Skip Navigation

Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

  • Friends' at an event
  • Founded in 1976, the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have raised more than $33 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.

  • Upcoming Events

    Saks "Key to the Cure" 2016 Style Your Story
    October 5, 2017

    The Friends of Dana-Farber, the Jimmy Fund, and Saks Fifth Avenue will kick 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 will enjoy 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.

    Dinner with Friends
    April 28, 2018

    Dinner with Friends celebrates friendship, food, and philanthropy. Guests will delight in food, cocktails, and celebrity chef demonstrations from our host, Chef Jeremy Sewall and his celebrity chef friends.

    Recent Events

    Dancing for a Cure
    February 4, 2017

    More than 500 dancers raised $24,000 for breast and ovarian cancer research at Dana-Farber at the seventh annual Dancing for a Cure fundraiser, held February 4, 2017, 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 Karen Schek, who was diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer at 51. Visit for more information.

    Fashion Gives Back
    October 6, 2016

    Attendees joined Jenny Johnson, two-time Emmy Award winner and co-host of NESN Dining Playbook, at South Shore Plaza on October 6, 2016, for Fashion Gives Back, a runway show and party benefiting the Friends. Guests enjoyed complimentary cocktails and culinary delights, and viewed the hottest fall fashions from Nordstrom and other premier brands, while supporting cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber.

    RISE: An Evening to Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Friends and the Power of Leadership
    May 20, 2016

    The Friends celebrated 40 years and honored Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh for his leadership at RISE, the organization’s annual gala. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker also joined the Friends in recognizing Dana-Farber President and CEO Edward J. Benz Jr., MD, for his 16 years at the helm of Dana-Farber. The event raised more than $420,000 for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber.

    For more information on Friends’ events, please call 617-632-3021 or email

    Follow the Friends of Dana-Farber on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.