Partner Program

The Partner Program is a cornerstone of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge. The program features both the Patient Partner Program, which pairs runners with children currently or previously treated at the Jimmy Fund Clinic, and the In-Memory Program, through which team members run in memory of young patients who are forever in our hearts. Participants and their paired runners enjoy a series of events prior to Marathon Weekend. The program culminates on Marathon Monday as runners reach the Mile 25 mark in Boston and are greeted by heartfelt cheers, hugs, and high fives to reenergize them for the remaining mile.

Participants of the Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Partner Program

Program Details and Events

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MATCH PARTY

Runners get together with their Patient Partners and their families at this funfest featuring teamwork, games, and sweet treats.

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IN-MEMORY DINNER

An evening to celebrate the lives of young patients no longer with us, the In-Memory Dinner gathers runners and the families of their In-Memory partners.

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MARATHON DAY

The culmination of this program is Patient Partners and In-Memory families cheering on runners at the Mile 25 mark in Kenmore Square.

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Partner Program participants

How to Apply

Deepen your connection with our mission and request to be matched in the Partner Program. Runners accepted to the team are eligible to apply; those selected will be notified by late fall.

PATIENT STORY

"We never expected such an amazing relationship to develop between our son, Hugh, and his runner, Aaron. Aaron accompanied Hugh on occasional visits to the Jimmy Fund Clinic, making the days easier as they played video games together. Aaron would come spend time playing baseball, or coloring if Hugh was too sick to play. He became part of our family.

For anyone thinking of being a part of the Partner Program, I urge you to do so. You never know where it may lead, or how much it can mean to a child going through treatment."

- Mahala, Hugh’s mom

Dana-Farber Marathon Challenge Partner Program participants