Each year the Big Game Battle Committee will choose a foundation to support with the input from each boat captain and crews.
This year the Big Game Battle will support The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through The Jimmy Fund in memory of Donald J. O’Neill. Since its founding in 1947, The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has been a world leader in cancer research and treatment, renowned for its equal commitment to cutting-edge science and compassionate clinical care. This 50-50 balance is unique among cancer centers, and the catalyst for our “bench to bedside” approach, where researchers and physicians work hand in hand to leverage the latest scientific breakthroughs to benefit the patient. This approach is epitomized by Dan-Farber’s Leukemia program, where leading experts are working tirelessly to deepen our understanding of the molecular and genetic components of all types of leukemia and rapidly translate laboratory findings into clinical applications for patients through a number of methods including clinical trials. The entire O’Neill Family is grateful for Dana-Farber and the Big Game Battle Tournament Committee for choosing to support a cause close to our hearts. To learn more, please visit their website at http://www.dana-farber.org/. To donate online please click the following link: http://www.myjimmyfundevent.org/2017/biggamebattle
Last year the Big Game Battle supported Juvenile Diabetes (JDRF) raising $345,000 headed by John Lashar and crew aboard “Lillylulu”. JDRF is the leading global organization funding T1D research. Millions of people around the world live with T1D, a life threatening autoimmune disease that strikes both children and adults. There is no way to prevent it and at the present, no cure. JDRF works every day to change this by amassing grass roots support, deep scientific knowledge and academic partnerships to fund research. JDRF drives research that transforms the lives of people with T1D. The Lashar family and TEAM LILLYLULU want to make our stamp on finding a cure, thus our backing of JDRF is “ALL IN”. To learn more, please visit their website at http://www.jdrf.org/
In 2015, we supported the National Multiple Sclerosis Society (NMSS) raising $68,000 to supporting research for a cure. MS is a chronic disease of the central nervous system and is currently not curable but there are treatments showing positive results to slow the progression down. This autoimmune disease attacks your body’s own immune system targeting cells in your brain and spinal cord. The National MS Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS. Brandon is a board member of the New England Chapter that serves 21,000 individuals and families whose lives are affected by Multiple Sclerosis and will share his story with us. To learn more, please go to their website at www.nationalmssociety.org.
In 2014, we supported The Boys and Girls Club of Dorchester raising $60,000 supporting the children and programs the club has to offer. This organization supports over 4100 youth age children facing many disadvantaged circumstances with supporting programs. The mission of the program is “To inspire and enable all young people, from diverse circumstances, to realize their full potential by providing opportunities for personal growth to become contributing, caring and responsible members of the community. To learn more, please go to their website at www.bgcdorchester.org
In 2013, in honor of George Basset, we chose an on island charity called Nantucket S.T.A.R. Program, and successfully raised $30,000 for the children in need. Their mission is to provide specialized, therapeutic, accessible recreation, and adaptive sports to children with a wide range of challenges and disabilities. Their goal is to leave no child left behind due to the degree of challenges, be it physical, mental, emotional, or neurological. We feel this is a perfect fit giving back to an “on island” cause and hope for your support. To learn more, please go to their website Nantucket Star
In 2012, we chose to support ALS or Lou Gehrig’s Disease raising $28,000 for research with hopes for a cure in the near future. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that in the later stages leads to the patient being paralyzed with a significantly reduced life span. For more information please visit the website http://als.net.
In 2011, we supported two charities. There were 30 boats that participated in the event and successfully together we raised $20,000 to support “Camp Harbor View” and “The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp.” The proceeds will go directly to sponsor three individuals to attend each camp next summer. Visit their websites www.campharborviewfoundation.org and www.holeinthewallgang.org
The event in 2010 supported the IRSF – International Rett Syndrome Foundation. Rett Syndrome is a devastating developmental disorder that is first recognized in infancy and seen almost always in girls, but can be rarely seen in boys. We were able to raise an astounding $45,000 in 2010 for Rett Syndrome. To learn more about this disorder and the mission of the IRSF, please visit www.rettsyndrome.org.
The success of the Big Game Battle is due to the people who participate and we feel with this group, it is time to give a little back.