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The Jimmy Fund
by Saul Wisnia
2002, Arcadia Publishing
From the back cover:
The Jimmy Fund of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute documents the history of "New England's favorite charity" from the 1940s and 1950s, when celebrities such as Bob Hope and Jimmy Durante drummed up support for institute founder Dr. Sidney Farber, to the fund's ongoing relationship with the Boston Red Sox and such baseball stars as Ted Williams. Readers will discover how these efforts - and the generations of New Englanders plunking coins into movie canisters or biking, golfing, skiing, and walking for the cause - have helped raise more than $200 million and save countless lives. The Jimmy Fund of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute captures each step of this remarkable journey, including the uplifting 1998 return of Einar "Jimmy" Gustafson to Dana-Farber after 50 years of anonymity and presumed death.
Author Saul Wisnia has experienced the magic of the Jimmy Fund from both sides. As a Little Leaguer in Newton, Massachusetts, he went door-to-door for the charity, and he later covered Jimmy's momentous return for Sports Illustrated. Having written and contributed to numerous books on baseball and other sports, he is now a publications editor-writer at Dana-Farber. Wisnia is contributing a portion of his author royalties from this book to the Jimmy Fund of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
On the cover: Always Time for Kids, c. the 1950s. Whether or not the youngster posing here with Jimmy Fund All-Star Ted Williams at Fenway Park was a Jimmy Fund Clinic patient is unknown, but one thing is certain - he was the envy of all his friends. (Brearley collection.)
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