By Lori Dougherty
Photography by Kamissa Barry, John Deputy, Theresa Johnson Herlihy, Sam Ogden
The Jimmy Fund launched its 75th anniversary year on May 22 with a day of events highlighting its rich history and lasting impact. Proclaimed Jimmy Fund Day by Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, the day began with a ceremony at the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care. Dana-Farber patients and families joined President and CEO Laurie H. Glimcher, MD, to unveil commemorative signage and a life-sized cow sculpture, both decorated with the Jimmy Fund’s “We’re All Jimmy” slogan in multiple languages. The cow sculpture was part of CowParade New England presented by Herb Chambers, an art installation that ran from June through early September throughout Boston, with proceeds benefitting The Dana-Farber Campaign.
Mid-day, a special gathering in Chestnut Hill honored members of families, organizations, and Official Charity Partners whose efforts helped launch the Jimmy Fund in 1948 and continue to sustain its growth.
“The Jimmy Fund has enabled Dana-Farber to become one of the world’s leading centers of cancer research and treatment, saving countless lives.”— President & CEO Laurie H. Glimcher, MD
The celebration continued at dusk, when iconic Boston-area landmarks participated in “Light Boston Blue for the Jimmy Fund,” illuminating in the Jimmy Fund’s signature color, and area billboards carried commemorative Jimmy Fund messages into the evening. Recognition of the anniversary is continuing throughout the year, at various Jimmy Fund events.
“As we mark the Jimmy Fund’s 75-year anniversary, we take pride in remaining anchored by the core principles of Dr. Sidney Farber’s mission: to make scientific discoveries and turn them into lifesaving treatments,” President Glimcher said. “The Jimmy Fund has enabled Dana-Farber to become one of the world’s leading centers of cancer research and treatment, saving countless lives.”