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The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute - In Their Own Words

Who can describe the Dana-Farber Cancer Isntitute better than themselves? Here's what they have to say about who they are:

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute ...


"Dedicated to discovery ... committed to care" is the mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (DFCI), described as "one of the world's premier cancer centers" by the National Cancer Institute. Founded in 1947 by Sidney Farber, MD, DFCI is renowned for its unique blend of basic and clinical research and for using its discoveries to improve the treatment of adults and children with cancer. It is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center - one of 39 nationally designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers. A teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, Dana-Farber is also one of 20 federal Centers for AIDS Research in the United States, and is consistently ranked one of the top four cancer centers in the country by U.S.News & World Report. It has also earned "Magnet" status for excellence in nursing.

Dana-Farber has a longstanding alliance with Children's Hospital Boston to care for children with cancer. In 1996, DFCI and the two founding members of the Partners HealthCare System - Brigham and Women's Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital - formed Dana-Farber/Partners CancerCare, a collaborative program in adult oncology. Dana-Farber's adult oncology services are provided through the Dana-Farber/ Brigham and Women's Cancer Center. By bringing together the strengths of world-class institutions, these partnerships provide an exceptional level of care for cancer patients and their families.

... and The Jimmy Fund

The Jimmy Fund supports the fight against cancer at Dana-Farber, helping to raise both funds and the chances of survival for children and adults around the world. Named to protect the anonymity of one of Dr. Sidney Farber's young patients, the Jimmy Fund was established in 1948 by the Variety Club of New England in conjunction with the Boston Braves baseball team. Later adopted as the official cause of the Boston Red Sox, the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, and the annual Pan-Massachusetts Challenge bike-a-thon, the Jimmy Fund is widely regarded as "New England's favorite charity." Individual and corporate gifts, many of them collected through hundreds of annual Jimmy Fund events, have helped the organization generate millions of dollars for cancer research and care at Dana-Farber over the decades.