Patient Partner Program

Each year, adult and pediatric patients from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute volunteer to be a part of the Patient Partner program, which is considered the heart of the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way presented by Hyundai. We call these Patient Partners our Heroes because they inspire the Jimmy Fund Walk community to raise critical funds for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber.

Even as we walk apart, hero photos and experiences serve as inspiration and bring us together against cancer.

The Heroes of the Patient Partner program at the 2018 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk


Check back for more details of what the Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way Hero program will look like this year.

Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk teams can partner with Walk Heroes from the Patient Partner program

Match your team with a Walk Hero

Inspire your team and request to be matched with a Hero. Our Heroes need your support now more than ever. Once matched, your team will walk and fundraise in your Hero’s honor.

All Jimmy Fund Walk Hero Match Teams must register and submit an interest form before being matched with a Hero. The Team Captain or Co-Captain should complete this form. All forms will be reviewed and match teams will be notified in Summer 2020.


Cheyenne is a 2019 Walk Hero who walked the 5K route with Cheyenne's Journey, a first-time Walk team formed in her honor!

“Walking with my family and teacher was so much fun. I liked crossing the finish line and winning!”

2018 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk Hero and Patient Partner