Everything came full circle for Larry Lucchino this past week.
Lucchino, the former President/CEO of the Boston Red Sox and current Chairman/Principal Owner of the WooSox, received the Boston Red Sox Jimmy Fund Award on Tuesday night at Fenway Park as part of the WEEI NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon.
The honor is presented annually by the Red Sox to those who demonstrate longstanding commitment to the lifesaving mission of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.
“It was a way of pulling together a lot of different strands in my life,” said Lucchino, who is also a Chairman of the Jimmy Fund and Trustee of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “The Jimmy Fund is a way to be connected to Boston and to feel like I’m a part of Boston, and Boston is forever a part of me.”
A three-time cancer survivor and a long-time advocate for cancer research at Dana-Farber, Lucchino’s love for baseball and the Jimmy Fund have been intertwined since he joined the Red Sox in 2002. His role at the Jimmy Fund allows him to connect with adult and pediatric patients at Dana-Farber and also learn from doctors and researchers about the progress being made.
With ties now to the Worcester Red Sox, Lucchino and WooSox President Dr. Charles Steinberg are hoping to use that connection with Dana-Farber to expand research out at UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.
“Boston and the Jimmy Fund are inextricably linked,” Steinberg said. “But we’re the outpost for the Red Sox here in Central Mass. and Larry carries the Jimmy Fund flag and we can increase what we do here.”
“We’re eager to do more with them,” Lucchino said.
Prior to the Red Sox game on Tuesday, Lucchino found himself at Fenway Park as the guest of honor during the 21st WEEI NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon. The two-day event raised $4,070,760 this year and is close to $70 million in over two decades.
The 77-year-old was joined out on the infield by the Dana-Farber doctor who treated Lucchino for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 1985, a few members of the current Red Sox brass and former Red Sox player David Ortiz.
“Larry and Ortiz go way back,” Steinberg said. “That’s a heck of a relationship.”
Then, Lucchino tossed out the ceremonial first pitch. It was a different perspective for the longtime baseball executive — but one he enjoyed with all his worlds coming together.
“It meant a lot more than I realized,” Lucchino said.
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