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  • Friends of Dana-Farber

    Friends' Board and Bios

    Susan Mendoza Friedman

    Susan Mendoza Friedman grew up in Roslyn, New York, located on the North Shore of Long Island. She is married to Jerry, who is a psychotherapist with a private practice in Mashpee, Cape Cod. They have two adult sons, Jesse and Matt, who currently reside in Boston.

    Susan earned a bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Wheelock College in 1975, and received dance training in both New York and Boston. Susan then moved to the Cape and has resided in Cotuit since 1978. She taught preschool through the second grade at Barnstable Public Schools for 10 years before devoting all of her time to her passion: dance.

    For 30 years, Susan owned and operated Dance Designs,Inc. Cape Cod’s largest dance studio, until 2012. Susan continues to teach all styles of dance at Dance Designs and travels throughout the cape.

    Dancing for a Cure (DFAC) was founded in 2006 for Susan’s best friend Karen Schek, who was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer. DFAC has been a Special Fund of the Friends of Dana-Farber since 2009. All funds raised are allocated for research of ovarian and breast cancer researcher at the Institute. The partnership with Friends of Dana-Farber has helped to solidify the DFAC reputation on the Cape as one of the most important annual fundraisers. Each December DFAC holds its annual event of dance, song, and inspirational stories. They also raise funds throughout the year with a variety of local fundraisers including an old fashioned Dance Marathon. They also support women in treatment on Cape Cod with Hospitality Days.

    Some of Susan's other interests include outdoor sports and fitness activities, boating, gardening, floral design, photography, and the New England Patriots.

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