The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute was founded in 1947 and is today located in a modern medical center in Boston, Massachusetts. Today the Institute is engaged in comprehensive research into the causes of and possible cures for this devastating and dreaded disease. The Institute also reaches out to the general community with information while providing easier access to medical care.
The Yawkey Center for Cancer Care, part of the Dana-Farber Institute, is a cutting-edge research and care facility especially designed to bring the best treatments to patients as quickly as possible. The special care offered by Dana-Farber also reaches beyond the immediate boundaries of the Longwood Medical Area. The Institute networks with satellite centers in several locations throughout Massachusetts, and even as far as Londonderry, New Hampshire.
The Dana-Farber Community Benefits Program reaches out to the greater Boston community to educate, help prevent and reduce the risk of cancer in the area’s under-served populations. One example of the way the program accomplishes its goals is through a mobile mammography program, the only one of its kind in all of Massachusetts. Dana-Farber also supports a community outreach program whose aim is to increase the rates of colon cancer screening among minorities in the Boston area and thereby reducing the rate of death from this disease.
In a recently written article Jim Donovan explains how supporting cancer research has helped him put meaning into the death of a close friend who passed away from cancer. Donovan became a supporter of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, serving on the Board of Trustees, establishing the Christy and Jim Donovan Fund for Prostate Cancer Research at Dana-Farber, as well as supporting Dana-Farber in a myriad of other ways. As Donovan puts it:
“This participation helped me process my grief over losing my friend. I continue to show my support for him every day through these activities. And it also changed my perspective on the fight against cancer. I realized it takes much more than doctors in the operating room and researchers in the lab. It takes regular people devoting their time, talents, and resources, whatever those may be, to champion the cause. I’m thankful I can use my business and financial background to support organizations dedicated to cancer research. I’m also an avid runner, so I also participate in road races to raise money. And, as corny as it may sound, I think of my friend when I run, and I really do feel as though I’m running towards the cure.”