My relationship with Dana-Farber began some 30+ years ago as a result of the combination of a general interest in medical research, the involvement of a close friend on the Board, and my family’s friendship with Dr. Robert Mayer. The relationship deepened when, shortly after I became involved, my mother was treated at the Institute, coincidentally by Dr. Mayer.
My respect for and admiration of Dana-Farber has not wavered. I have had the opportunity to get to know the workings of the Institute intimately from several perspectives, including many years as Chair of the Finance Committee and, more recently, as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees. The combination of unsurpassed research and compassionate clinical care, factors which attracted me in the first instance, have only become more outstanding over the years.
I am acutely aware of the financial needs confronting the Institute as well as the current opportunities to make inroads against its mission of finding cures for cancers. I know the necessity of periodic capital campaigns to enable Dana-Farber to capitalize on the unbelievable collection of talent which it has on staff. I continue to believe there is no organization more worthy of my time and support.