Cancer is an intrusive illness to many people’s lives – some may know it first-hand and for others, they may know it through community members. But there are many people who overcome and advocate for a life after diagnosis.
To lessen the impact cancer has nation-wide, treatment research must continue to advance towards a cure. As a premier sponsor of the annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, we are glad to support this established, charitable organization for cancer research.
Overcoming obstacles with Patient Hero
Schneider Electric is honored to be matched with Jimmy Fund Walk Hero, Tita Antonopoulos of Massachusetts – a true champion in defying cancer and a significant advocate for ongoing treatment and cancer research.
Tita was diagnosed with Stage 3 HER2-positive breast cancer in April of 2020, literally just as the world was turning upside down because of the pandemic. She has gone through chemo, radiation, and surgery in the last two years. With the support of her mother, her son, and friends in the community, Tita is proudly celebrating a year since her last surgical procedure.
A huge thank you to Tita for sharing her story and being part of our Walk Team for the 2022 charity race. (Read this article from the Haverhill Eagle Tribune to learn more about her battle with cancer).
Jimmy Fund Walk: A cause worth fighting for – donate today
For the 12th year in a row, Schneider Electric’s New England campuses have formed a corporate team to raise crucial funds for The Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. After two years of “virtual” walking, we are ecstatic to be going back to the historic Boston Marathon course on Sunday, October 2 for this year’s charity walk. We will be welcoming walkers over the Copley Square Finish Line powered by Schneider Electric where participants can celebrate their accomplishment and grab some refreshments with fellow participants.
Fun Fact about Boston Red Sox
Since 1953, generations of owners and players have participated in making the Red Sox/Jimmy Fund partnership the longest and most successful relationship between a team and a charity in the history of professional sports.
The Schneider Electric Foundation has already donated $50,000 and we are driven to match that in walker donations by our employees, family, and friends – totaling $100,000 in sponsorship and personal fundraising towards this incredible organization and great cause. We’ve collaborated with the Boston Red Sox at Fenway, launched a raffle for Elton John concert tickets, and keep building our walk team for direct fundraising efforts.
About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has been the top ranked cancer hospital in New England by U.S. News and World Report for 21 consecutive years, and is the only cancer center in the country ranked in the top 5 for both adult and pediatric cancer programs. They provide adults and children with cancer with the best treatment available today while developing tomorrow’s cures through cutting-edge research.
Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund has received a 4 out of 4 star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest charity evaluator, recognizing our prudent financial management and low cost of funds raised.
About the Jimmy Fund
Since its founding in 1948, the Jimmy Fund has raised millions of dollars through thousands of grassroots efforts to help save lives and give hope to cancer patients everywhere.
The Importance of Giving Back
The Schneider Electric Foundation was established to support individuals and communities across the world with education and training, through our active volunteering and local partner network. Volunteerism is encouraged among all employees – Schneider underwrites the costs of charitable work, donating money to organizations her employees are involved with, and providing paid time off to volunteer. If you’re looking for a company with great values, people, and benefits, explore a career with schneider Electric.
About the Authors
Matthew Carrara is Vice President Process Instrumentation & Analyzers for Schneider Electric. He has a demonstrated history of working in the space of process instrumentation and controls and analyzers. He earned an Executive Masters in Business Administration from Northeastern University – Graduate School of Business Administration. Matthew focuses on strategy, acquisitions, sales & channel management, product development, marketing, and operational delivery. With a passion around philanthropic service, Matt was nominated as Schneider Electric’s Executive Sponsor for the 2019, 2020, and 2021 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk.
John Petty has been with Schneider Electric for 16 years, and is a Solution Manager in the Industrial Automation Incubator where is part of the team developing Next Gen control solutions. He earned an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management and has 30+ years of experience managing technical support and customer services operations in the tech sector. Driven my his own experience with cancer and the experiences of friends and family, John has been the Walk Team Captain for the Schneider Electric Jimmy Fund Walk Team since 2019.