Patient Partner Program

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.

Past walkers on the Walk course
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.

Jimmy Fund Walk Heroes

Anna

Anna

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"I love to be outdoors: skiing, playing on my swingset, riding my bike, and going on adventures with my family."

Breslyn

Breslyn

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"The Jimmy Fund Clinic is a fun and safe place for Breslyn. Breslyn loves gymnastics and swimming. She has two sisters and two dogs."

Charlie Benoit

Charlie Benoit

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"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!"

Cheyenne

Cheyenne

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"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."

Chloe Svolos

Chloe Svolos

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"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."

Chuck Stravin

Chuck Stravin

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"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!"

Finbar

Finbar

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"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!"

Gina

Gina Gebhard

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"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."

Grace

Grace

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"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!"

Gracie

Gracie

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"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!!!"

Hannah

Hannah R.

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"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!"

Hannah

Hannah S.

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"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."

Isabella

Isabella

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"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."

Kadin

Kadin

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"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."

Kate

Kate

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"I'm 12 years old and I love to draw, play with my dog, and play on my Nintendo. Go Jimmy Fund!!!"

Lucas

Lucas

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"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."

Madison

Madison

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"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."

McKenzie

McKenzie

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"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."

Michael

Michael

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"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."

Peter Imonti

Peter Imonti

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"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."

Poppy

Poppy

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"I am 8 years old and I love to play dolls. I also really like to ride my scooter."

Scott Sterling

Scott Sterling

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"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."

Yvonne Cain

Yvonne Cain

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"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."