• Friends of Dana-Farber

    Friends' Board and Bios

    Cheryl Eckel

    Cheryl Eckel was born and raised in Connecticut. In l980, she moved to Woodland Hills, Calif., with her husband Robert, and lived there for ten years. Then, they returned to the East Coast to be closer to their families and settled in Andover, Mass. Their four sons range in age from 12 to 25 years. As a stay-at-home mom, Cheryl has always enjoyed volunteering in their classrooms as well as the various sports and organizations in which they were involved.

    As social chairwoman and pool chairwoman at the Indian Ridge Country Club in Andover, Cheryl organized social events, fundraising, etc. and participated in the Lap-A-Thon for the Jimmy Fund, a function held by their club during the month of August. Before becoming a member of the Friends, she shared a small business making crystal jewelry with her eldest son's girlfriend. It was a great experience that combined a lot of fun with the opportunity to learn about the business world.

    Cheryl's neighbor and very good friend Lauren Frei interested her in getting involved in the Friends by inviting her to participate in packaging and delivering patient gift bags. She became an active and contributing member and is presently the vice-president of membership, striving to bring in many new members to the Friends organization. She was proud to co-chair the very successful 30th Anniversary Gala in 2006, honoring Dr. Emil Frei III. Her many activities include working on the Holiday Decorations, Holiday Hospitality, Saks and the Patient Gift Bags Committees.

    Cheryl said, "I have enjoyed all the various committees, but I have to say that delivering the patient bags has been especially gratifying. It's the most wonderful feeling you can have when you know that you have contributed in making someone so sick feel better, even if it's only a smile. They are so grateful and happy to know that others are thinking about them. I am very proud to be a member of the Friends' Board. Each and every one of us are here for the same mission - to help raise funds to find a cure for cancer and to reach out to the patients and families."

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