Boston Athletic Association to Receive the Sidney Farber Medical Research Award

Contact Info:
Marc Davis (Communications Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116
15 OCT 2012
The most prestigious accolade awarded by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

BOSTON –  Dana-Farber Cancer Institute today announced that the 2012 recipient of the Sidney Farber Medical Research  Award is the Boston Athletic Association. Since 1989, the B.A.A. and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have collaborated to incorporate fundraising initiatives into B.A.A. programming. Since the partnership’s origin 24 years ago, and through participants in the B.A.A. Boston Marathon, the B.A.A. Half Marathon, and the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, the Jimmy Fund has raised more than $144 million.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute was among the first organizations accepted by the B.A.A. into its Boston Marathon Official Charity Program in 1990. The Dana-Farber runners annually complement their training regimen for the Boston Marathon with fundraising efforts for the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber, which funds basic research in its earliest stages. Since 2003, the B.A.A. Half Marathon has also served as a platform for fundraising, and combined, the two events combined have raised more than $59 million for adult and pediatric cancer care and research.

“We are thrilled to recognize the Boston Athletic Association with this year’s Sidney Farber Medical Research Award for their partnership and dedication in supporting us in the fight against cancer,” said Suzanne Fountain, director of the Jimmy Fund. “Since 1989, the Boston Athletic Association has helped us raise millions of dollars to help support cancer care and research, and we are grateful to be continuing to work with the B.A.A. to make a difference in so many lives.”

Each September, more than 8,000 walkers participate in the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk, which allows participants to walk the course of the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon to honor friends, family, co-workers, and patients facing all forms of cancer. The Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk is the only event licensed by the B.A.A. to use the Boston Marathon name and the historic, 26.2-mile route from Hopkinton to Boston.

Over the past 24 years, the Walk has raised  more than $85 million to support pediatric and adult cancer research and care at Dana-Farber. Walkers choose from one of four route options designed for everyone from the marathon enthusiast to the youngest walker. There is also a virtual walker option for those who can't make it to the event.

“We gratefully accept the 2012 Sidney Farber Medical Research Award, and our partnership with Dana-Farber is another example of our commitment to the community, said Joann E. Flaminio, president of the Boston Athletic Association. “Philanthropic endeavors and specifically the battle against cancer are taken very seriously at the B.A.A., and we take great pride in the strides we’ve helped Dana-Farber make in furthering cancer research and improving patient care. Partnerships like the one we have with Dana-Farber are critical to the success of our mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle.”

About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute ( is a principal teaching affiliate of the Harvard Medical School and is among the leading cancer research and care centers in the United States. It is a founding member of the Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center (DF/HCC), designated a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute. It provides adult cancer care with Brigham and Women’s Hospital as Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and it provides pediatric care with Children’s Hospital Boston as Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center. Dana-Farber is the top ranked cancer center in New England, according to U.S. News & World Report, and one of the largest recipients among independent hospitals of National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health grant funding. Follow Dana-Farber on Facebook: and on Twitter: @danafarber.

About the Jimmy Fund

The Jimmy Fund ( solely supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. It is an official charity of the Boston Red Sox, as well as the official charity of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, and the Variety Children's Charity of New England. Since 1948, the generosity of millions of people has helped the Jimmy Fund save countless lives and reduce the burden of cancer for patients and families worldwide. Follow the Jimmy Fund on Facebook: and on Twitter: @TheJimmyFund.

B.A.A. Contacts:

T.K. Skenderian (617-778-1632;
Jack Fleming (617-236-1652 ext. 2627;

B.A.A. Moment 3

1966 - Bobbi Gibb

Although not an official entrant, Roberta “Bobbi” Gibb became the first woman to run the Boston Marathon. Joining the starting field shortly after the gun had been fired, Gibb finished the race in 3:21:40 to place 126th overall. Gibb again claimed the “unofficial” title in 1967 and 1968.