Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


January 30, 2014

Local cancer patient hits slopes for fundraiser

Andover’s Jack Whelan, a 66-year-old patient at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, will be the featured speaker at Saturday’s CSC Jimmy Fund Snow Challenge at Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford.

He will be sharing his story with event guests and volunteers at the après-ski party following the day of racing on the slopes.

Whelan was diagnosed with Waldenström macroglobulinemia, a rare and incurable blood cancer, in 2007 at the age of 58.

A research analyst specializing in information technologies, medical experts say Whelan was able to restore his health through participation in clinical trials. His experience paved the way for his current work in patient advocacy and public speaking.

Whelan is a co-chairman of Dana-Farber’s Patient Adult Patient and Family Advisory Council.

The 19th annual Snow Challenge fundraiser for Dana-Farber and The Jimmy Fund is open to skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. It is sponsored by CSC, a global leader of next-generation information technology services and solutions. Proceeds support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Dana-Farber.

The entry fee is $240 for a four-person race team and $70 for individual racers. All team racers receive a lift ticket for the day and a barbecue lunch. Teams are also encouraged to do additional fundraising — for every $150 raised above the registration fee, one second is deducted from the final race time, so everyone has a chance to win.

After hitting the slopes, all participants will gather in the Nashoba Valley Ski Area lounge for a live auction, awards ceremony and the après-ski party.

Registration begins at the mountain at 9 a.m., though advance sign-up is encouraged. Lunch will be served starting at 11:30 a.m. and racing begins at noon. For more information, visit To register, contact Lisa Rogier at 781-290-1758 or

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