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DAPER worker's rare cancer spurs fundraiser

R.J. Lipsky
R.J. Lipsky

MIT Recreational Sports and the Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation (DAPER) are sponsoring an April 26 fundraiser to benefit R.J. Lipsky, a DAPER employee who is fighting a rare form of cancer.

Lipsky, 29, was diagnosed last November with desmoplastic small round cell tumor (DSRCT), a form of cancer that strikes young adults and children, usually males.

Lipsky is undergoing aggressive chemotherapy treatments at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and is unable to work at his job as associate director for fitness programs for MIT Recreational Sports.

Proceeds from the fundraiser, to be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, April 26, at Union Street Grill in Newton, will go toward Lipsky's medical and living expenses.

The cost for the fundraiser is $25 per person, free for children under 12. There will be food and drinks, a raffle and a balloon prize pop. DSRCT wristbands will be available for purchase.

For more information, or to make a donation online, visit

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on April 16, 2008 (download PDF).

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