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Beverly resident running Boston Marathon for cancer research

Posted by Justin Rice  April 5, 2012 09:14 PM

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The following is a press release from Dana-Farber:


BOSTON – On April 16, Jaidip Chanda from Beverly, Mass., will be running in the 116th Boston Marathon to help conquer cancer as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team.

Chanda, along with Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge teammates from across the United States and around the world will run Massachusetts’ historic marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston with a goal to raise $4.8 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team members must meet one of the basic fundraising commitments:

-Invitational runners, runners who receive an entry from Dana-Farber have a basic fundraising commitment of $4,000.

-Own entry runners, runners who have joined the DFMC after obtaining their own race entry have a basic fundraising commitment of $3,500.

One-hundred-percent of the funds raised benefit the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber, which funds basic research in its earliest stages, providing scientists with critical resources to test their innovative ideas. Findings from this research can provide novel clinical insights as well as the foundation to seek additional federal funding support.

Since its inception in 1990, the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge has raised more than $52 million for the Barr Program. Dana-Farber Trustees Delores Barr and Wayne Weaver founded the Barr Program in 1987 to honor Mrs. Weaver’s mother, Claudia Adams Barr, who lost her battle with cancer in 1957.

In 1990, Dana-Farber was among the first charity organizations to be recognized by the B.A.A. The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team offers its members extensive fundraising support, training guidance from Jack Fultz, the 1976 Boston Marathon® men’s champion, plus team training runs, and volunteer opportunities for non-runners. Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge runners who are not time-qualified for the Boston Marathon® receive an invitational entry into the race.

To contribute to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge or to support a runner, go online to www.RunDFMC.org or contact the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge office at (617) 632-1970 or dfmc@dfci.harvard.edu. Follow DFMC on Facebook: www.facebook/marathonchallenge.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (www.dana-farber.org) is a principal teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and is among the leading cancer research and care centers in the United States. It is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC), designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute.

It provides adult cancer care with Brigham and Women’s Hospital as Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and it provides pediatric care with Children’s Hospital Boston as Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. Dana-Farber is the top ranked cancer center in New England, according to U.S. News & World Report, and one of the largest recipients among independent hospitals of National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health grant funding.

Follow Dana-Farber on Twitter: @danafarber
Follow Dana-Farber on Facebook: www.facebook.com/danafarbercancerinstitute

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