Editor's note: The following is from a press release.
On September 9, 7,500 people from around New England laced up their sneakers and took part in the 24th annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai. Whether walking for themselves, loved ones, neighbors, or coworkers, each walker shared a common purpose: to raise money to support adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The following West Roxbury residents participating in the walk:
Each year, the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk gives participants the unique opportunity to walk along the historic Boston Athletic Association’s (BAA) Boston Marathon route. The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk is the only event that is sanctioned to use the BAA’s Boston Marathon course. The goal for this year’s Walk is to raise more than $7.5 million for the Jimmy Fund, which supports the world-renowned Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Contributions can be made through Dec. 31. Since its 1989 inception, the Walk has raised more than $80 million.
Dana-Farber treats adult and pediatric cancer patients and is a pioneer and leader in innovative cancer research. The money raised by walkers directly benefits not only local patients, but also people around the world as top doctors and researchers utilize the work conducted at Dana-Farber.
The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk offered four routes: the 26.2-mile route from Hopkinton to Boston, the 13.1-mile route from Babson to Boston, the 5-mile Boston College route and the 3-mile Dana-Farber route which included many patients and their families. Walkers were treated to refueling stations along the course as well as a victory celebration at the Copley Square finish line, complete with food, music, and a speaking program.
All walkers must raise a minimum of $300 in contributions, except for walkers 12 years old and younger whose fundraising minimum is $100.
Contributions can be made through Dec. 31. To support a walker, visit www.JimmyFundWalk.org.