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Contributing Author: Lucinda Race
Published: September 20, 2013
An avid baseball fan, Einar Gustafson longed to watch his beloved Boston Braves on TV while he was being treated for cancer
in Boston, far from his home in New Sweden, Maine. In an effort to raise contributions from listeners to purchase a television, Ralph Edwards interviewed Gustafson and some of the Boston Braves players on his weekly radio show. Donations flooded in, enough to buy a TV and much more. During the broadcast, they dubbed Gustafson “Jimmy” to protect his identity, and afterwards they put all additional contributions into a fund for cancer research, which would later become The Jimmy Fund.
Today, The Jimmy Fund exclusively supports the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, which continues its progress with research and treatment.