15th year as presenting sponsor of the B.A.A. Half Marathon
Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund have partnered with the B.A.A. in the Half Marathon since 2003 as the race’s presenting sponsor. Through this relationship, team members have collectively raised more than $5 million to support groundbreaking cancer research, and enabled Dana-Farber scientists and clinicians to positively impact the lives of cancer patients around the world.
Dana-Farber runners often participate in honor or memory of a family member, friend, or colleague who has been touched by cancer. There are also many inspiring teammates who have been diagnosed themselves, and choose to run as a way to take physical action in the fight against cancer. Dana-Farber patients and their families also take part to provide incredible inspiration, and motivate runners to race toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer.
“This is my 12th year running the B.A.A. Half Marathon for Dana-Farber and I come back each year because I believe so strongly in the progress the Institute is making to find a cure. Also, I love doing the B.A.A. races because they are so well organized. The spectators are always great, and the water station volunteers are so encouraging. It is a rewarding course to finish – I recommend this race to everyone!” - Beth Harrington
“We choose to run this particular race because we love the city of Boston. The course captures the spirit of the city, with its proximity to Fenway Park, the Franklin Park Zoo, and the beautiful views surrounding Boston’s Emerald Necklace. The fact that it runs near Dana-Farber makes it even more meaningful. Our team continues to expand with members who have their own personal reasons for participating, and as a result, this experience continues to be more rewarding and meaningful to each of us every year.” - Kristin Fitzgerald
"A close family friend of 30+ years was diagnosed with acute onset leukemia 12 years ago. She has remained in remission since completing her clinical trial and follow-up care. Once she was healthy enough to run in 2005, she asked me to help support her training and we have been a team ever since. The Half course winds through many beautiful neighborhoods in Boston and by the research facilities and hospitals that help heal and support the Dana-Farber patients. I am lucky to participate in an event where the goal is to help others.” - Steve Carlini
“There's something special about wearing the Dana-Farber singlet and having people on the sidewalks share their stories and cheer us on. When we feel we don't want to take another step, we think of who we're helping, and somehow it becomes easier – and fun! The energy at the start of the race carries us through. We’ll be running this race with Dana-Farber as long as we can.” - Deborah Sloan