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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Ambulatory & Primary Health Care, Cancer, Cancer Research, Health

Mission: The mission of dana-farber cancer institute is to provide expert, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer and related diseases. As an affiliate of harvard medical school and a comprehensive cancer center designated by the national cancer institute, the institute also provides training for new generations of physicians and scientists, designs programs that promote public health particularly among high-risk and underserved populations, and disseminates innovative patient therapies and scientific discoveries to our target community across the united states and throughout the world.

Programs: Provided specialized, compassionate care to children and adults with cancer while advancing the understanding, diagnosis, treatment, cure, and prevention of cancer and related diseases.

research at dfci is staking out new territory in the fight against cancer, from advancing the understanding of the genetic makeup of cancer cells to developing novel therapies to diagnose, treat, and prevent the disease.

through dfci's community benefits programs, dfci works in collaboration with community organizations to promote greater public health. See the community benefits report general explanation included in schedule h.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Meaningful Miles for My Mom
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I'm running for my mother's life.

My mom has been battling late-stage lung cancer for the past year, which we recently learned has spread.
She's not giving up hope though, and neither am I, which is why I'm running the 2016 Boston Marathon with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in her honor.

I've already kicked in $100 myself toward my $8,000 fundraising goal. Every penny goes directly to cancer research at the Claudia Barr Program, which has already isolated a mutation in certain lung cancer tumors to help target treatment, and developed new drugs with less side effects than traditional chemotherapy.

Organizations like Dana-Farber have made this incredibly difficult year for my family - and countless other families - much easier to bear. They work tirelessly to provide the treatments that give us hope and more birthdays with our loved ones, and the resources to understand what it is we're dealing with.

And running has also been a great outlet for me to work through my fear and frustration. I want to make every one of my steps count toward helping other families who are going through the same ordeal, as well as to fund research to find cures.

Let's kick asphalt.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

My sister has stage 4 lung cancer and as a result brain tumors. Beth Israel gave up on her and suggested hospice care. Dr. Johnson at Dana-Farber din't give up on her and she is still with us thanks to Dana-Farber and Dr. Johnson.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I would NEVER donate a tingle cent to an organization who's CEO obtains a $600,000 interest free loan for the purchase of the house in Boston. Cancer is a mega-billion dolor business and someone gets reach by manipulating and playing on the guilt of the public. You are collecting one dollar at a time in supermarkets from old ladies and single woman with children - Shame On You!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Are you kidding me! The CEO of a charity makes almost 1 million dollars yearly! How about putting at least half that into research?

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 3

I too am reluctant to contribute to a charity, however worthwhile, which pays its two top executives over $800, 000 a year each.

George Snider

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

why the heck would i give money to a charity that pays its top two staff 2 miilion per year?? why doesn't charity navigator highlight this grosssness whith a lower rating???

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