Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund return to support the event’s charity runner program for the 51st running
FALMOUTH, Mass. – As the ASICS Falmouth Road Race on Aug. 20 draws near, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund has partnered with the event again to present the Numbers for Nonprofits Program (NFNP). This collaboration powers the fundraising efforts of more than 3500 runners who choose to make their miles count by joining a charity team. Though regular registration has closed for the celebrated 7-mile road race, bibs are still available through the more than 200 Massachusetts-based charities that participate in the program. Those interested can explore the full list of participating organizations and see which teams still have spots available.
“Authentic, local community partnerships are what make this race so unique. Even as we went from a small-town race in 1973 to the world-renowned sporting event we are today, we knew that maintaining that ‘small-town feel’ – and keeping our focus on Massachusetts charities – was vital to our event’s culture and legacy,” said Scott Ghelfi, president of the Falmouth Road Race board of directors. “Our partnership with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund is a legacy we want to foster for years to come. They allow our runners to bring meaning to their miles and generously shine a light on the hundreds of nonprofit organizations that take part in our program.”
“We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to support the Jimmy Fund, as well as the missions of more than 200 other local nonprofits, through the Falmouth Road Race,” said Jan Ross, assistant vice president of Running Programs for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. “For more than two decades, we’ve been proud to be a part of this extraordinary community event that makes a difference in the fight against cancer and in so many other charities’ causes.”
Charitable giving has been a part of the ASICS Falmouth Road Race from its inception when money was raised for the Falmouth High School girl’s track team at the inaugural running in 1973. The Numbers For Nonprofits program was launched formally in 2000. Every year, in addition to the money raised by runners, the race makes direct donations to local nonprofits, scholarships, community organizations and sports teams. The race has helped charity partners raise over $56.5 million to date.
The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund has hosted a team of runners for the vast majority of the program’s history and are considered Legacy Partners. Each year, the organization has recruited an average of 300 charity runners for their team. Dana-Farber’s Falmouth Road Race team has raised more than $9.5 million since 2003, helping the Institute’s physicians and scientists get closer to what the organization describes as the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer.
Organizations seeking to be a part of the Numbers for Nonprofits program must be a Massachusetts-based 501(c)3 organization and must submit an application to be considered. The application window is open from Aug. 31 – Oct. 31 each year.
For more information about running for one of our charity teams, visit https://falmouthroadrace.com/charity-program/run-for-a-charity-team/.
ABOUT THE ASICS FALMOUTH ROAD RACE, INC.
The Falmouth Road Race was established in 1973 and has become one of the premier running events of the summer season. Each year the race draws an international field of Olympians, elite athletes, and recreational runners to enjoy the iconic 7-mile seaside course. The nonprofit Falmouth Road Race organization is committed to promoting health and fitness through community programs and philanthropic giving.
ABOUT DANA-FARBER CANCER INSTITUTE
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is one of the world’s leading centers of cancer research and treatment. Dana-Farber’s mission is to reduce the burden of cancer through scientific inquiry, clinical care, education, community engagement, and advocacy. Dana-Farber is a federally designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. We provide the latest treatments in cancer for adults through Dana-Farber Brigham Cancer Center and for children through Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center. Dana-Farber is the only hospital nationwide with a top 5 U.S. News & World Report Best Cancer Hospital ranking in both adult and pediatric care. As a global leader in oncology, Dana-Farber is dedicated to a unique and equal balance between cancer research and care, translating the results of discovery into new treatments for patients locally and around the world, offering more than 1,100 clinical trials.
ABOUT THE JIMMY FUND
The Jimmy Fund, established in Boston in 1948, is comprised of community-based fundraising events and other programs that, solely and directly, benefit Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s lifesaving mission to provide compassionate patient care and groundbreaking cancer research for children and adults. The Jimmy Fund is an official charity of the Boston Red Sox, the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Pan-Mass Challenge, and the Variety Children’s Charity of New England. Since 1948, the generosity of millions of people has helped the Jimmy Fund save countless lives and reduce the burden of cancer for patients and families worldwide.