The Story of “Jimmy” and the Jimmy Fund

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While vice president and general manager of the American Superconductor Corporation Wires Business Unit, Angelo Robert Santamaria developed the first manufacturing capability for a commercially available wire superconductor. In addition to his work with American Superconductor and other engineering companies like Oasys Water and Panelclaw, Angelo R. Santamaria supports the Jimmy Fund.

Founded in 1948, the Jimmy Fund was created when the Variety Club of New England held a radio broadcast featuring Dr. Sidney Farber’s 12-year-old leukemia patient Einar (Jimmy) Gustafson. During the broadcast, the Boston Braves baseball team –Gustafson’s heroes–visited him in the hospital. The show had asked listeners to donate funds for a TV set so that Jimmy could watch Braves games, but surpassed its goal and raised more than $200,000. From there, the Jimmy Fund transformed from a one-time good will effort into a fundraising organization dedicated to supporting the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.

Dr. Sidney Farber founded the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and played an instrumental role in developing the modern chemotherapy treatment for cancer. Gustafson, called “Jimmy” to safeguard his identity, went on to appear at many of the foundation’s early events. After he withdrew, the public assumed he had died, as prognoses for children with cancer were dire at the time. In truth, Gustafson survived his cancer and went on to have children and grandchildren. He returned to the public eye on the 50th anniversary of that initial radio show and received recognition as an honorary Jimmy Fund chairman.

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Three Ways to Contribute to the Jimmy Fund

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Angelo Santamaria has 20 years of experience as a business leader and global manufacturing professional, and previously held the position of senior vice president of global manufacturing operations for the American Superconductor. Outside of his work, Angelo Santamaria gives back to the community through the support of charitable initiatives like the Jimmy Fund.

The Jimmy Fund is an organization that raises money for cancer research to support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Interested parties can contribute by volunteering, participating, and donating.

Jimmy Fund volunteers complete many valuable tasks, such as working at fundraising events and helping with tasks at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. In addition to giving their time, some volunteers also sign up to donate blood or bone marrow.

The Jimmy Fund hosts fundraising events throughout the year for people of all ages and abilities. The organization offers an event finder tool via its website to match willing participants with fundraising events that suit their personal interests and passions.

It’s simple to donate funds directly to the charity through its online portal, and donors have the option of directing their donations to a specific area of research or in honor of a loved one.