Save the Date: May 7, 2020
10th Anniversary
Hope Begins Here Awards Reception

Hope Begins Here
Dr. Joel Schwartz with Susan and Kevin McCarthy
Dr. Joel Schwartz 2019 Hope Begins Here honoree with Kevin and Susan McCarthy, BNCA President.

Special thanks to our 2019 sponsors

Title Sponsor

North Shore Medical Center Logo
Beth Israel Lahey Health Logo
Scholarship Sponsor
Care Dimensions logo
Commonwealth Radiology Associates
Solomine Funeral Home Logo
Education Sponsor
The Caleb Group
Derek Scheckman Foundation
Maria & Gary Leach
Arlene & Herbert H. Leventhal, MD
Joan and Mark Mahoney
Dr. Donald and Cynthia Perlman
Mary Jane and David Solimine, Sr.
YMCA of Metro North

Our Mission

The mission of the Boston North Cancer Association, Inc. is to fund and support special projects for the prevention, research, education and care of cancer.

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Boston North Cancer Association, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Grants & Scholarships

Boston North Cancer Association, Inc. has provided more than $1million in funding through the following:

Community Grants Program

The purpose of Boston North Cancer Association’s Community Grants Program is to help reduce the risk of cancer for all ages and to enhance the health and well-being of cancer patients, cancer survivors, and family members of those with cancer. To this end, BNCA is awarding up to $20,000 in grants to support community programs and resources for cancer prevention and education in communities north of Boston. Grants requests are limited to a maximum of $5,000, and only one application will be accepted per organization.
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Professional Development Grants Program

The purpose of Boston North Cancer Association’s Professional Development Grants Program is to improve the detection and treatment of cancer by funding educational and skills training opportunities for medical professionals who practice in communities North of Boston. In doing so, BNCA will help improve the health and well-being of cancer patients and cancer survivors. To this end, BNCA will award up to $10,000 in professional development grants.
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The Boston North Cancer Association sponsors a scholastic Scholarship Program designed to assist promising North Shore students in overcoming the challenges and hardships posed by cancer so they may achieve their dreams of higher education. The scholarship program also advances improved methods of cancer treatment and prevention by means of assisting medical school students. BNCA awards three $3,500 college scholarships and a $7,500 medical school scholarship in the spring of each year.
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About Us

History of the Organization

Boston North Cancer Association, Inc. (formerly Lynn Cancer Association, Inc.) is a non-profit organization that provides North Shore communities with resources for cancer treatment, prevention, care and education. The history of the Association dates back to 1926, when the Education Committee in Lynn was established under the Cancer Control Program enacted by the Massachusetts Legislature. The committee worked diligently to publicize symptoms of cancer, and it was incorporated as a charitable organization in 1944 under the leadership of Carolyn Engler as The Lynn Cancer Association, Inc. As the result of continued growth and to better reflect its commitment to serving all of the communities located within the North Shore of Massachusetts, the Association was officially renamed the Boston North Cancer Association, Inc. in 2011.


Susan McCarthy, President | Kevin S. McCarthy, Esq., Vice President | Vincent Leach, Recording Secretary | Marie C. Kelleher, Treasurer | Diane Solomine Edgett, Assistant Treasurer


Donna Barrett, RN; Adria Duijvesteijn; Dianna Fisher, RN; Marion Garfinkel, RN; Teri Hall; Laurie Hamill; Michael Hope; Herbert H. Leventhal, MD; Joan Mahoney, RN; Carmela Mancini, DO; Joseph Majchrzak; Barbara Bargoot Sarno; David J. Solimine Sr.; Dan St. John, Kendra St. John; Lisa Whelan, RN; Janel Woodhouse; and John Woodward.

Honorary Director

Calantha Sears

Development Manager

Justine Chamberlin

Board of Directors

BNCA Board Members
2019 Board: (l-r seated) Diane Solimine Edgett, Susan McCarthy, David J. Solimine, Sr., Dr. Carmela Mancini; (l-r standing) Kevin McCarthy, Michael Hope, John Woodward, Barbara Bargoot Sarno, Marion Garfinkel, Joan Mahoney, Marie Kelleher, Dianna Fisher, Teri Hall, Janel Woodhouse, Laurie Hamill. Not pictured: Donna Barrett, Mary Knowles, Adria Leach, Vincent Leach, Dr. Herbert H. Leventhal, Joseph Majchrzak.

Please consider donating today!

Boston North Cancer Association, Inc. is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible.

How Boston North Cancer Association helps others:
Dear Boston North Cancer Association, Thank you so much for awarding me 
the generous David J. Solimine Sr. Honorary Scholarship. It means so much more to me and my family..(click to read more)

Gillian Guerin

David J. Solimine Sr. Honorary Scholarship Recipient
I am honored to have the opportunity to share my story with the Boston North Cancer Association community. Receiving my scholarship in 2013 allowed me to leap over adversity and begin on the path to a successful career. My story starts...(click to read more)

Andrew Gibson

Hope Begins Here Scholarship Recipient
Anyone who knew my dad would describe him as an insightful, clever, and giving person. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need, whether it be offering his spot-on advice or help with your math homework. It only seems fitting for me to share a bit about my dad with all of you...(click to read more)

Erin Curley

Hope Begins Here Scholarship Recipient
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