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Joanna Ross Gale, a Boston native, grew up in Needham, Mass., and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Management from Tulane University and a Masters in Business Administration from F.W. Olin Graduate School at Babson College.
She has held a variety of positions in marketing and built a career as a brand marketing professional working for Kellogg's, Pfizer, Revlon, and Lego. While building her marketing skills, she saw directly, from a corporate view, the importance of charity and giving.
Joanna is currently Director of Global Marketing for Vehicles at Hasbro Inc., an organization that values supporting children and fundraising. She appreciates being able to participate in a wide variety of charitable events and causes in the organization.
Joanna's first association with Dana-Farber was in 1994. She was planning to go to business school when her grandfather was diagnosed with lung cancer. She decided to donate all of her time to something that really mattered: helping to raise money for cancer.
Devoting herself full-time to the Jimmy Fund, she assisted in planning the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk, specifically the Pacesetter initiatives. Joanna spent about eight months with the organization before going to business school. She has said it was an experience she will never forget.
Tragically, Joanna's only brother, Adam B. Ross, passed away in the fall of 2010 from lung cancer at age 38. They were extremely close; charity and children were also important to Adam, as giving to others less fortunate was a message that was very strong in their home growing up. During his life, he donated time to young people, whether through reading to underprivileged children or teaching kids to ski in Aspen.
"Never did I think that this horrible disease would hit my family like this. Adam and I both worked in 2010 to raise money for the Friends' Golf Classic. My baby brother lost his battle on September 6, 2010. I will forever give as much time as possible to raise money for cancer and honor my brother's love for life. Being a member of the Friends allows me to do just this. His doctors and nurses at Dana-Farber were the most personable, kind and diligent in the world. For my brother Adam, my grandfather Joseph Summers, and all of my family's friends who have been impacted by this disease, I feel that it is the least I can do and something that has become a part of me... to conquer this disease."
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