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Franklin Residents Running for Cancer Research

Running in Boston Marathon® to Raise Money for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

 On October 11th, Aaron Jeskey, Kim Luccini and Stephen Rondeau are running to conquer cancer as a member of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team in the 125th  Boston Marathon®.  The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team will run in-person this year and will also field a virtual team, due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Along with more than 300 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge teammates from across the United States and around the world, they will run Massachusetts’ historic marathon route from Hopkinton to Boston to collectively raise $5 million for cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

This year marks the 32nd annual running of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge (DFMC). One hundred percent of the money raised by the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team benefits Dana-Farber’s Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research, which supports promising science research in its earliest stages. The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge has raised more than $100 million for the Barr Program to date.

In 1990, Dana-Farber was among the first charity organizations to be recognized by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A), which organizes the Boston Marathon. The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team offers its members extensive fundraising support, training guidance from 1976 Boston Marathon Men’s Open Division Champion Jack Fultz, and team training runs. Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge runners who are not time-qualified for the Boston Marathon receive an invitational entry into the race.

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge runners include cancer survivors and patients, and family and friends of those who have been affected by cancer.  Each team member must fulfill a basic fundraising commitment:

Invitational runners - runners who receive their entry from Dana-Farber have a fundraising commitment of $7,500.

Own entry runners ¬- runners who have joined the DFMC after obtaining their own race entry have a fundraising commitment of $4,000.

Virtual runners - runners participating in the Virtual Boston Marathon have a fundraising commitment of $4,000.

To contribute to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge, visit RunDFMC.org or contact the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge office at (617) 632-1970 or [email protected] Follow DFMC on Facebook: www.facebook/marathonchallenge. On Twitter: #RunDFMC.

Dana-Farber’s Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research

Since its inception in 1990, the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge has raised more than $100 million for the Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research. Dana-Farber Trustees J. Wayne and Delores Barr Weaver founded the program in 1987 to honor Mrs. Weaver’s mother, Claudia Adams Barr, who lost her battle with cancer 30 years earlier.