More than 250 residents from Boston will participate in the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai on Sunday, October 2.
Charlestown residents Steph Martin, Natalie Gallagher, Jack Gallagher, Juliette Steinkrauss, Stacy Rosenbloom, Alex Brussard, and Kelsey Doherty will join 244 Boston residents along with thousands of other walkers, will participate in the iconic annual event that will unite the community to raise funds to support all forms of adult and pediatric care and cancer research at the nation’s premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Jimmy Fund Walk has raised more than $155 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in its 33-year history.
Tianna Burns, age six, and Nick Hungerford will participate as Walk Heroes for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Heroes are matched with Jimmy Fund Walk teams to give participants an opportunity to connect with patients. Tianna was diagnosed with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia and is matched with CFS Inc. Tianna’s family writes, “she is a funny and caring child who wants to be a doctor when she grows up.”
Nick was diagnosed with Recurring Ewings Sarcoma. Nick walks on his Match Team, Young Adult Program. “My Dana-Farber team tries as hard as I do to keep me alive,” Nick writes. “They give me the chance to live every day with the enthusiasm and drive that I demand from myself. I couldn’t be more grateful for every extra day they give me.”
“Throughout the past 33 years, the Jimmy Fund Walk has continuously supported life-saving research and cancer care at Dana-Farber. And the pandemic didn’t stop us,” said Zack Blackburn, Director of the Jimmy Fund Walk. “Over the past two years, participants walked virtually and celebrated in their own unique ways. Now, we welcome them to walk the course in person. We are back, we are together, and we are stronger than ever.
Participants have the flexibility to choose from four distance options: 5K Walk (3.1 miles from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), 10K Walk (6.2 miles from Newton), Half Marathon Walk (13.1 miles from Wellesley), or Marathon Walk (26.2 miles from Hopkinton). Participants can also choose to join the event virtually by “walking their way” from wherever they are most comfortable—in their neighborhood, on a favorite hiking trail, or on a treadmill at home. Virtual programming and supporting materials are available.
Along the course, walkers are treated to 12 refueling stations as well as poster-sized photographs of patients – Jimmy Fund Walk Heroes – displayed at each mile and half-mile marker as inspiration. All four routes of the Jimmy Fund Walk end at the Copley Square Finish Line Powered by Schneider Electric with a celebration complete with food, music, and a speaking program.
To register for the Jimmy Fund Walk (#JimmyFundWalk) or to support a walker, visit www.JimmyFundWalk.org or call (866) 531-9255. Registrants can enter the promo code NEWS for $5 off the registration fee. All registered walkers will receive a bib, medal, and a Jimmy Fund Walk T-shirt.