Get to Know Us: Mary Keenan, Dana-Farber, and the Jimmy Fund Telethon (Q+A)


This month, Expect Miracles Foundation is extremely proud to showcase our very own Development & Events Coordinator Mary Keenan—a team member who has embodied the true mission of our foundation: to inspire hope in the face of disease.  


After her cancer diagnosis in 2016, Mary has recently begun to share her story and speak about her unique journey. Most recently, she was featured on the Jimmy Fund Telethon where she spoke about her experience at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and her hopes for other young people facing a diagnosis.  


Read below for our exclusive Q+A with Mary!


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Be the Man in the Arena

Be the Man in the Arena

I’ve always been fond of both presidents named Roosevelt because both were men of thought AND action.


Teddy Roosevelt gave a speech at the University of Paris in 1910, after he was President, which became known as the Man in the Arena speech. Though long, there is one paragraph I love because of its message, which is quintessential TR (I included it at the bottom of this article). Essentially, he is saying that the first key to getting anything done is to show up. Regardless of the outcome, you have to acknowledge the person for showing up, for making an effort, for being in the arena. It’s easy to sit on the sidelines and be cynical or judgmental. To accomplish anything, you must start with showing up.

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