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After 60 years of working together, the Boston Red Sox and the Jimmy Fund are re-affirming their partnership with a year of events and activities throughout the year.
“The support of the Red Sox and what they have done to help us project the Jimmy Fund and the mission that the Jimmy Fund supports have allowed us to be continually aggressive and ambitious about investing in research, investing in novel clinical programs to provide the very best in cancer care and to use our research to improve the outcome for cancer patients,” Dr. Edward J. Benz, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, said at a kick-off celebration in the lobby of the institute Thursday.
The Red Sox presented the Jimmy Fund, which solely supports adult and pediatric cancer care and research at the institute, with a $60,000 check at the kick-off, marking the beginning of the season celebrating the Jimmy Fund and the 100th Act of Kindness in honor of the yearlong celebration of Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary.
“This is an institution that we all have to help, that we all have to work with because it plain and simple saves lives, it eliminates misery, it prevents some of the worst experiences and emotions that one can have in life, and we are extremely fortunate to have this institution here,” said Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino, who was treated for non-Hodgkins lymphoma in 1985 and 1986.
The season’s events and activities include a dedicated suite for Dana-Farber patients and families to watch a game, the establishment of a cancer awareness van, and the naming of two Red Sox players as Jimmy Fund co-captains.
Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and third baseman Will Middlebrooks will serve as co-captains of the Jimmy Fund and act as ambassadors by helping to drive awareness and support for Dana-Farber and participating in Jimmy Fund events such as the Rally Against Cancer.
This season, the Dana-Faber’s Blum Family Resource Center van will be parked outside Fenway Park to provide information on cancer education and prevention and Jimmy Fund Chorus will be put together to sing at games and fundraising events.
August will continue to be Jimmy Fund month at Fenway Park and games played that month will feature various events and on-field activities.
The 12th annual WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon at Fenway Park has also been scheduled for August 27 and August 28.
“We will do all of this and more to deepen the relationship that the Red Sox have enjoyed with the Jimmy Fund, and more importantly to make progress towards the ultimate treatment and dare I say cure of the many kinds of cancers that we face,” Lucchino said.
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