Hero Program

The Hero Program is the heart of the Jimmy Fund Walk! Jimmy Fund Walk Heroes are Dana-Farber Cancer Institute patients who volunteer to share their stories and inspire walkers to walk and raise critical funds for cancer research and patient care.

If you are interested in being a 2024 Jimmy Fund Walk Hero or Hero Match Team, please email us.

Two young walkers standing with a Hero poster
Jimmy Fund Walk touching a Hero poster on the course

Hero Match Teams

Each Jimmy Fund Walk Hero is matched with a Jimmy Fund Walk team, who walks and fundraises in their honor. Every year, we host the Hero Match Party so Heroes, their families, and Match Team Captains can meet one another. Stay tuned for the 2024 date!


Justyna is a 2024 Jimmy Fund Walk Hero.

“Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund is my life preserver in the rough seas of cancer. Although I’m on long-term disability now from my airline job as a pilot, I’m grateful for simply being alive and present. At Dana-Farber, I’m Justyna first, and a cancer patient second. While my team works hard, I do my best to stay positive and laser focused on the future and beating glioblastoma. I AM JIMMY!”

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