Mut and Joe close out day 2 of our radio telethon, they talk with Jimmy Fund Chairman and Red Sox President/CEO Emeritus Larry Lucchino about what the Jimmy Fund and the Radio Telethon mean to him. They then close out the night with the lady of the hour, Lisa Scherber, who means as much to the Jimmy Fund as the program to the patients is cares for.
Christopher Buchanan is Director of Public Affairs and State and Local Government Relations currently responsible for state and local government and community relations for the states of Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut on behalf of Walmart and SAM'S CLUBS. In addition, Chris manages media relations and is Chairman of the company's Foundation Philanthropic State Giving Councils.
Buchanan holds a Master's degree in Public Administration from the American University and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Providence College. Born and raised in Boston, Chris currently resides in Plymouth.
Liam was diagnosed in July 2015 with a condition called hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HE-MO-FA-GO-SY-TICK LIM-FO-HIS-TE-O-SY-TOH-SIS), a life-threatening immunodeficiency which landed him in the hospital. Testing at that time revealed he also had hepatosplenic T-cell lymphoma. Liam began treatment at Dana-Farber right away. Liam’s treatment has included chemotherapy and radiation. He also had a bone marrow transplant and is now in remission. Liam attends Fairfield University, but is transferring to UMass Lowell to be closer to home. He has a sister, Elizabeth, 26, and a brother, Connor 25. Liam loves sports, especially Boston teams. He is a big Sox, Patriots, Bruins, and Celtics fan. He enjoys playing lacrosse, basketball and soccer.
Joey had a week of very high fevers last August, and by the end of the week, he had stopped walking on his left leg. After several trips to his pediatrician and the ER, the family went to Boston Children's Hospital.
That night Joey had X-rays, labs drawn, and an IV installed. He had an MRI the next day to look at his left leg, the one he had stopped walking on, to see if there may be a bone infection in his hip. It was then the doctors saw his tumor. His tumor originated in his stomach but had extended to the iliac nerve and spread to his spine. Joey began treatment right away at Dana-Farber. His treatment has included 6 rounds of intense chemotherapy, tumor resection surgery, 2 stem cell transplants, 20 straight days of radiation, 6 rounds of antibody therapy, central line placements, numerous MIBG sans, MRIs, CTs, and tumor biopsies.
While his family is originally from Maine, the decision for Joey to receive treatment start to finish at Dana-Farber was one of the easiest decisions they had to make. They have relocated to Dover, MA. His hobbies include baseball and karate and he has a sister, Autumn, 6. As of July 2016, Joey has demonstrated NED (no evidence of disease)!
Lynne was first diagnosed in 1986 after she found a lump. She had it removed and then was diagnosed with rhabdomyosarcoma. a rare, soft tissue sarcoma. She underwent chemotherapy and radiation and then was in remission. In 1988, she relapsed and underwent chemotherapy again. She was a teenager during both diagnoses, so this was a very difficult time for Lynne. Lynne went on to graduate from Clark University and she works in oncology drug development at local pharmaceutical company.
Looking back, Lynne is just thankful for being able to be treated at Dana-Farber. Being in cancer research and development professionally as an adult, she is now acutely aware that the treatment she received at Dana Farber was the best available at that time.
Her family includes her husband Seth and her daughter, Hannah, 6.
Dr. Diller can speak about the advances Dana-Farber has made in pediatric cancer survivorship over the past 20 years. More than ever, people are surviving cancer, and this presents a unique set of challenges as they deal with the physical, emotional and psychological after-effects of the disease.
She can speak about what Dana-Farber is working on now for current and future cancer survivors. She is also the director of the Perini Family Survivors Center and the David B. Perini, Jr. Quality of Life Clinic for Cancer Survivors at Dana-Farber.
Queen had not been feeling well – she felt achy and tired all the time – and was ultimately diagnosed with AML by her primary care doctor in November 2014. She is participating in a clinical trial at Dana-Farber. She enjoys cooking, spending time with family and attending church. She is the mother of 8 children, 9 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren and 1 great-great grandchild. She loves Dr. Stone and Dana-Farber, they all feel like her family and make her feel so welcome all the time.
Dr. Stone leads the Adult Leukemia Program at Dana-Farber. He can speak to the importance of precision medicine and a very hot topic in the medical world right now: immunotherapy. Dr. Stone grew up in Swampscott and has been a life-long Red Sox fan. His favorite player was Tony Conigliaro who was also from the north shore.
Dr. Stone is the Chief of Staff at Dana-Farber. In this role he leads all clinical divisions and staff. He can speak about how far we have come in the past decade in treating leukemia and how we are making new strides in treating this disease.
Carlie was diagnosed in October 2015. After seeing her doctor upon initial concerns, a CT-scan revealed a tumor, and Carlie was sent to ER for an MRI and biopsy. She was then diagnosed with Ewing sarcoma, a form of bone cancer. Carlie's treatment has included surgery and chemotherapy. She completed treatment in spring 2016. Carlie's family chose Dana-Farber for treatment as they believe it is the top-rated children's cancer center, and they are very grateful to live close-by. Carlie's grandmother, Jane, was also treated as an adult at Dana-Farber for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), a common childhood blood cancer that is rare in adults. Carlie is a rising junior at Milford High School and loves to sing. She says that singing has been hugely therapeutic for her since her diagnosis, and she is involved with the music therapy program at the Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies at Dana-Farber. She will sing Gold Bless America during tonight's game! Carlie's family includes her parents Julie and Steven, and younger sisters Bella, 14, Julia, 11, and Eliza, 9.