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Jaffrey-Rindge students rally against cancer

A local Jaffrey school is joining Rally Against Cancer SM to support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund.

Team Jaffrey-Rindge Middle School, led by Lisa Wilkinson, is rallying to win a visit from one of this year’s rally spokesplayers, Boston Red Sox third baseman Will Middlebrooks or Boston Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

When the Red Sox suit up against the Baltimore Orioles on Opening Day at Fenway Park on April 8, Red Sox Nation is encouraged to rally against cancer. By contributing $5 or more to the Jimmy Fund, participants have the opportunity to “Dress for Sox-cess” and wear Boston Red Sox gear to work or school.

The top fundraising workplace and school — K-12, college or university — are each eligible for a visit from Middlebrooks or Saltalamacchia, who are also Jimmy Fund co-captains for the 2013 season. The two players join the ranks of past Rally Against Cancer spokesplayers including, Daniel Bard, Tim Wakefield, Clay Buchholz, Jon Lester, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis and Trot Nixon.

Now in its eighth year, Rally Against Cancer has raised more than $3 million to support the fight against cancer at Dana-Farber. This year, the program hopes to raise $550,000. For more information, visit RallyAgainstCancer.org.

The Jimmy Fund solely supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world.

This year celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Jimmy Fund and Boston Red Sox relationship, and represents one of the most remarkable partnerships between a team and a charity in the history of professional sports.

The Jimmy Fund is also the official charity of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge and the Variety Children’s Charity of New England. Since 1948, the generosity of millions of people has helped the Jimmy Fund save countless lives and reduce the burden of cancer for patients and families worldwide.

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