Dana-Farber Leadership Council
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A Message from Your Co-Chairs

On behalf of the entire Dana-Farber Leadership Council and the staff at Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund, thank you for making 2012 an incredibly successful year!

Over the last 12 months, you thoughtfully volunteered time, enthusiastically attended events, and generously contributed to Dana-Farber's lifesaving mission. As a Council, we welcomed 16 new members and through our collective efforts raised an astounding $558,000 for research and patient care at Dana-Farber. We continue to raise more each year and are aiming to exceed $600,000 in 2013!

We are also excited to announce that all DFLC annual gifts will contribute to the the DFLC Annual Fund, which will support unrestricted funds—the lifeblood of the Institute. Unrestricted gifts:

  • Provide critical, flexible funding to be used when and where the need is greatest;
  • Enable Institute leaders to apply monies rapidly when promising new research opportunities arise;
  • Allow Dana-Farber to serve the spiritual, emotional, and psychosocial needs of patients and their families throughout their cancer journey;
  • Support the core infrastructure and technologies that foster the exchange of ideas and information across the Institute;
  • Allow Dana-Farber to attract, develop, and retain the brightest minds who will lead the next generation of cancer care and research; and
  • Make it possible to bolster under-funded services including social work, community outreach and education, and cancer prevention and screening.
We look forward to celebrating our 2012 successes and sharing our 2013 goals at the Winter Gathering on February 26 at Back Bay Social Club.

All the best,


Jeff Goldstein & Russell Norris

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Save the Date

February 26, 2013 Back Bay Social ClubDFLC Winter Gathering
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Back Bay Social Club, 867 Boylston Street


Come in from the cold and join us for a regular membership meeting with an update from DFLC Fellow Eliezer Van Allen, MD.

To learn more, please contact Sydney Costello or call 617-632-4127.

April 8, 2013 Rally Against CancerSMRally Against CancerSM
All Day, Your Workplace
Rally Against CancerSM has quickly become a Fenway Opening Day tradition for Boston Red Sox and Jimmy Fund fans throughout New England. In return for contributing $5 or more to the Jimmy Fund, employees and students can dress for Sox-cess by wearing their Red Sox gear to work or school on April 8—Opening Day.

To learn more, please contact Katie McGuirk, call 617-632-5548, or visit www.rallyagainstcancer.org.


April 15, 2013 Dana-Farber Marathon ChallengeDana-Farber Marathon Challenge Pasta Party (volunteer opportunity)
Various shifts available, Boston Marriott Copley Place

To learn more, please contact Brittany Moriarty or call 617-632-3492.


May 9, 2013 Eaton Vance13th Annual Rooftop Reception at Eaton Vance
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Eaton Vance Corporation, Two International Place

Don't miss this opportunity to meet with Dana-Farber physician-scientists and learn how their work is changing the future of cancer care.

To learn more, please contact Cody Waters or call 617-632-2550.

June 4 to June 6, 2013 Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl®Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl® (volunteer opportunity)
Noon 8:00 PM each day
City Hall Plaza


To learn more, please contact Nora Loughney or call 632-3613.

June 2013 Jimmy Fund GolfDana-Farber Leadership Council Golf Tournament
Time and Location TBD

DFLC members and their employers are encouraged to participate by sponsoring, donating auction items, or attending the dinner/speaking program.

To learn more, please contact Tim Barry, call 617-632-6603, or visit http://www.jfgolf.org/dflc.

September 8, 2013 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk
All Day, Hopkinton to Boston (with 13.2, 5, and 3-mile options)

DFLC members and their employers are encouraged to participate by sponsoring, donating auction items, or attending the dinner/speaking program.

To learn more, please contact Melissa Turetz, call 617-632-4062, or visit JimmyFundWalk.org.


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Did You KNow?

Are there any standing volunteer opportunities at Dana-Farber?

Yes! All of the blood and platelets collected at the Kraft Family Blood Donor Center benefit patients at Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's Hospital. There is no substitute for volunteer donors; patients depend on the generosity of these caring individuals. To schedule an appointment, learn more about the process, or find out how you can host a blood drive in your hometown, please call 617-632-3206 or email blooddonor@partners.org.

Why are zebrafish used as a cancer model in biomedical research?

With its striped, translucent skin, the zebrafish offers scientists a useful "window" into cancer development. Researchers can watch as tumors form and grow, and observe whether the malignancies respond to experimental treatments. The inch-and-a-half-long swimmer is a prolific reproducer. A mating pair can produce 200-300 embryos a week, which enables researchers to test anti-cancer drugs in hundreds or thousands of the animals at a time. Screening on such a large scale produces the most statistically reliable results. Though they're considerably shorter and slipperier than us, zebrafish share many genes with humans, and they can develop almost any tumor that we can, often through the same genetic pathways. The DNA in zebrafish cells is relatively easy to manipulate, allowing scientists to generate fish that develop specific types of cancer—and to potentially halt the disease once it has started. A decade ago, Dana-Farber's Thomas Look, MD, and his colleague Leonard Zon, MD, at Boston Children's Hospital, inserted a mouse cancer gene into zebrafish chromosomes to produce the first "transgenic" cancer model in fish, which in this case developed leukemia. To confirm that the gene had made its way into the zebrafish DNA, Look and Zon attached a fluorescent protein to the gene. When they saw green-glowing cells under the fish's skin, they knew they had succeeded.


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New Member Spotlight

Katlyn May

Place of Birth: Rhode Island
Attended: Boston College
Lives in: Weymouth, MA
Workplace and Title: Fidelity Investments, Director of Research Services
Favorite Boston restaurant: Mistral
In my free time I am most likely: Out and about with friends or family, at the gym, or cooking.
I joined DFLC because: As a cancer survivor, I've directly benefited from the ongoing research and patient care at Dana-Farber. I joined the DFLC to give back and ensure future patients receive the same access to the latest treatments.

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Committee Corner

Annual Giving Committee–Co-chairs: Jeff Beale and Ted Simms
We are excited to report the final results of the 2012 Dana-Farber Leadership Council Annual Fund! We had an incredibly successful year and raised $247,647 to support the Presidential Initiatives Fund at the Institute. This is a 30% increase over last year's revenue, including the funds raised for the new DFLC Fellowship. The Annual Giving Committee would like to recognize and thank all council members listed below for their Annual Fund gifts during the 2012 calendar year. If you have questions about the DFLC Annual Fund, please contact Erin Northrop or call 617-582-7491.

Charles Abrams
Kathryn Alexander
Christopher Carlin
Scott Carmel
Henry Cataldo
Jamie Chafel
Victor Chiang
Sara Cohn
Julie Crafton
J.W. Craig
Tara DePetrillo
Peter Devlin
Debra Drapalla
Paul Enderle
Joseph Estock
Shane Estock
Michael Ewald
Stephen Faberman
Wendy Faberman
Lawrence Fahey
Sean Fairley
Andrew Fay
Jeffrey Feingold
Trudi Feinstein
Johanna Ferguson
Jonathan Fine
Amanda Finn
Laura Fischman
Jeffrey Beale
Jamie Brown
William Gillen*
Jeffrey Goldstein
Matthew Goldstein
Ashley Green
Brian Higgins
Barry Hynes
Patricia Jordano
John Kelley
Sean Kelly
Timothy Kierstead
Andrew Kiley
Cori Lable
Cynthia Leahy
Michael Libert
Bradley Lucas*
Eric Marandett
Katlyn May
Richard Meagher
Sarah Molloy Roxe
John Murphy
Russell Norris
Paul Norton
Nancy O'Brien
Cynthia O'Brien
Leigh-Ann Patterson Durant
Mark Burkhard
Adrienne Camire
Sarah Peach
Kristian Pearson
Rachel Pearson
Mark Rosenthal
Katherine Rowley
Jed Ruccio
James Sadik
Jodie Sadowsky
Scott Sadowsky
John Shea
Edward Simms
Adam Smith
David Sopp
Amy Sullivan
Cornelius Sullivan
Gigi Szekely
Brian Taranto
Jason Wanatick
Kevin Wasielewski
James Weis
Matthew Witkos
Kate Worthington
Marc Zwetchkenbaum

*Dana-Farber Trustee

Jimmy Fund GolfGolf Committee–Co-chairs: Sean Fairley and Brian Taranto
Watch your inbox or visit http://www.jfgolf.org/dflc for further details and registration information. Please consider sponsoring, donating auction items, or attending the dinner/speaking program. For more information or to get involved, please contact Sean Fairley or Brian Taranto.

Outreach Committee–Co-chairs: Andy Fay and Sarah Molloy
The Outreach Committee welcomed 16 new members in 2012, bringing the total Council membership to 134! Please continue to refer friends and co-workers! For information about membership or to get more involved with any of the sub-committees please contact Sydney Costello or call 617-632-4127.

Walk Committee–Co-chairs: Ian McLeod and Jamie Brown
2012 marked the 24th year for the annual Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk! On Sunday, September 9, more than 7,800 people and 930 teams from all over the country gathered for the event and raised nearly $7 million to benefit research and patient care at Dana-Farber. The Dana-Farber Leadership Council Walk team, led by Ian McLeod, had a record year with a total of 17 members who brought in more than $14,000 for the cause! The Walk will celebrate its 25th year on Sunday, September 8, 2013, and the next Walk Committee meeting will take place in March or April. If you would like to learn more about the DFLC Walk Team and opportunities for involvement, please contact Melissa Turetz or call 617-632-4062.

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Events in Review

The Algonquin Club of Boston
Fall Social: September 27, 2012
On September 27, more than 50 DFLC members and guests attended the Fall Social, hosted by DFLC members Debra Drapalla and Jeff Beale at the Algonquin Club. The evening provided an opportunity for prospective DFLC members to network with current members. Thank you to our first Dana-Farber Leadership Council Fellow, Eliezer Van Allen, MD, for sharing his cutting-edge genomics research. Thank you also to all who heard the call to action and made a gift to the fellowship—members have given more than $40,000 to this initiative alone!

Fall Gathering: November 8, 2012
On November 8, 2012, guests gathered at Dana-Farber's Yawkey Center for the Fall Gathering. Ronny Mosston, newly named co-chair of Dana-Farber's Adult Patient and Family Advisory Council, offered her perspective as a recent patient. Ms. Mosston was diagnosed with breast cancer in July 2011, and received chemotherapy and radiation therapy at Dana-Farber. A former Senior Director of Patient Advocacy for Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Mosston will apply her professional experience to her efforts on behalf of the Council. "Through my work at Millennium, I had the good fortune of knowing the Institute before I became a patient," she says. "I was impressed by the support and education programs for patients. Once I got here, I realized the collaboration between staff and patients was very rich. By joining the Council, the professional and personal sides of my life came together."

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Dana-Farber in the News


Recipes for Fighting CancerAsk The Nutritionist: Recipes for Fighting Cancer
Dana-Farber has launched a free, easy-to-use iPhone® app that provides recipes and nutrition information that can be searched by cancer patients in accordance with their needs. The recipes are also helpful to anyone who wants to follow a healthy diet. Click here for more information and to download the app.

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