August 24th, 2012
The WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon on August 21 and 22 raised more than $3.3 million to support adult and pediatric care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.
The event, in its 11th year, has raised more than $31 million total since its inception in 2002, with this year’s contributions coming in from all 50 states and around the world to help in the fight against cancer.
Suzanne Fountain, Director of The Jimmy Fund, weighs in: “We are so grateful for the generous support we’ve received again this year from the community. All of the money contributed during the past two days will be critical in the fight against cancer and we are humbled by this outpouring of kindness. We are incredibly grateful to WEEI and NESN and the Boston Red Sox for standing with us each year and for sharing this event with so many of their listeners, viewers and fans in New England and across the country.”
The 36-hour Radio-Telethon, broadcast on WEEI 93.7 FM/850 AM Sports Radio Network and New England Sports Network (NESN) live from Fenway Park, has become another summer tradition for the Jimmy Fund and the Red Sox.
The event featured compelling interviews with Dana-Farber patients, researchers, doctors and staff and video vignettes. Several Red Sox players made on-air appearances, including Dustin Pedroia, Clay Buchholz, Adrian Gonzalez, and Jimmy Fund Co-Captain Jarrod Saltalamacchia. On Wednesday, the entire Red Sox team dropped in to show their support for the Jimmy Fund and to meet with some patients.
The Red Sox recently named August Jimmy Fund month at Fenway Park, and the team continued to celebrate its 59-year relationship with the Jimmy Fund by holding on-field ceremonies before both games against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Prior to the start of the game on Tuesday, the Red Sox remembered Johnny Pesky, the beloved former Red Sox player and a major Jimmy Fund supporter, who died at age 92 on August 13. Singers Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., of the 5th Dimension, sang the national anthem and a musical tribute to Pesky.
During the pre-game ceremony for Wednesday’s game, the first pitch was thrown out by Janet Schwartz and Melvin Perlmutter, the mother and grandfather of Todd Schwartz, a Jimmy Fund Clinic patient who passed away in 2002 at the age of 19.
“Each year the Radio-Telethon brings us stories of incredible courage and ground-breaking research that continue to show us why the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber are so special and this year was no exception” said Jason Wolfe, Vice President of Programming at WEEI. “These two days were as emotional as any we’ve experienced and we are so proud to have been a part of another huge success that will provide the necessary funds to bring new and better treatments to so many who need it.”
Sean McGrail, NESN President and CEO: “We continue to be inspired by the stories shared during the Radio-Telethon by the patients, families, nurses and doctors who have touched us all in a very special way. The overwhelming donations will provide Dana-Farber Cancer Institute the additional resources necessary to research and develop a cure for so many in need.
A sampling of the major donors to the 2012 WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon include:
Tim Wakefield $10,000
Bud Selig, Commissioner Major League Baseball $59,000
Papa Gino’s Pizzeria and D’Angelo $250,000
Pat Muraca and Nuclea Biotechnologies $100,000
Arbella Insurance $50,000
Sullivan Tire $20,000
And It is not too late to make a gift! Donors can still call 1-877-738-1234 or visit www.jimmyfundradiotelethon.org to support the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.
The Jimmy Fund and its Radio-Telethon history:
The Jimmy Fund founded in 1948 when members of the Boston Braves visited the hospital bedside of a 12-year-old boy with cancer, dubbed “Jimmy” to protect his identity. The visit was broadcast, nationally on radio and people gave generously to help children like him battling the disease. That broadcast, along with player appearances and radio appeals during Braves games, helped build a state-of-the-art hospital for cancer research and patient care.
When the Braves moved to Milwaukee in 1953, owner Lou Perini encouraged the new Red Sox owner Thomas Yawkey to continue the Braves’ work with the Jimmy Fund, as the charity had been named. On April 10, 1953, Yawkey announced that the Red Sox would adopt the Jimmy Fund as its official charity, a tradition that continues today. And since 2002, the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon has raised more than $30 million to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
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.