Why I Give
Dedicated volunteers make legacy gift after decades of involvement
After Ginny and Marc Packin moved to Western Massachusetts from New Jersey in 1990, they quickly became involved in the area’s active fundraising community for Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund, led by Barbara and Jim Sadowsky, Dana-Farber Trustees and co-chairs of the Dana-Farber Society (DFS).
Bequest creates legacy to conquer cancer for active supporter
Fred Reagan is a strong supporter of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute's mission to conquer cancer. He is a dedicated walker in the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai, and a volunteer for the Pan-Mass Challenge bike-a-thon. And, with a gift to Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund in his will, Fred's legacy will continue his support of the fight against cancer.
Beneficiary designation is a smart financial decision that helps fight cancer
For Roger Paschke, naming Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund as a beneficiary of his retirement fund was an easy way to support an organization deeply important to him, and to honor his older sister and stem cell donor, Riley McMahon. Roger was successfully treated for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and received Riley’s donated stem cells through a transplant at Dana-Farber in 2005.
Charitable Gift Annuity is a gift that pays income for life and gives back
As physicians trained in Boston, Martha and Arthur “Art” Bobruff always knew of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Their knowledge of Dana-Farber drastically changed in 1997 when their 22-year-old son, David, was diagnosed with a brain tumor.
Charitable Remainder Trust is a unique giving opportunity
Joanne and Irwin “Jake” Jacobs were grateful for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute when Jake underwent treatment for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1987. “We received a tremendous amount of care and it was so encouraging to us,” Joanne says. “Jake’s Dana-Farber team answered every question we had.”
Inspired by her daughter, Emily Kneen gift makes a difference at Dana-Farber and benefits family
While Emily Kneen was devastated by the loss of her daughter, she was also determined to honor her memory and make something positive out of her incredible fight against cancer. Kneen set the wheels in motion to make a lifetime commitment to Dana-Farber by contributing to the Julie K. Brown Memorial Fund, which Brown’s husband established to support breast cancer research.
Thoughtful gift of real estate recognizes exemplary care and research
As a nurse practitioner and passionate patient advocate, Judy Murray, RN, MSN, NP, spent much of her career helping others get the care they needed. She was inquisitive, committed, and tireless in seeking the highest standard of health care possible—whether it was through her job or for family and friends.
A "social investment" in the future of cancer research and patient care
Giving back is important to Patti Keenan and her family. For Patti, it is an “honor and a privilege” to give to a cause close to her heart, and she and her husband, Matt, want their three children to feel the same way about making an impact through giving.
Bill Machanic honors his wife's legacy by giving back
From the moment Bill Machanic’s wife, Mary Ann, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and they met with Dr. Neil Horowitz, they knew they were in good hands. Throughout her two-year treatment, Machanic and his wife became deeply connected to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and found its dedication to total patient care overwhelmingly comforting.
Charitable Gift Annuity from lifelong Red Sox fan helps strike out cancer
The Red Sox have not only been a source of entertainment for Marilyn (Matthes) Silva, but also one of inspiration: the team’s partnership with Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund for the last 60 years led her to establish a Charitable Gift Annuity (CGA) to benefit Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund’s ultimate mission to end cancer.