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Wellesley resident honored by Jimmy Fund for cancer-fighting fundraising

Posted by Evan Allen  October 3, 2012 04:59 PM

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A former Patriots player and current Wellesley resident, Gino Cappalletti, was presented on Monday night with the 2012 Jimmy Award at the 30th annual Jimmy Fund Golf Classic at the International Golf Club in Bolton, according to a press release from the event.

Cappalletti was honored with the award for his work in helping Jimmy Fund Golf to raise funds to support cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

He got involved with the Jimmy Fund when a close friend was looking for a way to honor his grandson, who was being treated for leukemia at Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic. Cappalleti suggested starting a charity golf tournament, and helped to organize the A.L.L. Open in 1998, and still serves as the celebrity host, according to the release.

His friend’s grandson is now a healthy college freshman who wants to join the school’s football team, according to the release.

Since 1983, Jimmy Fund Golf has raised more than $91 million for cancer research by hosting more than 150 tournaments throughout the country.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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