In April 1989, Harvard freshman Michael Silverstein ran the Boston Marathon® in memory of his friend Seth Feldman, a Dana-Farber Cancer Institute patient who had recently succumbed to a brain tumor. Mike's run raised more than $35,000 for Dana-Farber. Inspired by Mike’s fundraising endeavors, the Weavers offered a $50,000 "Challenge grant" to Dana-Farber to organize a Boston Marathon team that would raise funds for the Barr Program.
Simultaneously, Bill and Peter Santis, grandsons of Institute founder Sidney Farber, M.D., contacted Dana-Farber looking for a novel way to support the Institute. The Santis brothers helped recruit fellow athletes, and, on Monday, April 16, 1990, nineteen runners laced up their running shoes to raise funds for the Barr Program by running the 94th Boston Marathon. The runners raised $51,000, and earned the Weavers' "Challenge grant" for a season total of $101,000.
The 25th Running
One hundred percent of the funds raised by DFMC team members support Barr Program research. To date, DFMC has raised more than $61 million, and nearly 200 innovative scientific investigations have received critical funding. In 2014, the team aims to celebrate its 25th year by raising $5.3 million.