That’s a lot of runners—and a lot of money going towards a great cause.
The Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge team of runners has been raising money since 1990, said Colleen Brown, a spokeswoman for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. All the money raised over the years goes to the Institute’s Claudia Adams Barr Program in innovative basic cancer research. Almost 300 cancer research initiatives through the Barr Program have been funded by money raised by runners.
Dana-Farber was one of the first charities allowed to use the Boston Marathon as a fundraiser. The Institute has been around since 1947. It has received a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator.
In 2019, runners raised more than $6.5 million—a significant increase from the $100,000 raised in 1990.
In the upcoming Boston Marathon, which will take place on April 20, 2020, Brown says Dana-Farber is set to have more than 500 runners with a goal of raising $6.25 million. In anticipation of the race, the institute has already raised $555,631.