By Kayla Carcone
In 1953, Tom and Jean Yawkey initiated what would become a legacy of remarkable support by helping to establish the historic relationship between the Boston Red Sox, Sidney Farber, MD, and the Jimmy Fund. Now, 70 years later, the Yawkey Foundation continues to forge meaningful connections while enhancing the daily experiences of our patients and staff, most recently awarding $100,000 to the Adult Patient Assistance Program at Dana-Farber.
This support helps to alleviate financial hardship for patients and families undergoing treatment at the Institute. Thanks in part to the generosity of the Yawkey Foundation, Deborah Toffler, MSW, LSCW, senior director of patient care services, and her team have an expanded capacity to assist patients with the cost of groceries, travel expenses, and other needs created by financial strain.
This gift also funded a staff appreciation event in August, which brought Cookie Monstah, an ice cream sandwich food truck, to the Yawkey Center for Cancer Care. “We are delighted that the power of this grant will be amplified through a gesture of appreciation, recognizing the many individual employees across various functions doing heroic work every day in cancer treatment and research,” said Maureen Bleday, CEO of the Yawkey Foundation.