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Timeline of Major Events


As part of Dana-Farber's 40th anniversary, the first patient reunion is held, uniting cancer survivors and their families for a day of celebration and education.
The $7.5-million Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research is established with a challenge grant by Institute Trustees J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver to foster innovative research by the Institute's most talented researchers.

Two out of every three children who enter the Jimmy Fund Clinic are cured.
The Louis B. Mayer Research Laboratories are opened, providing state-of-the-art facilities in which to pursue answers to the many questions surrounding cancer.
Ted Williams' 70th birthday celebration, a Jimmy Fund benefit, sells out at the Wang Center in Boston.

Institute physicians, in conjunction with Massachusetts Senator Edward M. Kennedy and doctors from other U.S. cancer centers, collaborate with Russian cancer specialists to bring innovative cancer treatments to the Soviet Union.

Former President Ronald Reagan visits the Institute and is the guest of honor at a Jimmy Fund luncheon held at the Sheraton Boston.
Thomas A. Yawkey Research Laboratories are dedicated.
The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge is founded. This event, run in conjunction with the Boston Marathon®, supports the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research.

The Red Sox, the Jimmy Fund and Stop & Shop supermarkets team up to introduce the Triple Winner Game, a scratch card game that Stop & Shop customers can play by making a $1 donation to the Jimmy Fund.

Four Jimmy Fund fundraisers pass the $1 million mark: the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, the Jimmy Fund/Variety Club Theatre Collections Program, the Stop & Shop/Red Sox Triple Winner Program and the Jimmy Fund Golf Program.

Dana-Farber initiates the Women's Cancers Program to reduce the incidence of cancers in women, specifically breast cancer, lung cancer and gynecological and reproductive cancers. A National Advisory Council composed of local and national leaders is formed to raise funds and public awareness of the program.
Dana-Farber establishes the High Risk Research Clinic, one of the nation's first genetic testing programs for members of families with an inherited susceptibility to cancer.
More than 4,000 participants in the 5th annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk set a new record for this popular fundraiser, raising more than $1 million.

The Abraham D. Gosman Adult Clinic is dedicated at Dana-Farber.
A chapel is dedicated at Dana-Farber, providing a spiritual sanctuary for patients, families and staff members. Its construction, spearheaded by the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, is made possible by generous contributions in memory of Jeffrey R. Forbes.
The Jimmy Fund honors longtime supporter Ted Williams by forming the Ted Williams 406 Club named after the former Red Sox slugger's stellar 1941 batting average.

The Eleanor and Maxwell Blum Patient and Family Resource Center opens. Housing a collection of books, pamphlets, computers and audio and videotapes, the center also offers computer assistance to patients and families who seek information on cancer-related topics.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute joins Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital to create Dana-Farber/Partners Cancer Care, a joint venture that offers adult cancer patients the combined strengths of three of the world's leading centers for cancer care and research.
The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge passes the $1 million mark with 400 participants running in the 100th Boston Marathon.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund celebrate 50 years of progress in the fight against cancer and related diseases. The commemoration includes a patient reunion, a scientific symposium that features nationally and internationally known scientists, and a celebration in which Deaconess Road (between the Smith and Dana Buildings) is renamed "Jimmy Fund Way." As part of the festivities, members of the Boston Braves of the 1940s and the 1967 Red Sox Dream Team visit during the summer.
The Richard A. and Susan F. Smith Research Laboratories, housed in a new 12-story building devoted to cancer research, are dedicated in October. The nearly 270,000-square-foot building provides space for more than 500 Dana-Farber researchers, state-of-the-art laboratories, an expanded library, parking and specialized research centers.
The Gillette Center for Women's Cancers opens in the Dana Building. With financial support from the Gillette Company, the center provides a full range of services for women with breast or gynecologic cancers - from medical treatment to nutritional and psychological counseling. The center also includes the Houghton Mifflin Patient and Family Resource Room, where patients can gain information on their condition and its treatment, and the Friends of Dana-Farber Boutique, which sells wigs, hats, scarves, and other items of use to patients.
The Institute's inpatient beds move to a location at Brigham and Women's Hospital, where they remain under Dana-Farber's license, as part of the implementation of Dana-Farber/Partners Cancer Care. The Institute opens several floors of new clinics in the Dana Building dedicated to adult outpatient care.
The Pan-Massachusetts Challenge makes another quantum leap in its fundraising and contributes $5.5 million to the Jimmy Fund.

Dana-Farber welcomes back the original "Jimmy," 62-year-old Carl Einar Gustafson, who, as a 12-year-old patient of Institute founder Sidney Farber, M.D., helped launch the Jimmy Fund in 1948. A party is held for staffers to meet Gustafson, and he throws out the ceremonial first pitch at a Red Sox-Yankee game at Fenway Park.
Dana-Farber opens its first on-site radiation therapy center. Located in the Dana building, the center is used primarily by patients being treated in the Gillette Center for Women's Cancers.
The Institute establishes the nation's first Adult Patient and Family Advisory Council. This Council has become a model for other centers to involve patients and their families in developing the highest standard of comprehensive and compassionate health care.

The Institute announces the formation of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center, which places the Institute at the hub of cancer research and prevention within the Harvard medical community. Creating new links between Dana-Farber researchers and their colleagues at Harvard Medical School and other Harvard-affiliated hospitals, the program will also strengthen the Institute's efforts in cancer prevention by tapping the expertise of epidemiologists at the Harvard School of Public Health.

The Institute formalizes its 50-year-plus affiliation with Children's Hospital with the creation of Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Care. The new organization is designed to enhance the quality and continuity of care at the two institutions.

Reflecting a focus on "translational research", the Center for Experimental Medicine at Dana-Farber is established. The center coordinates the Institute's efforts to convert laboratory advances into better treatments for patients.
The Kraft Family Blood Center moves to new, expanded quarters in the Jimmy Fund Building. Center leaders expect the facility will eventually collect 7,000 bags of platelets a year for patients at Dana-Farber and Brigham and Women's Hospital.