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Dedicated volunteers make legacy gift after decades of involvement

Ginny and Marc Packin

Ginny and Marc Packin

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). Jim and Marc were college roommates, and the Sadowskys introduced the Packins to many fellow Dana-Farber and Jimmy Fund supporters.

“The people we met were just fantastic and hardworking, and they have kept us involved,” Marc said.

At the time, Ginny and Marc’s family had not been touched by cancer, but they were eager to help with events like Chefs for Jimmy and the Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament/Jeffrey Vinick Memorial. A trip to Dana-Farber’s Jimmy Fund Clinic greatly affected the Packins and deepened their commitment.

“We realized we could be a part of helping these children on their journey,” Ginny said.

In addition to their decades of volunteer work, the Packins will leave a legacy of helping others affected by cancer through a gift to Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund in their will. With this recent addition to their estate plans, the Packins join many of their fellow volunteers as members in the DFS, a group of dedicated individuals who have made a planned gift to Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund.

“We didn’t find it difficult to balance taking care of Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund, as well as our family, in our estate plans,” Marc said. “We know our gift will have a positive impact in the future, and it will be handled well,” Ginny added.

Over the course of Ginny and Marc’s involvement, family members in other states have been diagnosed with cancer, and the Packins feel their support of Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund makes a difference beyond New England and will continue to do so for years to come.

“The research that’s going on at Dana-Farber doesn’t stay local—it’s shared with the cancer-fighting community globally,” Ginny said. “That means a lot to us.”

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