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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.

  • Upcoming Events

    Cabin Fever
    Wednesday, February 27, 2019

    Cure cabin fever with the Friends at CAPO in south Boston. Enjoy delicious food, specialty cocktails, music, dancing, games, and fun with all your Friends. Purchase tickets, sponsorships, or learn more about the event.

    Dinner with Friends
    Saturday, June 1, 2019

    Join the Friends for a one-night-only culinary experience created by Host Chef Jeremy Sewall and his celebrity chef friends. The evening is an opportunity for you to interact with top chefs, observe them as they collaborate in the kitchen, and enjoy a delicious dinner and treats – all while raising funds for innovative research and patient care at Dana-Farber. Learn more about how to join us as a sponsor.

    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 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

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