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Cristina Sage Peters, known to her friends as Tina, was named
Co-President of the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in
2008. Tina was born in New York, grew up in Wilton, CT., and now
lives in Weston with her husband Jeff and their children, Sarah and
Brad. She attended Mount Holyoke College and received her Masters
Degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. Subsequently
she worked at Boston's Children's Hospital in Dr. T. Barry
Brazelton's Child Function Clinic.
Tina was diagnosed with late-stage Hodgkin's disease her
freshman year of high school and began a two-year battle with the
disease. "The experience changes your outlook on life. When I
graduated from college I knew I wanted to help others in a way I
had been helped during my illness. My goal was to work with
pediatric cancer patients." Tina began volunteering on the oncology
floor at Children's Hospital and became close to many of the Jimmy
Fund patients. Desiring to continue her involvement with
Dana-Farber, she was introduced by her friend Becca Latimore to the
Friends of DFCI. "The Friends is such an amazing organization,"
Tina says. "Their ability to allocate their own funds to research
and patient care initiatives is truly a unique aspect of the
organization. I am proud that we are able to make a difference in
In addition to being Co-President of the Friends, Tina has
served the group in many other capacities. She was Vice President
of Fund Raising, Co-Chair for the Friends Gala, co-chaired the
Cooking for Hope/Great Chefs event three times, and was a member of
the Nominating and the Executive Committees. One of her most
meaningful experiences occurred when she chaired the patient bag
program for three years. Tina has also been active on several
boards in Weston, including Newcomers, WCCA, Weston Juniors, and
the Parent-Teacher Organization. She is an accomplished equestrian
and enjoys skiing, travel, photography, and time with her family on
Recently, Tina has become a follow-up patient in the David B.
Perini, Jr. Quality of Life Clinic for Childhood Cancer Survivors
and is impressed by the attention she has received. "My doctor is a
warm, caring professional and I am lucky to have her overseeing my
care. As both a volunteer and a patient, I am constantly amazed by
the world-class treatment Dana-Farber provides."
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