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  • Rebecca Strock Latimore, known as Becca to her friends, wanted to volunteer for a cause that mattered. It was the Friends' good fortune that her close friend Ellie Loughlin, a Board member, invited her to get involved by helping organize the first Great Chefs Cooking for the Cure event. With her enthusiasm and ability to accept responsibility, Becca joined the Board and chaired this event for two years. She has also served as assistant treasurer and treasurer.

    Born and raised in Wellesley, Mass., Becca graduated from Dartmouth College and received a master's of Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. Her concentration was in Non-Profit Organization, and she readily combined her expertise in this field with her volunteerism for the benefit of Dana-Farber. Her employment history includes designing mentoring programs for at-risk youth in the Los Angeles Unified School District as well as volunteering in a community outreach program at Boston Medical Center called Reach Out and Read.

    Becca married Dan, an internet strategy consultant for IBM, on Martha's Vineyard in 1994. They have two charming and constantly on-the-go daughters, Madeline and Claire. To relax, Becca enjoys reading, cooking, and traveling.

    She said, "I am constantly amazed at the reach and scope of the Friends, and how much influence a volunteer board can have. It is exciting to watch the advances in fighting and treating this disease and know that in a small way I have contributed. The truth of this was brought home in 2005, when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. Thanks to early detection and the wonderful care of the Farber's doctors and nurses, I made it through the ordeal with a good prognosis and hope for the future. I'd like to think I got extra special treatment because of my connection to the Friends, but I know everyone who walks through those doors gets the same quality care."

    Becca is looking forward to returning to the Board and redoubling her efforts to help support the institution that took such good care of her.