BOSTON (CBS) – Former Red Sox president and CEO Larry Lucchino has been named chairman of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund.

Lucchino, the current chairman of the Pawtucket Red Sox, was heavily involved with fundraising for the Jimmy Fund during his time with the Red Sox.

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“The opportunity to participate in the leadership of the Jimmy Fund is an honor and a duty,” said Larry Lucchino, who now holds the title of Red Sox president and CEO Emeritus. “I want to deepen my connection with this remarkable organization which is on the front lines in the battle against cancer, and I am eager to expand the important work of raising awareness, more funds, and support to help us treat, research, and conquer this miserable disease.”

Twice in the last 30 years Lucchino has also been a patient at Dana-Farber.

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In 1985, Lucchino was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He chose to be treated at the Boston hospital. On the day he was released from Dana-Farber, Lucchino attended his first Red Sox game at Fenway Park.

As chairman of the Jimmy Fund Lucchino will be the lead ambassador and spokesman for the organization, working with the community and the city’s sports teams on fundraising initiatives.

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“Larry Lucchino has been a vigorous, engaged, and very effective advocate of the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber for many years,” said Edward Benz, president and CEO of Dana-Farber. “We are all excited for him to be a champion for us in this way and build on our fundraising efforts. He is the perfect person to spread the word about the Jimmy Fund and increase enthusiasm for our mission.”