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The Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

November 15, 2012 Leave a comment

A Financial Services Associate with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Boston, Stephen Goettle balances his career with what charity work his limited free time allows. Over the years, Stephen Goettle has donated to Project Bread, participated in Habitat for Humanity projects and made contributions to several schools.

Stephen Goettle supports the Jimmy Fund of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Founded in 1948, the Jimmy Fund raises money to fight cancer. It originated on the May 22 edition of the radio program Truth or Consequences. Revolutionary cancer doctor Sidney Farber, MD, of the Children’s Cancer Research Foundation (which became Dana-Farber) and the Variety Club of New England (today the Variety Children’s Charity of New England) broadcast players of the Boston Braves baseball team visiting a 12-year-old boy who was undergoing treatment for cancer. The airing attracted over $200,000 in donations and brought a significant amount of attention to the cause.

One year after the show aired, the Jimmy Fund continued its fundraising efforts by producing the Jimmy Fund/Variety Children’s Charity Theater Program. In 1953, both the Boston Red Sox and the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association selected the Jimmy Fund as their official charities. Throughout the next several decades, the organization developed numerous events to procure more contributions, such as the Scooper Bowl, the Jimmy Fund Walk, and the Pan-Mass Challenge bike race, which still serves as the group’s most successful endeavor. The Fund has built a state-of-the-art clinic for pediatric patients at the Dana-Farber.

Over the past 60 years, the Jimmy Fund has raised over $750 million. These funds have contributed to research significantly improving cure rates for several types of pediatric cancer. The winner of nine 4-star ratings in a row from Charity Navigator, this group attracts thousands of volunteers every year. To learn more about the organization and how to aid its mission, please visit www.jimmyfund.org.