The patient partner program sponsored by Boston 25 is the heart of the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way presented by Hyundai. They inspire us to walk and raise critical funds for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber. They are our Heroes. This year, even as we walk apart, the stories of our Heroes connect us and fuel our fight against cancer.
Meet our Heroes below.
Each year, Jimmy Fund Walk Heroes are matched with Walk teams that walk and fundraise in their honor. The 2020 Hero Program is complete. Thank you to all Heroes and Match Teams for participating! If you are interested in being a Match Team in the future, please contact Amy Lusa, Hero Program Coordinator.
Read Abel's Quote
"I love to spend time with family. I love Terrence Brooks, the Patriots, and my superheroes."
Read Anna's Quote
"I love to be outdoors: skiing, playing on my swingset, riding my bike, and going on adventures with my family."
Read Bam Bam's Quote
"I love playing Fortnite, motor sports, and Batman, and I love being an uncle to the most handsome boy Jolyan."
Read Breslyn's Quote
"The Jimmy Fund Clinic is a fun and safe place for Breslyn. Breslyn loves gymnastics and swimming. She has two sisters and two dogs."
Read Caleb's Quote
"I am very interested in politics, history, architecture, anthropology, and music. I hope to get involved in both local and international politics and want nothing more than to serve my community as best as I possibly can by making our society better."
Read Cassilly's Quote
"The Jimmy Fund is like a second home with loving, caring people. I love crafts and hope to one day work at the Jimmy Fund Clinic as a Child Life Specialist."
Read Charlie's Quote
"As a 9-year survivor of Glioblastoma Multiforme, I have known struggles and set-backs, as well as many successes. Through it all, my Wellness Team at Dana-Farber has been by my side. I could not have come this far without them. My name is Charlie and I am Jimmy!"
Read Cheyenne's Quote
"I love to listen to music and dance. I want to be a scuba diver when I grow up. I love my family and the color pink."
Read Chloe's Quote
"I love to cook, bake, and go on walks with my partner. I’m REALLY into The Office, which is my favorite TV show and the inspiration behind my Walk team's name. As an employee and a patient at Dana-Farber, I am so grateful to come to work every day to make a difference in the lives of other patients and families after seeing the wonderful treatment we received."
Read Chuck's Quote
"As the father of 4 daughters, when I was first diagnosed in 2015 at the age of 48, I set some goals: to see 2 more high school graduations, 4 college graduations, and walk all 4 girls down the aisle someday. Because of Dana-Farber, I have seen those 2 additional high school graduations, 2 out of the 4 college graduations and look forward to walking all 4 girls down the aisle someday. Toni and the entire team on Yawkey 11 have given me hope, taught me what it means to be living with cancer, and have become a second family to Liz and me. I would not be here today without all their great work. Cancer may have started the fight, but we're going to finish it!"
Read Finbar's Quote
"If it wasn’t for everyone associated with Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund Clinic, the last eighteen months of treatment would be much more stressful. They have all become very helpful neighbors in our new neighborhood. We sooo appreciate them!"
Read Geoffrey's Quote
"Two and a half years ago when I was diagnosed with cancer, everything fell apart. Now a college freshman, every day I am thankful for the amazing, lifesaving treatment I received at the Jimmy Fund that has allowed me to enter college healthy and cancer free."
Read Gina's Quote
"My team of health care professionals at Dana-Farber not only saved my life numerous times, but always made me feel like a friend who they truly cared about. Thanks to them, I am able to enjoy life with my husband as we watch our 3 daughters grow into amazing women."
Read Grace's Quote
"Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund saved our baby's life. We are forever grateful and will continue to be active and raise support and awareness for childhood cancer for years to come! Grace loves her family and wants to do anything her big sisters are doing. She’s a happy 3-year-old who is obsessed with Barbies and swimming!"
Read Gracie's Quote
"Gracie loves Olaf, riding her trike, and having fun with her big sister, Lily, and little brother, Benjamin. We are so grateful for all the wonderful doctors, nurses, and providers at the Jimmy Fund Clinic. Go, Gracie, go!!!"
Read Graham's Quote
"I love baseball, dogs (especially my two golden retrievers), skiing, reading, and hiking."
Read Hannah's Quote
"Hannah is the most fun loving girl. She loves adrenaline-filled activities like jumping off the bed onto the bean bag across the room. She is such a happy, beautiful girl and she never gives up even through survivorship!"
Read Hannah's Quote
"Hannah loves to play dress up and put on plays for anyone who will watch. She loves tigers, swimming, and dancing. The Jimmy Fund Clinic for Hannah means crafts, the music room, and seeing friends."
Read Isabella's Quote
"My favorite things are swimming, dancing, playing outside, and playing with my Barbies. At the clinic, I have good nurses and they have the best games in the resource room."
Read Jodie's Quote
"You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. Being a parent with cancer has been the greatest challenge, but Dana-Farber has helped me to be able to do so and inspire others to be strong."
Read Kadin's Quote
"Dana-Farber has supported my family through this difficult journey by providing encouragement, resources, and the best nurses I've ever met. Their dedication is out of this world."
Read Kate's Quote
"I'm 12 years old and I love to draw, play with my dog, and play on my Nintendo. Go Jimmy Fund!!!"
Read Lucas's Quote
"I love my family, especially my crazy brother Chris. This is my second year of treatment and I am almost there to win my battle."
Read Madelyn's Quote
"My name is Madelyn, I love to swim and play on the beach. When I grow up I want to be a Disney Imagineer. All of my nurses at the Jimmy Fund take really good care of me and help me fight cancer."
Read Madison's Quote
"My favorite thing to do is listen to music. I love watching Alex Warren's YouTube videos—they inspire me to stay positive and work hard."
Read Martha's Quote
"We can fight cancer and overcome with great attitude. Keep fighting and trusting yourself."
Read McKenzie's Quote
"I love spending time with my friends and family and I enjoy reading and watching Netflix. It’s hard for me to put into words how much Dana-Farber means to me, it gave me my life back and it provided me with so much love and certainty in such an uncertain time."
Read Michael's Quote
"I love my nurses and doctors at the Jimmy Fund Clinic going there is so much fun! When I grow up, I want to work at Hasbro and make Transformers BotBots."
Read Natalia's Quote
"We have two options, medically and emotionally: give up or fight like hell." - Lance Armstrong
Read Nixon's Quote
"Nixon was diagnosed in 2017 a long way away from his home in Australia. The Jimmy Fund Clinic not only provided world class medical care, but also took care of mind, body, and spirit for the entire family. Nixon loves golf, skiing, rock and roll, and Australia."
Read Noel's Quote
"Dana-Farber and SoulMates has been so important to my care and recovery. Cancer and survivorship are not one day, or one slice of time. After treatment I was lost and alone. The clinicians, social workers, peers, peer mentors, and every person at DFCI becomes a part of your tribe to support everyone living with cancer well beyond the terrible day you hear those awful words."
Read Peter's Quote
"When I think of the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber I am always reminded of the selflessness and caring of the staff and doctors. Because of their work I have been feeling well and enjoying new hobbies: reading, puzzles, and working on learning a new language."
Read Poppy's Quote
"I am 8 years old and I love to play dolls. I also really like to ride my scooter."
Read Quinn's Quote
"Quinn is now 4. He loves school, his sister Maggie, ET, and the Bruins."
Read Sandy's Quote
"This would have been Sandy’s second year participating. The Walk gave her a much needed goal, a reason to train, and surrounded her with incredible people. She could not believe the number of awesome people she met participating last year. Sandy passed away in May. She gave all she had to battle ovarian cancer and she will always be our hero."
Read Scott's Quote
"Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund have provided me with incredible support and hope. I aspire to defeat my diagnosis—not just live with it."
Read Taylor's Quote
"I'm so thankful for all the nurses that helped me get better! I love to be around dogs, my friends, play sports, and go to Nantucket with my family."
Read Yvonne's Quote
"Right after my honeymoon, I was diagnosed with Thyroid cancer, which spread to my neck, chest and lungs. What Dana Farber has meant to me during this 7 year battle is a source of hope—knowing that I have the best doctors and nurses that truly care about me and knowing that I’m always getting the best care and latest treatments available."