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The
Dana-Farber
Campaign

Watch the Launch

Watch the Campaign Announcement

Watch the Campaign Announcement

The Dana-Farber Campaign. Defy Cancer.

On Monday, May 17, Dr. Laurie H. Glimcher, President and CEO of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, announced The Dana-Farber Campaign during a virtual event featuring Dana-Farber patients, caregivers, donors, and special guests. The program showcased how donor support through The Dana-Farber Campaign is needed to Defy Cancer and change the impact of cancer in our lifetimes. Tom Brokaw, Andy Grammer, Amy Poehler, Pierce Brosnan, and more offered messages of support for this crucial endeavor.

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We invite you to support our visionary trailblazers, medical pioneers, and compassionate caregivers. In the last 10 years, nearly one in every four FDA-approved cancer drugs was developed in part with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute community. Now, more than ever, progress is accelerating and successes are multiplying. We ask you to join us in our unmatched and unwavering determination to prevent, treat, and Defy Cancer.

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Defyverb

de. fy | di-’fī defied; defying transitive verb to challenge; to do something considered impossible; to dare

A Message from Our President and CEO

A Message from Our President and CEO

We know more about cancer than ever before. More treatments are coming out of our research every day and are being delivered with outstanding compassion in our clinics and around the world. We are relentlessly determined to take what we are learning, build on it, and defeat this disease. There is no time to waste. Patients everywhere are depending on us. We ask for your support. Please join us.

Together, we will Defy Cancer.

Laurie H. Glimcher, MD
President and CEO, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Richard and Susan Smith Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School

A Message from Our Campaign Chair

A Message from Our Campaign Chair

We need to build on the incredible scientific revolution that is underway at Dana-Farber, a revolution that promises to fundamentally change the impact of cancer in our lifetimes. Now is the time, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is the place to invest. Our community’s dedication to revolutionary science and extraordinary care is leading and changing the trajectory of treatment worldwide. I believe that, together, we will Defy Cancer. Please join us in this essential mission.

Michael R. Eisenson
Chair, The Dana-Farber Campaign
Trustee, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Founding Partner and Managing Director, Charlesbank Capital Partners

Our experts lead the development of new treatments and write the cancer care protocols used around the world.

Grateful-Chris

Grateful-Chris

My son, Camden, was born an athlete. You name it—basketball, football, skiing, golf, tennis... Then, one day, he started having this recurring pain in his knee. We assumed it was some sort of injury or an issue with a ligament or muscle. But the pain didn’t go away, so we got a diagnosis. You never forget the moment they say the word, “cancer.” In Camden’s case, they called it, “osteosarcoma.” They said it was the most common type of bone cancer among kids and young adults. They also said part of Camden’s leg would need to be amputated. Then, we...

My son, Camden, was born an athlete. You name it—basketball, football, skiing, golf, tennis...

Then, one day, he started having this recurring pain in his knee. We assumed it was some sort of injury or an issue with a ligament or muscle. But the pain didn’t go away, so we got a diagnosis.

You never forget the moment they say the word, “cancer.”

In Camden’s case, they called it, “osteosarcoma.” They said it was the most common type of bone cancer among kids and young adults. They also said part of Camden’s leg would need to be amputated.

Then, we went to Dana-Farber.

The team quickly came up with a plan that involved chemotherapy and something called “rotationplasty.” Essentially, a procedure that preserved the cancer-free part of his lower leg and foot—and converted his ankle into a knee joint. Science is truly miraculous.

Just 18 months after the initial diagnosis, Camden was cancer-free—and he was back on the high school football team—playing quarterback. On the first play of his first game, Camden dropped way back and threw a 40-yard Hail Mary pass. Touchdown. Metaphor? Perhaps.

As an athlete, Camden has always understood the power of a strong team. A truth that was never made more clear than when he watched his Dana-Farber team in action. They are truly world champions. And for that, our family will always be grateful.

— Chris Bailey, father of Camden Bailey

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1 in 1 in 3 women and 1 in 2 men will develop cancer in their lifetime. It has never been more important to Defy Cancer.
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Resilient-John

John Cain has defied cancer—twice. For much of his life, John’s chief focus was always work. When he began experiencing crippling pain, his computer software services company remained the top priority, even as the pain was getting worse. After almost a year, John finally went to see his doctor, who diagnosed stage III colorectal cancer. “It was a shock. I was numb. Everything just runs through your mind: your wife, your family, your children, your life,” he says. John’s doctor recommended immediate surgery, but after seeking a second opinion at Dana-Farber, he opted for radiation first to shrink the tumor,...

John Cain has defied cancer—twice.

For much of his life, John’s chief focus was always work. When he began experiencing crippling pain, his computer software services company remained the top priority, even as the pain was getting worse.

After almost a year, John finally went to see his doctor, who diagnosed stage III colorectal cancer.

“It was a shock. I was numb. Everything just runs through your mind: your wife, your family, your children, your life,” he says.

John’s doctor recommended immediate surgery, but after seeking a second opinion at Dana-Farber, he opted for radiation first to shrink the tumor, and then surgery.

After his successful treatment at Dana-Farber, John thought that phase of his life was behind him.

And then cancer struck again: this time, stage IV lymphoma. No one knew the cause, but he and his Dana-Farber team were determined to beat this cancer, too. “I was scheduled to have an eight-week course of chemotherapy, but in five weeks the cancer was gone,” says Cain.

Cancer times two has caused him to refocus his life goals on what matters most—spending time with his wife, Kathleen, their adult children and grandchildren, and growing the impact of his technology education program in his home city of Quincy, Mass., by spending more time teaching technology to young people and senior citizens.

“I am grateful to Dana-Farber,” he says. “And now, if I can do something for someone every day, that’s what I’m going to do.”

We invite you to join us. At this historic inflection point, there is no time to waste. We ask for your support. We know that, together, we can accelerate success in the world-changing endeavor to prevent, treat, and Defy Cancer.

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