The Mike McNeil Organization
In March 2009, Mike McNeil died at age 27 after a courageous, 17-year battle with a rare cancer. Mike’s friends, fraternity brothers and family established the Mike McNeil Organization, which hosts fundraising events in his name.
“Mike lived life to its fullest,” writes Kelly Bryant, his cousin. “Mike made many friends during his short life who have become part of our family. We’re keeping Mike’s spirit alive.”
True to Mike, the events bring people together for a good time. They include a Crawl for a Cure through pubs in Lowell, Mass., Mike’s hometown, and a Fall Classic murder mystery dinner. Many local companies are sponsors and donors.
In 2009, the nonprofit donated $7,500 to the Mass General Cancer Center, where Mike was treated by its director, Daniel Haber, MD, PhD. Events in 2010 raised $10,000 for the Haber Lab; the Angels Above Fund, which eases the lives of children with cancer; and Moore Mart, which sends care packages to overseas troops.
In his blog, Mike advised friends, “Love every moment you have on earth and don’t take it for granted.”
Help us honor the 2014 one hundredNominate Your Cancer Hero
- David E. Fisher, MD, PhD
- Kevin S. Oh, MD
- Ann H. Partridge, MD, MPH
- Betty J. Borry Breast Cancer Retreats
- Don Francis, RN, BSN
- Yovanny Fana
- Yi-Bin A. Chen, MD
- Kathleen A. Stakes, RN, MS, CPON
- Sue de Vries Cancer Foundation
- Rhonda McGrail
- Farrah Fawcett and the Farrah Fawcett Foundation
- Julian Adams, PhD
- Estelle Sugarman
- Pennies from Heaven
- Comprehensive Grammar School Kids Cancer Club
- Mary F. Fay, RN, BSN, OCN
- Steve Beauville
- Lori Wirth
- Kailie Laflamme, LICSW
- Tyler Jacks, PhD
- Tina Capodilupo Journeay
- Shiv Pillai, MD, PhD
- Bruce A. Chabner, MD
- Barry Lipsett & Charles River Apparel
- Moireen and Aaron Ruotsala
- Jay S. Loeffler, MD, FACR, FASTRO
- Robert Howe
- Chad Juros
- Dorothy Binford
- Evangelos S. Gragoudas, MD
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.