It is estimated that one out of every three Americans are affected by cancer. We all have very personal stories from people we care deeply about having been affected by this devastating disease, whether through a family member, a work colleague, or one of our extended family of clients. You may personally be a cancer survivor or battling it today – and are an inspiration to many.
Thanks to leading medical institutions, including several right here in Boston like Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, great progress has been made in prevention, diagnosis and cures. But with over 14.5 million current cases in the U.S and over 1.5 million new cases expected to be diagnosed this year, we are a long way from its eradication.
The Jimmy Fund is dedicated to the fight against cancer at Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Since 1948, The Jimmy Fund has raised millions of dollars through thousands of grassroots efforts to help save lives and give hope to cancer patients everywhere.
While we support many charitable causes, our Company just entered into a partnership with the Jimmy Fund, the first of its kind between the Jimmy Fund and an automotive retailer. Why the Jimmy Fund? From our first meeting, I knew we shared the same core values, including the commitment to excellence, quality care and innovation. With their impact in and beyond New England, this is an opportunity for us to “give back” to our extended families and the communities we serve.
We kicked off this partnership with a $225,000 commitment, and will match individual client and employee donations. We will also contribute several of our billboards to help raise awareness for the Jimmy Fund. In addition, we will participate in various fundraising events in conjunction with other Jimmy Fund partners throughout the year. Within each dealership, we will offer the opportunity to sign up for a Boston Red Sox / Jimmy Fund license plate, which provides funding dollars for patient care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
This cause is important to me, as I am sure it is for many of you. This is an opportunity for us to join together to support our medical community the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in particular.
Thanks for your support,