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 2013 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 13 new members and through our collective efforts raised an astounding $749,401 for research and patient care at Dana-Farber!

As in 2013, all DFLC annual gifts will continue to support 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
  • 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 2013 successes and sharing our 2014 goals throughout the year.

All the best,
Jeff Beale & Deb Drapalla

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Save the Date

April 4, 2014 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 4—Opening Day.

To learn more, contact Katie McGuirk, call 617-632-5420, or visit www.rallyagainstcancer.org.

April 20, 2014 Dana-Farber Marathon ChallengeDana-Farber Marathon Challenge Pasta Party (volunteer opportunity)
Various shifts available, Boston Marriott Copley Place

To learn more, contact Hannah Bradley or call 617-632-6606.

May 8, 2014 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 professionals and learn how their work is changing the future of cancer care.

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

June 3-5, 2014 Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl®Jimmy Fund Scooper Bowl® (volunteer opportunity)
Noon 8:00 PM each day, City Hall Plaza

To learn more, contact Kelsey Duggan or call 632-3613.

June 18, 2014 Jimmy Fund GolfDana-Farber Leadership Council Golf Tournament
Granite Links Golf Club

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

To learn more, contact Sean Fairley and Brian Taranto or visit http://www.dflcgolftournament.weebly.com.

September 21, 2014 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk
All Day, Hopkinton to Boston (with 13.2, 5, and 3-mile options)

To learn more, contact Sarah Dillon: call 617-632-4062, or visit JimmyFundWalk.org.
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Did You Know?

Can eating an alkaline diet lower cancer risk?
Some people believe that if the fluids and tissues in one's body become too acidic—that is, if the concentration of hydrogen in them is too high—it increases the chance of developing cancer. They also say that by reducing the intake of certain foods, people can lower their acidity levels, making the body more "alkaline" and less hospitable to cancer. Research offers reasons to be skeptical. First, while test tube studies show that some cancer cells grow faster in an acidic solution, it's incorrect to assume the same process happens in the human body. In fact, there are no human studies showing that alkaline diets prevent or treat cancer. Second, it's impossible to change the body's acidity level – through diet or other means – for a prolonged period of time. This is because the body has a complex system of checks and balances that prevent it from becoming either too acidic or too alkaline. Thus, if people eat foods such as meat and cranberries, which can temporarily raise blood acidity levels, the body responds by bringing those levels back into balance. A final problem with alkaline diets is that they restrict intake of foods such as beans and legumes, dairy products, and fruits that contain important vitamins and minerals. For these reasons, dietitians and other health care professionals don't recommend alkaline diets to prevent or treat cancer.

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New Member Spotlight

Rob NicewiczName: Rob Nicewicz
Place of Birth: Malden, MA
I Attended: Babson College
Currently reside in: Boston, MA
Workplace and Title: Vice President, ABRY Partners
Favorite Boston restaurant: Island Creek Oyster Bar
If I am not working I am most likely: On the golf course
I joined DFLC because: I want to help DFLC grow and further spread the message of the great work done by Dana-Farber.

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Committee Corner

Annual Giving Committee: Larry Fahey and Ted Simms, Co-Chairs
We are excited to report the final results of the 2013 Dana-Farber Leadership Council Annual Fund! We had an incredibly successful year and raised $240,000. The Annual Giving Committee would like to recognize and thank all council members listed below for their Annual Fund gifts during the 2013 calendar year. If you have questions about the DFLC Annual Fund, please contact Michela D'Eramo or call 617-582-7491.

Kristin & Richard Abati
Charlie Abrams
Kathryn Alexander
Jeffrey Beale*
Jamie Brown
Mark Burkhard
David Capelle
Chris Carlin
Scott Carmel
Jamie Chafel*
Victor Chiang
Sara Cohn
Julie Crafton
JW Craig
Russell Curtis*
Tara DePetrillo
Peter Devlin
Deb Drapalla*
Shane & Michael Estock
Michael Ewald
Wendy & Stephen Faberman
Larry Fahey
Sean Fairley
Andy Fay*
Jeffrey Feingold
Trudi Feinstein
Jonathan Fine
Laura Fischman
Kyle Geiselman
Bill Gillen**
Jeff Goldstein*
Matthew Goldstein
Johanna Goulding
Beth Grazio*
Brian Higgins
Patricia Jordano
John Kelley
Sean Kelly
Tim Kierstead
Karen Kiffney
Andrew Kiley
Heather Kispert Hagerty
Cori Lable
Cynthia Leahy
Michael Libert
Brad Lucas**
Eric Marandett
Katlyn May*
Jim McLaughlin
John Murphy*
Rob Nicewicz
Stephen Noyes
Nancy O'Brien
Cynthia O'Brien
Nicole O'Neill
Sarah Peach
Rachel & Kristian Pearson*
Jessica Radford
Katherine Rowley
Sarah Roxe*
Jed Ruccio
James Sadik
Jodie & Scott Sadowsky
John Shea
David Silk
Ted Simms
Jacob Skole
Adam Smith
Darby Stott
Kristin Stroker
Amy Sullivan*
Neil Sullivan
Gigi Szekely
Brian Taranto*
Laurel Wainwright
Kathy Washburn
Kevin Wasielewski
Jim Weis
Abby Witkin
Matthew Witkos*
Kate Worthington*
Marc Zwetchkenbaum*

*Supporter of 2013 Fellow, Dr. Marios Giannakis
**Institute Trustee

Jimmy Fund GolfGolf Committee: Sean Fairley and Brian Taranto, Co-Chairs
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: Henry Cataldo and Andy Fay, Co-Chairs
The Outreach Committee welcomed 13 new members in 2013, bringing the total Council membership to 107 active and engaged members! 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 Cody Waters or call 617-632-2550.

Walk Committee: Ian McLeod and Rachel Pearson, Co-Chairs
2013 marked the 25th year for the annual Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk! On Sunday, September 8, nearly 8,500 people from all over the country gathered for the event and raised more than $7.5 million to benefit patient care and research at Dana-Farber. The Dana-Farber Leadership Council Walk team, led by Ian McLeod and Rachel Pearson, had a record year with a total of 18 members who brought in more than $17,000 for the cause! The Walk will celebrate its 26th year in 2014. If you would like to learn more about the DFLC Walk Team and opportunities for involvement, please contact Sarah Dillon or call 617-632-6434.

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Events in Review

The Algonquin Club of Boston Fall Social: September 5, 2013
On September 5, more than 60 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 second Dana-Farber Leadership Council Fellow, Marios Giannakis, MD, PhD 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 $63K to this initiative alone!

Darby Stott Fall Gathering: November 7, 2013
On November 7, 2013, guests gathered at Dana-Farber's Yawkey Center for the Fall Gathering. Darby Stott, a member of the Leadership Council and a Dana-Farber patient, spoke about her experience as a patient fundraiser. She captained a team for the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk and has raised more than $78,000 for breast oncology, putting her first-year, 77-member team in the Walk's top five. In addition to supporting Dana-Farber through the Walk, Darby also ran the Boston Marathon for the Institute in 2010 and 2011. Darby has worked for Fidelity Family Office Services, first as a Finance Director and later as a Senior Director of Business Development; she also served as a press aide in the Clinton administration. She is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and the Boston College Wallace E. Carroll Graduate School of Management. We are fortunate to count her as a member of the Council.

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Dana-Farber in the News

George Demetri, MDHarvard Medical School receives $90 million, sharing $540 million gift from Ludwig Cancer Research
Ludwig Cancer Research, on behalf of its founder, Daniel K. Ludwig, has given Harvard Medical School $90 million to spur innovative scientific inquiry and discovery in a newly expanded center. The Ludwig Center at Harvard will be co-directed by Joan Brugge, PhD, of Harvard Medical School and George Demetri, MD, of Dana-Farber. Click here for more information.

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