Netflix series star joins Dana-Farber marathon team

LMA—Uzo Aduba, the Emmy-winning co-star of the hit Netflix series “Orange Is the New Black,” will run on the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s fundraiser team in the April 20 Boston Marathon.

Aduba, a Medfield native, plays the popular character “Crazy Eyes” on the dramedy about a women’s prison. She will join more than 500 Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge teammates from across the U.S. and the world in running the marathon.

“Running the Boston Marathon has been a lifelong dream, and I am proud to be supporting Dana-Farber as I make this dream come true on April 20,” said Aduba in a press release. “As someone who grew up outside of Boston, I’ve always respected Dana-Farber’s groundbreaking work in cancer research. I’m honored to be a member of their team, helping to raise money to further this work so that one day we may all live in a world without cancer.”

The team aims to raise $5.2 million for Dana-Farber’s Claudia Adams Barr Program in Innovative Basic Cancer Research.

“We are thrilled to welcome Uzo Aduba to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge this season,” said Jan Ross, senior director of Running Programs at Dana-Farber. “It’s an honor to count Uzo as one of our dedicated DFMC teammates who commit to making a difference by supporting cancer research at Dana-Farber.”

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge runners include cancer survivors and patients, and family and friends of those who have been affected by cancer. Runners of all abilities participate with the goal to help put an end to cancer.

To contribute to the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge, see or contact the DFMC office at 617-632-1970 or [email protected]. The program is also on Facebook at

From press materials.

Uzo Aduba. (Courtesy Photo)

Uzo Aduba. (Courtesy Photo)

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