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Bentley Junior Justin Stanton Named to Mass General Inaugural 100 Club, June 5

July 8, 2008

Bentley College junior Justin Stanton was named to the Mass General Inaugural 100 Club, an annual awards program presented by the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center to honor 100 individuals who have made a significant contribution in the fight against cancer. Recognized for organizing a walk-a-thon to benefit cancer research, Stanton was among physicians and others honored in areas of philanthropy, research and clinical care advances. At an awards dinner held on June 5 at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston, Stanton was one of five honorees spotlighted for their work.
Stanton founded the Kenneth Stanton Walk for Cancer in June 2005, in memory of his father who had passed away from cancer earlier that year at age 48. At 17, Stanton began the fundraiser as an Eagle Scout project. After raising $30,000, the Kenneth Stanton Osteosarcoma Research Fund was created as Mass General Cancer Center, where Kenneth Stanton received his medical care. In 2006, Stanton held a second walk-a-thon and the Kenneth Stanton Memorial Golf Tournament. To date, he has donated a total of more than $65,000 to the hospital.

"My future plan for my cancer foundation is to run my organization like a business in order to expand and increase the amount we are able to contribute to vitally needed cancer research," says Stanton. "This year we are expecting a 100 percent increase over last year's contribution and continue to see steady double digit increases year after year."

For 17 years, Stanton's father battled two types of cancer; bone cancer and later a brain tumor. The family, however, rallied through it all, enjoying each day and embarking on adventures. That spirit remains with Justin Stanton's strong efforts to support cancer research in memory of his father. It was just one month after his father's death when Stanton moved forward with his idea for a walk-a-thon by forming planning committees that included fellow high school classmates, local business leaders, and politicians - among them U.S. Congressman Charlie Bass.

"All of Justin's life, his father had cancer, and while we rallied for the cause, it was marked by ups and downs," says his mother, Ann Vermette. "Setting up a fund in memory of his Dad has allowed him to take an active role in the fight against cancer."

Of Justin's success, she says: "He's so passionate about this cause and has taken such initiatve that I can't believe he's just 19 years old. I'm extremely proud."

Type: Campus News