Community Fundraising Organization
I came to know Patrick Sullivan and his wife Samantha while their son Finn and my son Shane were receiving proton therapy for rhabdomyosarcoma at Mass General. Patrick exhausted every avenue to provide the most effective treatment and palliative care for Finn, never betraying an ounce of self-pity.
Recognizing that Finn had a mighty spirit and two equally mighty siblings — his twin brother Baird and older sister Sarah — Patrick and his wife Sam developed and lived by a mantra that captured Finn’s kinetic joy: ‘Run Jump Bounce Dance Sing Love Smile and Ride.’
Taking cues from Finn, the Sullivans derived joy and normalcy from often dire circumstances instead of regarding cancer as a battle with winners and losers. I’ve come to share their view, as the years that we have benefited from having Shane in our lives are indescribable.
Finn died in 2008. Three months later Team Finn was formed. Rallying friends and family for the annual Vancouver-to-Seattle Ride to Conquer Cancer and other events, Team Finn has raised over $1.2 million dollars for pediatric cancer research at the BC Cancer Agency and to help families in need.
The Sullivans and Team Finn are my heroes for their efforts to advance pediatric cancer treatment and for their example of living fully during a very difficult time.
— Bill King
Help us honor the 2014 one hundredNominate Your Cancer Hero
- Andrea Paciello
- Estelle Sugarman
- David E. Fisher, MD, PhD
- Sue de Vries Cancer Foundation
- Lazarex Foundation
- Pamela Manikas Washek
- Tristan’s Gift of Hope Foundation
- Chad Juros
- Bruce A. Chabner, MD
- Lori Grassette
- Gordon B. Zacks
- Melissa Skolny, MSHA, Cynthia Miller; Lauren Jammallo; Jean O’Toole, PT, MPH; and Michelle Specht, MD, Mass General Lymphedema Screening Team
- Rhonda McGrail
- Jay S. Loeffler, MD, FACR, FASTRO
- Julia Hincman-Francavilla, MS, RD, LDN, CSO
- Anne Fallon
- Yi-Bin A. Chen, MD
- Ann Murray Paige
- Comprehensive Grammar School Kids Cancer Club
- Douglas J. Mathisen, MD
- James E. Bradner, MD
- Kathleen Lopez, RN
- Don Francis, RN, BSN
- Kate Murphy
- The Center for Cancer Risk Assessment Genetic Counselors at Mass General
- Cristina R. Ferrone, MD
- Karen J. Krag, MD
- Kim Rock, Michael Jones and Tricia Ferguson – Institution for Savings
- Julian Adams, PhD
- Nancy and Richard Kelleher
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.