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Here are answers to frequently asked questions about Rally Against Cancer:

Why should I Rally?
Why Red Sox Opening Day?
Who can participate in Rally Against Cancer?
When does Rally Against Cancer end?
How will I be notified when someone joins my team by registering online?
Can people outside of my company, school (K-12) or college/university join my Rally Team?
I want to sign up for Rally Against Cancer, but don't want to start nor join a Rally Team. Is this allowed?
Can you have multiple Rally Teams?
How do I find "My Team Page" online?
What are the contest prizes? Who's eligible to win them?
My organization has a dress code. How can I participate?
How is the money collected?
What other ways can my college/university Rally Team participate in Rally Against Cancer?
I want to give more than the $5 minimum gift. Is that allowed?
Some colleagues/classmates would like to use cash. How do I submit the money?
What are matching gifts?
My company, school (K-12) or college/university has a matching gift program. Can my team utilize this resource?
What are the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute?
I have a question that is not answered here. Who should I contact?

 


Q: Why should I Rally?

A: Almost everyone has been affected in some way by cancer. When you Rally, you help further cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute while rooting for the Boston Red Sox, and provide hope to adults and children being treated for cancer worldwide.

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Q: Why Red Sox Opening Day?

A: The Boston Red Sox have been great supporters of the Jimmy Fund for 56 years. This is a great way that Red Sox Nation can show its commitment to its hometown team, while helping to raise vital funds for cancer research and treatment at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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Q: Who can participate in Rally Against Cancer?

A: Anyone can participate in Rally Against Cancer! You can start your own team at either your workplace, school (K-12) or college/university. You can also join a current team online that accepts other team members if you do not belong to an organization that is participating in this event. (You can find teams that are open to accepting other team members by using the "Find an existing Rally Team" link.)

Click here to see who's eligible to win the grand prize.

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Q: When does Rally Against Cancer end?

A: To qualify for the prize visit, all online gifts must be received by April 6 at 11 p.m. EDT. The individual team from each category with the most funds raised at that time will be eligible for a grand prize visit by Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester.* Though, you can keep on giving and submitting funds beyond April 6.

The program consists of three categories of participating organizations:

1) Companies
2) Schools (K-12)
3) Colleges/Universities

All online contributions are due by April 6, 2009, 11 p.m. EDT. Individual team checks must be received by April 6, 2009, 8 p.m. EDT.

*Only organizations within a two-hour drive of the Metro-Boston area will be eligible for a grand prize visit from Jon Lester. Details to be determined mutually by the Jimmy Fund and winning Team.

Please click here for contest rules and regulations.

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Q: How will I be notified when someone joins my team by registering online?

A: If you are a Team Coach, you can quickly review your team participants by logging in.

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Q: Can people outside of my company, school (K-12) or college/university join my Rally Team?

A: Yes, family, friends, as well as people from outside your organization can join your team. They can log onto rallyagainstcancer.org and select your team name from the teams listed within the "Find an existing Rally Team" option.

Individual participants can also ask their friends and family to support them by e-mailing them through the "Spread the Word" tool available online when they register.

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Q: I want to sign up for Rally Against Cancer, but don't want to start nor join a Rally Team. Is this allowed?

A: Absolutely. Just select the "Be a Free Agent" option and you will be able to sign up for Rally without joining team.

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Q: Can you have multiple Rally Teams?

A: Yes, your organization can house as many Rally teams as you like. However, the grand prize will only be awarded to the single Rally team with the highest fundraising total.

Keep in mind that if you belong to an organization with multiple teams participating in Rally Against Cancer, each team name should begin with the organization name and also include a deciphering title.

Example: Two participating teams from Acme, Inc. could be the "Acme, Inc. Human Resources Team" and "Acme, Inc. Accounting Team." Each Team will have its own Team Coach, but they will all be under the Acme, Inc. umbrella.

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Q: How do I find my Rally Team's page online?

A: Follow the instructions below or paste them into an e-mail when you spread the word about Rally Against Cancer.

Finding your Rally Team page.

Step 1: Visit the "rallyagainstcancer.org
" page.
Step 2: Click on the "Join a Team" button.
Step 3: Find your team name in the search fields.
Step 4: Fill out your team's registration form to be a Rally Against Cancer participant.

If you need further assistance with finding your Rally team, please contact Mike DeGuglielmo at 617-632-5420 or rallyagainstcancer@dfci.harvard.edu.

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Q: What are the contest prizes? Who's eligible to win them?

A: The individual team from each participating category—1) companies; 2) schools (K-12); 3) colleges/universities—with the most funds raised at 11 p.m. EDT on April 6, 2009 will be eligible for a grand prize visit by Red Sox pitcher Jon Lester.*

All individual team checks must be received by April, 6, 2009, 8 p.m. EDT.

*Only organizations within a two-hour drive of the Metro-Boston area will be eligible for a grand prize visit from Jon Lester. Details to be determined mutually by the Jimmy Fund and winning Team.

All Rally Teams are eligible to receive other great prizes. Check them out here.

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Q: My organization has a dress code. How can I participate?

A: It is easy to participate on Opening Day even if your organization has a strict dress code. You can show your support in a variety of subtle ways. Wear red socks, a red shirt or blouse, a red tie, or a red skirt. You can accessorize your regular attire by wearing a small Red Sox pin or by wearing a red ribbon in your hair.

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Q: How is the money collected?

A: When a person registers on your team at rallyagainstcancer.org, they are asked to contribute a minimum of $5 online. They can make their gift with a credit card, receive an e-mail confirmation as proof of participation, and are automatically enrolled on your team. The Team Coach does not collect any money or follow up with co-workers for payment.

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Q: What other ways can my college/university Rally Team participate in Rally Against Cancer?

A: From hosting creative, college-wide events, such as pep rallies, dance marathons, and moustache growing competitions, to organizing coin collections, movie nights, and charitable auctions, there are plenty of other ways that your college/university Rally Team can participate.

Here are some other examples:
Spaghetti Supper
Bake Sales
Barbeque Parties
Board Game Nights
Car Wash
Comedy Nights
Date Auctions
Parade
Photography and Art Sales and Galleries
School Plays
Second Chance Proms
Television Viewing Parties

Please note: All events must be reviewed and approved by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute before moving forward, and events must portray The Jimmy Fund in a positive light. Please contact Monica Zurlinden at 617-582-7724 or at monica_zurlinden@dfci.harvard.edu to discuss your fundraising ideas and event-related plans with The Jimmy Fund.

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Q: I want to give more than the $5 minimum gift. Is that allowed?

A: Absolutely. There is a minimum contribution of $5 to join an existing team online; however, you are always welcome to give more. In the Registration Form, there is a space marked "Additional Gift" for any additional contribution you would like to make. In fact, in 2008 the average gift exceeded $37.

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Q: Some colleagues/classmates would like to use cash. How do I submit the money?

A: We will not be able to accept cash through the mail. Any bank or credit union will exchange the cash for a cashier's check. Please make the check payable to "The Jimmy Fund" and send it to:

The Jimmy Fund
Rally Against Cancer/Mike DeGuglielmo
10 Brookline Place West 6th Floor
Brookline, MA 02445-7226

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Q: What are matching gifts?

A: Many organizations sponsor matching gift programs, where they match gifts dollar for dollar, and sometimes double or triple match these gifts, to encourage members to support their favorite charities. Please ask your organization's administrator to find out if your organization has such a program.

Learn more about matching gifts

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Q: My company, school (K-12) or college/university has a matching gift program. Can my team utilize this resource?

A: Yes. Your Team Coach should collect a list of participants, along with how much was raised. Then submit any necessary matching gift paperwork along with your single team contribution to Rally Against Cancer.

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Q: What is the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute?

A: The Jimmy Fund is an official charity of the Boston Red Sox. For the past 56 years, Red Sox players and fans have supported the Jimmy Fund through gifts of time, money, and goodwill. Since its founding in 1947, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has been committed to providing cancer patients with the best treatment available today while developing tomorrow's cures through cutting-edge research. The Jimmy Fund supports this fight against cancer in children and adults at Dana-Farber, helping to raise the chance of survival for cancer patients around the world. To learn more, visit jimmyfund.org.

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Q: I have a question that is not answered here. Who should I contact?

A: Please contact Mike DeGuglielmo at 617-632-5420 or rallyagainstcancer@dfci.harvard.edu.

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