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Needham Pink Barbarians raise cancer funds

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Needham residents Doug Fox and Dina Hannigan will be leading the Pink Barbarian team in the Jimmy Fund Marathon Walk on September 23. The Pink Barbarians, arriving from across the country, will march the 26.6 mile Boston Marathon route in full armor to help fund cutting-edge care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The Pink Barbarians were first started four years ago by Fox at the Avon Walk Boston 2014, when his wife was in a tough battle with breast cancer. Since then, Fox had his own fight with thyroid cancer and both of them received their life saving care at Dana-Farber. So the Jimmy Fund was a no brainer for its latest march.

Doug Fox leads the Pink Barbarians at the 2014 Avon Walk.

Doug Fox leads the Pink Barbarians at the 2014 Avon Walk.

“We are so lucky to have Dana-Farber as a resource in our community. Because of its unique cancer focus and expertise, we were both able to receive less invasive treatment than if we had gone to our first opinion hospitals. Laura was able to take part in a clinical trial that eliminated unnecessary chemotherapy and radiation, which has since become the standard of care nationally. Doug was able to avoid radiation and an unnecessary additional surgery because of Farber’s unique analysis of his two types of cancers and their likelihood of returning.”

Ms. Hannigan was a huge supporter of both Foxes during their cancer fight, and her family has suffered great loss to cancer. She lost her dad to pancreatic cancer, her father in-law to metastatic melanoma, and her grandmother to lung cancer. Dina is proud to be the first-ever female Pink Barbarian.

“I’m so excited to join team Pink Barbarian. I look forward to giving out a loud ROAR in the fight against cancer on September 23rd.”

For more information or to donate to their march, visit

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