Story Behind the Jimmy Fund
his first radio broadcast that launched the Jimmy
Fund in the late 1940s to his
countless recent appearances at Jimmy Fund events, Einar
Gustafson - the Jimmy Fund's original "Jimmy"
- was an inspiration to hundreds of thousands of people
throughout New England.
Jimmy's story began in 1948, when Gustafson was a 12-year-old
patient of Dr. Sidney
Farber, founder of the Children's Cancer Research Foundation
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute) and a pioneer of modern
Dubbed "Jimmy" to protect his privacy, Gustafson
was selected to speak on Ralph Edwards' national radio
program, "Truth or Consequences," which was
broadcast from the boy's
hospital room. The appeal, aired across the nation on
May 22, 1948, generated more than $200,000 in one year
to support Dr. Farber's research - and the Jimmy Fund
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