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Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute


  • Founded in 1976, the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have raised more than $34 million to fund powerful cancer research and patient care programs at Dana-Farber. We believe that philanthropy in the present makes future breakthroughs, cutting-edge treatment, and improved quality of care possible. We exemplify the Power of Friends through our dual mission: raising funds to support research, patient services, women’s cancer programs, and oncology fellowships and providing services that enhance Dana-Farber’s healing environment, including gift bags for patients undergoing treatment, administration of our world-class art collection, non-denominational spiritual health programs, and programs to brighten the holidays for patients and families.

    To join the Friends, an all-volunteer community of more than 1,200 vibrant members, or get involved in an upcoming event, please contact us.

  • Recent Events

    Glitz and Gritz
    June 13, 2018

    Our favorite rhinestone cowboys and cowgirls showed up at Loretta's Last Call to eat, drink, dance, and raise more than $24,000 for the Friends of Dana-Farber. Thanks to partners and sponsors, 101.7 The Bull, Alexandra Slote Interiors, Boston magazine, Suzanne Chapman, Rudd Design Co. & Qlik – and to everyone who supported the event so generously. Enjoy the photos by Todd Mazer, which prove everyone had a fabulously fun evening.

    Dinner with Friends
    April 28, 2018

    More than 200 guests enjoyed a one-night-only dining experience, courtesy of Host Chef Jeremy Sewall and his celebrity chef friends. The event, which raised more than $470,000 for the Friends, celebrated friendship, food, and philanthropy. Photos courtesy of Natasha Moustache Photography.

    Dancing for a Cure
    February, 10, 2018

    Six hundred dancers raised more than $27,000 for breast and ovarian cancer research at Dana-Farber at the eighth annual Dancing for a Cure fundraiser, held February 10 in Mashpee, MA. The fundraiser, which features a 5K dance marathon, was created by Susan Mendoza Friedman of the Friends of Dana-Farber in honor of her friend who was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer at 51. Dancing for a Cure has raised more than $400,000 for women’s cancers research at Dana-Farber over the last 11 years. Visit www.dancingforacure.net for more information.

    Saks "Key to the Cure" 2017 Style Your Story
    October 5, 2017

    The Friends of Dana-Farber, the Jimmy Fund, and Saks Fifth Avenue kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Saks Key to the Cure with “Style Your Story,” a fashion-fueled fundraiser to benefit the Friends and Dana-Farber. Guests enjoyed cocktails from Privateer Rum, wines by Chloe, light bites from Eataly, Oath Craft Pizza, and other area eateries, as well as a runway show featuring local style influencers.

    For more information on Friends’ events, please call 617-632-3021 or email friends@dfci.harvard.edu.

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