Patient Partner Program

The patient partner program sponsored by Arbella Insurance is the heart of the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way presented by Hyundai. The Jimmy Fund Walk Heroes inspire us to walk and raise critical funds for cancer research and patient care at Dana-Farber. This year, even as we walk apart, the stories of our Heroes connect us and fuel our fight against cancer.

Past walkers on the Walk course
Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk teams can partner with Walk Heroes from the Patient Partner program

Hero Match Teams

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 2021.

Meet the 2021 Jimmy Fund Walk Heroes

Andrew

Andrew

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"Dana-Farber and the Jimmy Fund has been a place for hope and friendship. I have always felt safe and cared for at the Jimmy Fund. I have met patients just like me and have been able to share our stories and become close friends. I have many hobbies including taekwondo, basketball, baseball, skiing, swimming, and I love playing badminton. When I grow up, I want to be an Egyptologist. I enjoy learning about ancient cultures."

Barbra

Barbra

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"I am so grateful to Dana-Farber for saving my life. I would not be here if it wasn’t for them. As my own caregiver it was very hard, but my team really cared about me and how I was, along with absolutely the best care ever! I am all about paying it forward and giving back and I will always do whatever I can for Dana-Farber."

Caleb

Caleb

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"Drumming, listening to music, and reading about history are my passions, and I also admire all aspects of nature. I am studying Political Science at Clark University. I hope to work in government someday, but as a representative of my community—not as a politician."

Cheyenne

Cheyenne

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"My favorite color is blue. I love to go in my pool and jump on my trampoline. I want to be a SCUBA diver when I grow up."

Chloe

Chloe M.

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"My name is Chloe and I love to do art and my most favorite thing is being with my friends. I love all the Jimmy Fund nurses because they are always super nice to me when I come in."

Christina

Christina

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"We are so lucky to have such a great hospital that really cares about their patients. Dana-Farber is extremely knowledgeable and cares about your well-being. I have an amazing support system from my beautiful family; they have been there every step of the way."

Christopher

Christopher

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"Dana-Farber helped me get my life back; the Jimmy Fund Walk is a way of expressing my gratitude to the extraordinary doctors, nurses, and technicians who have been by my side throughout my treatment, and to the institution that provides the resources for my team to do what they do."

Chuck Stravin

Chuck

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"Married to my high school sweetheart, proud #GirlDad with 4 amazing and awesome daughters. Bleeds maroon and gold after graduating from both BC High and Boston College and is die-hard Boston sports fan. 5+ years into this fight—amazed by the love and care provided by my DFCI care team. #Blessed."

Gina

Gina

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"I believe that staying positive is the key to having a good life and I am so grateful to my teams of caregivers at Dana-Farber for helping to maintain that positivity. I try to keep my mind open so that I can appreciate the golden moments in every day."

Kadin

Kadin

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"Dana-Farber has been such a support for the last few years to myself and my family. The team of nurses and support staff are the frontline heroes and do not get enough recognition. Thank you for showing your love and support."

King

King

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"I love my family and Paw Patrol friends. I love singing and dancing and playing musical instruments."

Lisa

Lisa

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"I am here today thanks to my amazing Neuro-Oncology team. My goal is to continue to raise awareness for brain tumors and support lifesaving research/treatment at Dana-Farber. I hope that one day a world without cancer can exist."

Lucas

Lucas

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"Dana-Farber is everything. They saved Lucas’s life and took good care of him. We feel he is in the right place and in good hands. They took care of every tiny detail and are very understanding to all the struggles the whole family faces. Lucas loves the resource room (the musical instruments, painting, and playing with play dough)."

Michael

Michael

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"I like how the Jimmy Fund takes care of me and I like playing video games there while I wait for my appointment. At home, I like playing Minecraft, Transformers, Legos, and baseball. When I grow up, I want to be a police officer."

Natalia

Natalia

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"The purpose of our lives is to be happy." - Dalai Lama

Noel Roma

Noel

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"Dana-Farber provides such exceptional care to its patients. As a young woman with breast cancer, there is no good time to be diagnosed. The Young and Strong program has provided that extra layer of support needed to manage treatment and survivorship while juggling my kids’ needs, career, and now the impacts of the pandemic."

Payton

Payton

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"Payton began treatment at the Jimmy Fund Clinic in July 2020 after 30 days in the hospital. Hour after hour of chemo never dampened her spirit or erased her smile. The clinic made a challenging situation so much more bearable with their kindness, focus on the kids’ experience, outstanding nurses, and amazing treatment plans. Now that she is remission, Payton’s goal is to grow her hair like Disney’s Moana."

Poppy

Poppy

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"I just turned 9 and I really like basketball, playing Roblox, and going camping!"

Sophia

Sophia

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"I love dressing up as a princess, singing, and dancing."

Stephanie

Stephanie

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"Thanks to my amazing care team at Dana-Farber, and especially the Inflammatory Breast Cancer team, I was able to get through 19 months of treatment and continue following my passion for travel, SCUBA diving, and underwater photography."

Wells

Wells

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"I love my nurse Jill and Dr. Junne!"

Yael

Yael

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"The Jimmy Fund means to me that I am healthy and especially all the amazing people who helped me through this hard time. After this year, I want to be a child life specialist when I grow up because I want to help kids going through the same thing like my child life specialists helped me. Some of my hobbies are voice, ukulele, homework, crafts, splatter painting, and caring for my siblings."