia L. Henning
Robin and David Favreau
$250
Ron & Suzie Cass
$500
Royce & Shari Morgan
$500
Ryan Hayden
$300
Saltsteins
$250
Sarah Ricketts
SebastianStrong Foundation
$1,000
Shari Cavallaro
$300
Stephen Bright, Yale Law School, in memory of Tim O'Brien
$500
Steve Brown
$500
Sue and Steve
$200
Sue Bull
SuperMelt
Susan OBrien
$1,000
Syl_Fernandez
$500
Team Carlos will be cheering you on!
$1,000
The Blums
$250
The CustomInk LLC
The DiBattista's
$250
The Eisenhauers
The Hennigan Family
The LujŠns
The Salvatore Michael Cutrona Family Foundation
Tim OBrien
$10,000
Tom & Allyson Ferguson
$250
Tom Goldstone
UnitedHealth Group for Colleen Kelly
Vanessa Fuhrmans
$211
Verna Montgomery--Boston Born and Raised
$500
Vicky
$200
Vidya Shankar
$200
Virginia T Henry
$1,000
WarnerMedia for Mr. & Mrs. Ken Kubiak
Yvonne B
$272
Help raise funds for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund
Every dollar raised by your run supports Dana-Farber’s mission to conquer cancer.
Together, we can conquer cancer!














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Team Beans: Boston Marathon 2022
Team Beans: Boston Marathon 2022

Team Beans

A note from Beans' dad:

Why am I running the Boston Marathon to benefit Dana Farber? 

Because my child died of cancer and every single day there is another child like her. Because even though Francesca, Beans – as we nicknamed her – died, she can leave a legacy through the money raised here to support the Infant Brain Tumor Program at Dana Farber.

Beans' story

In September 2020, my life changed forever when my six-month-old daughter Francesca was diagnosed with brain cancer Francesca was a healthy and hearty girl who loved to nap on her dad on long walks in her carrier. She loved to watch Sesame Street videos and smiling at me. She was an outgoing, bold and curious baby whose huge, deep brown eyes loved to follow whatever I was doing. She loved eating and being held close.

Within a week of her diagnosis we moved to Boston to give her the best shot. There, she stole the hearts of the nurses and doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital. Hospital staff would gasp with joy at her incredible, infectious smile. They treated us like family and in the midst of the pandemic, became our family.

Cancer took Beans' life on Christmas Eve, we have never been the same since and never will be.

The kindness of the people in Boston – the struggling restaurant in Fenway Park that gave us a free meal when they learned our daughter had cancer, the nurses who were by our side while Francesca died. We will never, ever forget the good people who were there for us in our darkest moments.

Not doing enough

Every single day there is another child like Francesca.  A child who dies. A family whose lives are shattered with their diagnosis. A devastated family learning their child's relapsed. Unfortunately, we as a society aren’t doing enough for these kids.

Sadly, given the small number of patients, private industry does not invest or develop drugs for childhood cancers like brain cancer. Instead, smart researchers and oncologists like those at Dana Farber work to develop treatments using adult cancer drugs. This research and these clinical trials are expensive – they take years and cost millions of dollars. 

Game-changing research

In 2021, we raised $1.85 million for the Infant Brain Tumor Program.  

And each dollar is game-changing in the fight for better treatments. You can read about some of amazing clinical trials and research this money is supporting here.

The doctors that you’ve backed through your contributions tell us this funding is already making a huge difference. Let’s keep that momentum going. Each clinical trial and research effort gets us closer to better treatments and to a world where fewer families have bear the loss of their child or watch them suffer through harsh treatments.


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