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!


Olivia is a 2024 Hero from Pepperell, MA. She is 14 and is matched with her family’s Walk Team, Livybug’s Lineup. Olivia wrote the below poem in 2023 to share with fellow walkers.

“You don't have to be brave,
you just have to keep trying.
You don't have to be strong,
you just have to keep going.
Maybe your superpower is refusing to give up, even on your weakest days.”

Walk hero