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The one hundred honoree: Judith and Edmund Cadorette

Donor Story

The one hundred honoree: Judith and Edmund Cadorette

Mass General Giving

The Cadorette family—Judy, Ed and their late daughter Michelle, are a family that truly embodies the spirit of giving, despite the tremendous challenges they have faced.

In 2014, Michelle lost her battle with malignant thymoma, an extremely rare tumor affecting about 1 in 100,000 people. During her difficult journey with the disease, Michelle’s optimism and sense of humor were always within reach. During this time, Judy and Ed established the Michelle Cadorette Fund for Malignant Thymoma Research at Mass General. Michelle worked hard to help support this fund, along with raising awareness for the disease, and her efforts were recognized as part of the one hundred in 2010.

Since Michelle’s passing, Judy and Ed have remained actively involved with Mass General. They have supported the hospital through fundraising, including a 5K Run/Walk and a website, In addition, they make their own individual charitable contributions, and have included the hospital in their estate plans. They now also donate profits from Judy’s recently published book, “Live with Courage; Lead with Hope,” which features essays and speeches written by Michelle, along with stories from those who were inspired by her.

In addition, Judy has participated for four years in the Mass General Cancer Center Patient and Family Advisory Council (PFAC). Members learn about important advances at Mass General and recommend ways to enhance experiences for patients and families undergoing treatment at the Cancer Center. Together, the Cadorettes are continually looking for ways to help others.