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"Because a child needs more than courage to beat cancer."

For more than 50 years, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund have been working to find a cure for cancer. Much has been accomplished since the Institute's founder, Sidney Farber, M.D., achieved the first remission in childhood leukemia in the mid-1940's following research conducted in his basement laboratory at Children's Hospital.

The Jimmy Fund started with a nationwide radio appeal on behalf of a 12-year-old cancer patient who was called "Jimmy" to preserve his anonymity. Today "Jimmy" represents any little girl or boy who has been stricken with cancer. Now, Jimmy could be described as one of New England's most prominent citizens; widespread support of the Jimmy Fund has built and sustains one of the most respected medical research and patient care facilities in the world — Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Dana-Farber's mission is to provide expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of cancer and related diseases. A founding member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, the Institute also trains and educates future cancer specialists, designs programs that promote public health, and disseminates innovative patient therapies and scientific discoveries across the U.S. and throughout the world.

The ultimate goal of Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund is the eradication of cancer and related diseases, and the fear that they engender.

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