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East Boston resident supporting cancer care and research in B.A.A. Half Marathon®
Running as a member of the Dana-Farber team in the 17th annual race
 
 
BOSTON – On October 8, East Boston resident Brianna Rizzo will be running in the 17th annual B.A.A. Half Marathon® presented by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund, as a member of the official Dana-Farber team. Residents include:

Hundreds of Dana-Farber team members will raise awareness and at least $750 each to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber. Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund have sponsored the B.A.A. Half Marathon for 15 years. During this time, runners on the Dana-Farber team have raised more than $6 million to fuel lifesaving work at the Institute. To support a Dana-Farber runner in the B.A.A. Half Marathon, go to www.RunDanaFarber.org.

“It’s wonderful to see each year that our team members are as committed to finding cures for cancer as they are to reaching their personal fitness goals, and the entire Dana-Farber and Jimmy Fund community is grateful for their dedication,” said Jan Ross, assistant vice president, running programs, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Division of Development & the Jimmy Fund. “We are thrilled to have both longtime runners and first-time participants join the Dana-Farber team for next month’s race.”


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The 13.1-mile rolling course is an out-and-back loop that runs along the Emerald Necklace park system. It will begin and end in White Stadium in Boston’s Franklin Park. The event attracts a field of 9,000 runners, including world-class athletes.

The race is one of multiple annual fundraising events connected to the longstanding partnership between the Boston Athletic Association and Dana-Farber. The Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk is the only walk sanctioned to take place along the historic Boston Marathon route, and the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) is a team of Dana-Farber runners who participate in the Boston Marathon each April. Dana-Farber also has runners in the B.A.A. 5K.

There are a limited number of spots left on the Dana-Farber B.A.A. Half Marathon team. To learn more about running for Dana-Farber or to support a runner, please visit www.RunDanaFarber.org. Registration options are available for those already registered for the B.A.A. Half Marathon, and for those who require a B.A.A. Half Marathon race entry.

About the Jimmy Fund

The Jimmy Fund (www.JimmyFund.org) solely supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. It is an official charity of the Boston Red Sox, as well as the official charity of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Pan-Mass Challenge, and the Variety Children's Charity of New England. Since 1948, the generosity of millions of people has helped the Jimmy Fund save countless lives and reduce the burden of cancer for patients and families worldwide. Follow the Jimmy Fund on Facebook: www.facebook.com/thejimmyfund and on Twitter: @TheJimmyFund.

About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

From achieving the first remissions in cancer with chemotherapy in 1948, to developing the very latest new therapies, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is one of the world’s leading centers of cancer research and treatment. It is the only center ranked in the top 4 of U.S. News and World Report’s Best Hospitals for both adult and pediatric cancer care.

Dana-Farber sits at the center of a wide range of collaborative efforts to reduce the burden of cancer through scientific inquiry, clinical care, education, community engagement, and advocacy. Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center provides the latest in cancer care for adults; Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center for children. The Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center unites the cancer research efforts of five Harvard academic medical centers and two graduate schools, while Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care provides high quality cancer treatment in communities outside Boston’s Longwood Medical Area.

Dana-Farber is dedicated to a unique 50/50 balance between cancer research and care, and much of the Institute’s work is dedicated to translating the results of its discovery into new treatments for patients locally, and around the world.
 




Source: Department of Communications, Dana Farber

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