The Hale Family Research Center is committed to improving clinical outcomes in pancreatic cancer. We will achieve this goal by uniting and fostering collaboration between clinical and research experts at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and across the world-class biomedical community within Boston.
History Of The Hale Family Research Center
The philanthropy of the Hale Family has had a profound impact on pancreatic cancer research and clinical care. Throughout the past decade, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute trustee Judy Hale – along with her children, Rob Jr. and Beth, and their spouses, Karen and Rich – as well as the family company, Granite Telecommunications, have made significant gifts to the institute. Their support honors the memory of Robert “Bob” T. Hale, Sr., who was treated at Dana-Farber for pancreatic cancer and who was a generous philanthropist in his own right.
In 2007, the Robert T. Hale Sr. & Judith B. Hale Fund For Pancreatic Cancer Research was established, marking the beginning of a long legacy of giving. Throughout the next few years, the family’s visionary philanthropy would lead to the creation of the Hale Family Center For Pancreatic Cancer at Dana-Farber to provide the highest quality clinical care to pancreatic cancer patients and the Robert T. & Judith B. Hale Chair In Pancreatic Cancer at Dana-Farber, currently held by Dr. Brian Wolpin, MD, MPH.
In 2015, a gift naming the Hale Family Research Center enabled support of pancreatic cancer-focused Dana-Farber investigators and their collaboration with top talent both within the institute and across the Boston biomedical community toward the shared goal of eradicating pancreatic cancer. The Hale Center has attracted experts in gene discovery, functional genomics, chemical biology, computational biology, immunotherapy, and model system development as well as individuals in clinical roles – radiology, pathology, clinical trials. This collaborative research environment has resulted in creation of a pipeline for innovation and translation of scientific discoveries to the clinic.
In addition to the Hale Family’s personal giving, their corporate philanthropy through Granite Telecommunications has been a powerful engine of support for Dana-Farber. In 2014, the company started a flagship event, Saving By Shaving, during which Granite staff, along with local celebrities and government officials, shave their heads in a show of solidarity with patients undergoing cancer treatment. The Hale Family makes a gift to Dana-Farber on behalf of each person who takes a turn in the barber’s chair. The company also held an annual Granite Day carnival to benefit Dana-Farber featuring entertainment, rides, and family fun that attracted thousands of attendees. Since 2008, Granite’s annual events have raised millions of dollars in support of Dana-Farber.