The Big Bake Sale—and the Power of Community


— Lori Yaverbaum
Director, Web Services & Usability

Eight years ago, I signed up to participate in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Light the Night Walk, which is a very cool event set up to raise money for blood cancer research, honoring both survivors and those who have lost their lives to a blood cancer. Having just finished treatment for my own non-Hodgkin’s diagnosis, it meant the world to me that I was able to put together a team (the Eradicators) and give back to the organization that helped to save my life. In order to fundraise, I organized a bake sale in our Waltham office, where the Web Services & Usability team helped me in raising approximately $500. (more…)

Jimmy Fund Walk: Team Blisters for Bucks

—Catharine Zink
Junior Graphic Designer


On September 21, I joined my friend and team captain, Nicole Sweeney, and 8,800 other participants in the Jimmy Fund Walk along the Boston Marathon route to support Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s mission to conquer cancer. (more…)

Ride for the Cure

Sam Millette PMC

—Sam Millette

This past weekend I participated in the Pan-Mass Challenge (PMC) along with my dad, a few family friends, and some 5,500 other riders. Now in its 35th year, the PMC is a two-day, 192-mile bike race that is the largest athletic fundraiser in the country. This year, the goal for the race is to generate at least $40 million of donations for the Jimmy Fund and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. (more…)

Volunteer Spotlight: Lori Yaverbaum

ImageLori Yaverbaum has been a part of the Commonwealth community since 2001 and is currently the director of our Web Services & Usability team. In this role, Lori oversees all aspects of the layout and navigation for our web-based products and services and ensures the best possible user experience on an ongoing basis. She is one of a select few who were elected to a year-long appointment on the Commonwealth Cares board for a 2013–2014 term.