Cristina Sage Peters, known to her friends as Tina, was named Co-President of the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in 2008. Tina was born in New York, grew up in Wilton, CT., and now lives in Weston with her husband Jeff and their children, Sarah
and Brad. She attended Mount Holyoke College and received her Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from Boston College. Subsequently she worked at Boston's Children's Hospital in Dr. T. Barry Brazelton's Child Function Clinic.
Tina was diagnosed with late-stage Hodgkin's disease her freshman year of high school and began a two-year battle with the disease. "The experience changes your outlook on life. When I graduated from college I knew I wanted to help others in a way I had
been helped during my illness. My goal was to work with pediatric cancer patients." Tina began volunteering on the oncology floor at Children's Hospital and became close to many of the Jimmy Fund patients. Desiring to continue her involvement with
Dana-Farber, she was introduced by her friend Becca Latimore to the Friends of DFCI. "The Friends is such an amazing organization," Tina says. "Their ability to allocate their own funds to research and patient care initiatives is truly a unique aspect
of the organization. I am proud that we are able to make a difference in fighting cancer."
In addition to being Co-President of the Friends, Tina has served the group in many other capacities. She was Vice President of Fund Raising, Co-Chair for the Friends Gala, co-chaired the Cooking for Hope/Great Chefs event three times, and was a member
of the Nominating and the Executive Committees. One of her most meaningful experiences occurred when she chaired the patient bag program for three years. Tina has also been active on several boards in Weston, including Newcomers, WCCA, Weston Juniors,
and the Parent-Teacher Organization. She is an accomplished equestrian and enjoys skiing, travel, photography, and time with her family on Martha's Vineyard.
Recently, Tina has become a follow-up patient in the David B. Perini, Jr. Quality of Life Clinic for Childhood Cancer Survivors and is impressed by the attention she has received. "My doctor is a warm, caring professional and I am lucky to have her overseeing
my care. As both a volunteer and a patient, I am constantly amazed by the world-class treatment Dana-Farber provides."