Robert Manning, FM, RNG
While walking the hallways of Dana Farber Cancer Institute, one is likely to meet my father, the well-loved Bob Manning. Retired from 35 years of service at the Polaroid Corporation as a quality control superviser, Bob was intimately introduced to DFCI when his wife of 34 years was diagnosed with cancer. Amply impressed with the care the staff provided to his family, he began volunteering part time in the National Marrow Donor Program office.
This dedicated and out-going chap is quite well rounded. Bob served in the United States Marine Corps (1959-1966) and studied engineering at Northeastern University. Ever energetic, he was honored to bear the torch of the 2002 Olympic Torch Relay Team, through Plymouth, Massachusetts as the torch made its way across the country. He is extremely passionate about his Irish heritage and is also an especially proud father and grandfather.
Involving himself in other areas of the Institute, Bob has completed the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge fundraising bike-a-thon 5 times on the platelet peddler team, has been a member of the Kraft Family Blood Bank's "Team 20" having donated platlets over two hundred times, and was a national and international peripheral blood stem cell & bone marrow courier. Committed to the good of the Institute, Bob is now a permanent part-time employee at the Bing Center for Waldenström’s Macroglobulinemia at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Bob’s current research interests include helping to discover novel correlations among laboratory results, medical history, and burden of disease within Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia. (Thank you to Julie Manning for a spot on characterization of her Dad.)