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Walking Long. Two Years Strong.

Jimmy Fund Top 10

For the second year, the Women in Dentistry Committee is leading the MDS Miles and Smiles team in the 25th annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. On Sunday, September 8, we will lace up our sneakers and pound the pavement from Hopkinton to Boston with thousands of other walkers to raise money to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and help find a cure for cancer.

Last year, MDS Miles and Smiles was considered a 2012 Top Team, raising more than $33,000 for the Jimmy Fund. This year, we've increased our goal to $50,000. We can do it with your help!

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WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon with MDS President, Michael H. Wasserman, DDS


Meet Gavin!

Gavin - Jimmy Fund Hero

This adorable two-year old is our newest reason to walk. The MDS Miles and Smiles team has been matched with Gavin through the Hero Program. His picture and story will be featured on one of the 26 mile markers along the Boston Marathon walk route.

Gavin likes trucks, but he LOVES baseball! We are walking to raise money to continue research and compassionate care for cancer patients like Gavin at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.


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Why We Walk 

Each member of our team has a different reason for walking, but we all have the same goal: A world without cancer.


Janis Moriarty - Jimmy Fund

 It's as simple as this: walking 26.2 miles isn't easy, but it's nothing compared to receiving a diagnosis of cancer. I am blessed with good health, and it is an absolute honor to walk alongside Dana-Farber patients and survivors. I walk in hope that my son might see a cure to this disease during his lifetime. The Walk is an inspiring, emotional, and energizing way to spend a Sunday in September, and I look forward to being an annual participant.
—Janis Moriarty, DMD

  Barbara Kay - Jimmy Fund

 I am walking in memory of my husband, Dr. Thomas F. Winkler, whose life was extended by the treatments he received at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. It gave us precious time together.
—Barbara Kay, DMD

Ellen Factor- Jimmy Fund

 I am walking in memory of my brother Sid Brown, who lost his brave battle to brain cancer in 2011, at the age of 52. Sid was my only sibling, and I remember vividly how happy he was at my son's Bar Mitzvah in June 2011. Tragically, three months later, my brother received his diagnosis and, after a courageous four-month fight, he lost his battle. I am walking because I want to put an end to this deadly disease that has impacted my family and so many others. 
—Ellen Factor

  Badrieh Edalatpour - Jimmy Fund

 On Sunday, September 8, 2013, for the second time I will be joining MDS Miles and Smiles team during the 25th annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. I will be walking in honor of Dr. Behrooz Koleini and all other community members who lost their battles with cancer. My goal is to raise $10,000 to help the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for its research program.
—Badrieh Edalatpour, DMD


Bridget Mackey - Jimmy Fund

Truly, I do the walk because I like the camaraderie of the MDS, and it gives me a chance to see other people's passion for supporting the cause, which is always inspirational.
—Bridget Mackey, DDS


Traci Portnoff - Jimmy Fund

 I walk for a multitude of reasons, including my courageous father, who has fought both thyroid and prostate cancer; my aunt Linda, who continues her fight with metastatic breast cancer; my inspirational patients who have fought/are fighting/or will have to fight cancer during their lives; and in honor of the friends and family care-takers for those undergoing treatment. Plain and simple…walking 26 miles is NOT walking in their shoes. It is my way of supporting my loved ones by walking “beside” them.
—Traci Portnoff, DMD


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Our Inspiration

Too many members of the dental community have been affected by cancer. We will walk in honor and memory of all of our colleagues who are fighting or have lost their battles with cancer.


Dr. Thomas F. Winkler

Dr. Thomas WinklerDr. Thomas Winkler was one of dentistry’s most outstanding leaders. He was involved for years in the Yankee Dental Congress, serving as Scientific Chair and introducing the first hands-on courses. His volunteer activities for the Massachusetts Dental Society were recognized with the Armand Nalband Award.

Tom was a teacher and mentor at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine in the endodontics department for more than 40 years. He influenced the careers of many students and was loved for his selfless devotion to them. He also served for 10 years as a Trustee of Tufts University, representing the dental school.

Tom was president of many organizations, most notably the American College of Dentists.

Most of all, however, Tom will be remembered for his generosity, warmth, and compassionate caring for others.

Tribute by Dr. Barbara Kay


Dr. June Warren Lee

june  leeDr. June Warren Lee was who she was. There was absolutely no pretension. Her colors were solid and brilliant and true. Unwavering devotion and dedication to family, to friends, to her profession—and the ability to blend them all into one amazing rainbow.

A more loyal, hard-working volunteer was hard to find. She rolled up her sleeves and dug in with the rest of the MDS staff and volunteers and always brought along her entourage comprised of Bill, Jaime, Dan, and Josh—it was a real family affair. As a member of the YDC Program Committee, she came with reams of reports on speakers she had scouted and then followed up with them as she said she would. As a co-chair with Bill on Social and Cultural, she did massive amounts of research and came to the first meeting armed with pages of ideas and the concern that they provide then-MDS President Dr. Alan Gold with the kind of program of which he could be proud.

But when it was time to be “presidential” in her position as General Chair, she assumed that role with aplomb. She welcomed the leadership from the National Dental Society to Yankee and she made sure that the stars of the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD) became stars at MDS.

She wanted to be the best that she could be, not just for herself, but also for Yankee, for the Society, for the AGD, for her family, and for her friends.

June, we saw your true colors shining through. And that’s why we love you. Your true colors—Beautiful like a rainbow.

Tribute by Ms. Marlene Petro


Dr. Jitka Janicek

Dr. Jitka Janicek

Dr. Jitka Janicek attended Tufts University for both her dental and dental specialty training; she completed the endodontic residency program in 1989 and the International Student Program in 1991. She then became a well-respected endodontist on the North Shore of Massachusetts. In the summer of 2000, she relocated to Cape Cod with her family and joined Professional Endodontics. For 23 years, she gave back to the dental community by spending time in the Tufts post-graduate endodontic program as an assistant clinical professor, where she was a mentor and inspiration to many students, especially her son, Milos (EG Endo 2008).

Jitka will be remembered as a wonderful mother, loving wife, fighting spirit, and driven professional. She had an incredible work ethic and applied a meticulous pursuit of perfection to every undertaking.

She held too many positive qualities to list. She had the ability to inspire and motivate those around her. She brought light to any situation, always making others laugh with her quick wit and contagious smile.

Jitka could easily put life into perspective, and understood the importance of enjoying family and living each day to the fullest. Together with her husband and son, she achieved the "American dream" and all that the phrase implies. She spent her life dedicated to her family's happiness and success.

She will be deeply missed and her legacy lives on in her husband Milos, son Milos, and daughter-in-law, Erin. She is a guardian angel for her two grandchildren, Milos and Lilyana, who were born in January. She is also survived by her loving, extended family in the Czech Republic.

Tribute by Dr. Milos Janicek


Dr. Daniel Mahoney

Dr. Daniel Mahoney

Dr. Daniel Mahoney was an inspiration to us all and was sadly taken from our lives at such a vibrant time in his life. His dedication to his patients, the Massachusetts Dental Society, the Cape Cod District Dental Society, and Eastern Dentists Insurance Company will always be remembered.

Dana-Farber and The Jimmy Fund do so much for so many, it is a pleasure to be a part of their cause.

Tribute by Dr. Robert Kittredge


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