Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Contact Info:
T.K. Skenderian (Marketing & Sponsorship Manager)
Boston Athletic Association
185 Dartmouth Street, 6th Floor
Boston MA 02116

Presenting Sponsor of the B.A.A. Half Marathon

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute provides expert, compassionate care to children and adults and is home to groundbreaking cancer discoveries. The Jimmy Fund solely supports the fight against cancer in children and adults at Dana-Farber. To learn more about the Jimmy Fund, click here.

The B.A.A. partnered with Dana-Farber in 1989 to incorporate fundraising initiatives into B.A.A. programming. Since this unique partnership's origin more than a quarter-century ago, participants in Dana-Farber’s B.A.A.-related events have raised nearly $173 million for Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund.

Dana-Farber was among the first organizations accepted by the B.A.A. into its Boston Marathon Official Charity Program in 1990. The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC) team directs 100 percent of funds raised to the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research at Dana-Farber, which enables leading researchers to achieve increased cure rates and to enhance patients' quality of life.

In 2012, the B.A.A. was the recipient of Dana-Farber's prestigious Sidney Farber Medical Research Award, given to those who have made an exceptional contribution to reduce the burden of cancer on society.

To learn more about running for Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund, visit www.RunDanaFarber.org.

B.A.A. Moment 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.