For 7-year-old Ethan, Bobby Farnham (pictured here) is a superhero — someone who came out of thin air and made an incredible impact on Ethan and his battle against cancer. Ethan was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in 2011. Since then, he has been plucked from his normal routine and thrown into a world of chemotherapy treatments, medical tests and hospital visits. Then Bobby Farnham, senior assistant captain of the Brown University ice hockey team, came into Ethan’s life.
Ethan and Bobby met through the New England-based nonprofit Team IMPACT, which matches children battling life-threatening illnesses with college athletic teams. Ethan was “drafted” onto the Brown hockey team.
Bobby has led the charge in supporting Ethan. Bobby has taught Ethan that he is not alone in his fight against leukemia. Whenever Ethan is overwhelmed by his situation, Bobby is there to console him.
In the words of Ethan’s dad, “There is not a day goes by when he doesn’t ask for Bobby and the guys on the team. This has been incredible not only for him but for the entire family. It is the best therapy imaginable.”
Help us honor the 2014 one hundredNominate Your Cancer Hero
- Melissa Skolny, MSHA, Cynthia Miller; Lauren Jammallo; Jean O’Toole, PT, MPH; and Michelle Specht, MD, Mass General Lymphedema Screening Team
- Estelle Sugarman
- Donna Karan and the Urban Zen Foundation
- Don Francis, RN, BSN
- Douglas J. Mathisen, MD
- Lisa Gatti Whelan, RN, BSN
- Breast Intentions, Massachusetts Chapter
- Friends of Jaclyn
- Lori Grassette
- Edwin K. Lamport
- Ellen Sigal, PhD
- Julia Hincman-Francavilla, MS, RD, LDN, CSO
- Kathy Giusti
- Kathleen A. Stakes, RN, MS, CPON
- Anne Fallon
- Sailing Heals
- Pamela Manikas Washek
- Philip Gosnell
- Richard L. Deming, MD
- Yi-Bin A. Chen, MD
- Kathy Quinn, RN, BSN, OCN
- Yovanny Fana
- Steve Beauville
- Gordon B. Zacks
- Comprehensive Grammar School Kids Cancer Club
- Ray Gobbi and Robert Kilroy
- Arul M. Chinnaiyan, MD, PhD
- Stephanie Quinn, MSW, LICSW
- Kate Murphy
- Jeff Warren
Mass General honors 100 individuals and groups for their diverse contributions to the fight against cancer.
There is strength in numbers and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center proves this each year. the one hundred is the Cancer Center’s annual fundraiser, honoring 100 individuals and groups whose diligence and discoveries, philanthropy and passion have helped advance the fight against cancer. Funds raised at the gala support research, patient care, education and community outreach programs. Meet the Honorees.