Last month, Atlas Travel & Technology Group was honored to take part in this year’s annual Jimmy Fund Walk. Employees from both our Atlas Travel and Prime Numbers groups joined our team, the Atlas Travel Flyers.
“This was the third year that the Flyers participated in the Jimmy Fund Walk. Although I am always so humbled by the event, I think this may have been the best experience yet,” said Colleen Brescia, Business Development Director and Captain of the Atlas Travel Flyers Team. “This year we walked in honor of our hero Ava, a seven year old Massachusetts girl battling cancer. The company-wide support was also particularly incredible this year, with so many donating to our team or buying an employee-generated fundraising cookbook. We also had so many people register as walkers or virtual walkers, to fundraise if they couldn’t join us in Boston.”
The extra support paid off in a big way; when fundraising for this year’s walk started, we set out to raise $10,000. As a team, we successfully met and exceeded our goal, raising $10,208 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
“The Jimmy Fund Walk is always a great opportunity to get Atlas employees from different departments together to participate in fighting a disease that affects so many of us. Despite being hotter than past years, the weather cooperated and we had a great group of walkers. This year’s team included four of our adult children, which was really special. Overall, it was a truly incredible experience.”
The Dana-Farber Corporate Partners Summit
To strengthen involvement with The Jimmy Fund, several team members attended the 5th annual Dana-Farber Corporate Partners Summit. Held in Boston earlier this month, the Summit provided a great opportunity to hear directly from Dana-Farber doctors and patients. It was a chance to learn about the latest advancements in cancer research, as well as to receive feedback on different ways that our company can maximize our engagement with the cause.
The Summit featured an array of expert speakers, including Caron Jacobson, MD, who specializes in Hematologic Oncology. Dr. Jacobson explained how she splits her time between caring for patients and researching different healing methods. She stressed that, much like how there is no single form of cancer, there is no one single cure. It’s why the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute prides itself on cutting-edge research on multiple strategies and methods to battle cancer.
Cancer survivor Mike Mottola spoke next about his experience with Dana-Farber. Mr. Mottola suffered from B-Cell Lymphoma, a cancer that affects white blood cells. When undergoing treatment, he was unsure of what tomorrow meant for him. However, because of Dana-Farber, he was able to return to his passions and continue living as he did before diagnosis.
“Listening to the speakers who presented at the summit was a very touching and remarkable experience,” says Zachary Cahill, Marketing and Communications Assistant. “To be able to raise money for a great cause, but then to hear from both doctors and patients who directly benefit from that money, is quite a special feeling.”
After the presentations, our team experienced a guided tour of the beautiful Dana-Farber building. The facility boasts some very unique features, including the Stoneman Healing Garden. Perched several stories above Boston’s streets, this indoor garden offers patients a quiet, natural space for reflection and healing. For patients whose immune system may be compromised, the garden includes a glass-enclosed room for risk-free enjoyment.
We all desire a world without cancer. ATTG strives to do our part in the fight against cancer and we are happy to continue our support of The Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber.