Please mark your calendar August 23, 2018 for this year's Jimmy Fund Golf Tournament!
Click here to register and to view sponsorship opportunities!
Join us again August 23 for the 19th Annual Joan H. Brack Charitable Foundation Golf Tournament at Stow Acres.
We wish to thank each of you who participated and supported last fall's golf tournament. With your help, the foundation gave $150,000, topping a $2 million cumulative contribution to the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. We look forward to continuing again this August during our 19th year!
By sharing our vision, we continue to support practitioners and researchers striving to find a cure for ovarian cancer and care for parents. On behalf of the Brack family and members of the golf committee, we cannot thank you enough!
Our goal this year is to sustain our commitment to ovarian cancer research through the Jimmy Fund and DFCI. Longtime WEEI radio personality John Dennis will join us again this year as auctioneer and emcee!
Thanks for taking a few moments to check the Joan H. Brack Charitable Foundation's web site, and we hope you find it useful.
The Brack family started the nonprofit in 2000 as a tribute to Joan's commitment, spirit, and heart in her lifelong work with young people and organizations supporting community-based projects that open opportunities for individuals in need. We're proud to continue that mission today!
Then vs NOW: Ovarian cancer research at a crossroads
"We're at a crossroads. We're benefitting from better understanding of genetics, and better clinical trials."
Watch Dr. Matulonis's research update on You Tube!
For example, The FDA approved the PARP inhibitor olaparib in 2014 for women with advanced and recurrent ovarian cancer who test positive for the BRCA gene mutation.
PARP inhibitors restrict cancer cells’ ability to repair damaged DNA, potentially causing the cancer cells to die. Dr. Matulonis and Dr. Liu have been instrumental in leading clinical trials of olaparib since 2007, including one of the trials that led to FDA approval.
Please continue reading on the "More/Ovarian Cancer Updates" page.
A teacher, beloved companion, mom, and glue of her family,
Joan continues to be cherished by many. She taught in special education teacher in the Natick schools for 17 years before joining the South Middlesex Opportunity Council, and working with women coming out of the Framingham Women’s Prison to help them get their GEDs and a new footing in life. This resulted in the establishment of the Joan H. Brack Adult Learning Center at SMOC, the first endeavor and legacy supported by the foundation which honors her life.
We are grateful to many of you who continue to celebrate Joan's spirit and support the ongoing work of her foundation.