Dana-Farber contributes to The One Fund
On behalf of the runners in the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC), the Institute has given $50,000 to The One Fund Boston Inc., the charity established to help those most affected by the April 15 Boston Marathon bombings.
The check, presented to The One Fund by Dana-Farber President Edward J. Benz Jr., MD, is affirmation of the Institute’s long association with the marathon and its solidarity with those who were affected by the attack, Benz says.
“Dana-Farber and the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) have a long history of working together via the marathon to conquer cancer through the efforts of our runners and their supporters,” Benz says. “Many of those injured or killed by the bombs at the marathon finish line were there because they were committed to supporting wonderful causes. They now need and richly deserve our support.
We are thus very pleased to be able to add our contribution to The One Fund Boston.”
In addition to the gift from the Institute, Dana-Farber staff may make personal contributions to The One Fund at www.onefundboston.org. The DFMC’s affiliation with the marathon began in 1990, when Dana-Farber became one of the first organizations in the B.A.A.’s Boston Marathon Official Charity Program. Since then, thousands of runners have participated in the DFMC, raising more than $60 million for the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research. The Barr Program supports selected
Dana-Farber scientists who are conducting novel basic research projects that hold the promise of better cancer therapies and improved quality of life for patients.
There were 550 runners on this year’s DFMC roster, including 19 Dana-Farber staff. The team’s fundraising goal is $4.6 million.
“Since the terrifying disruption to that beautiful Patriots’ Day, many thousands of calls and emails have been made and received as members of the DFMC extended family checked in and asked how they might help,” says Jan Ross, director of Dana-Farber Running Programs. “As Boston is strong, so are DFMC and the Institute. We send our renewed best wishes to those impacted most directly, and our deepest thanks to the dedicated individuals who run to further the mission of Dana-Farber.”