Unfortunately another year has gone by and they have not developed a cure for cancer. They have made many advancements in cancer research but we are not there yet. Because of that I am once again participating in the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk for 2022 taking steps toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer!
Most of you have known me for years and know my passion for supporting the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber in their mission to find a cure for cancer and providing the best patient care possible. My first exposure to cancer came in 1951 when I lost my father when I was 7. Since that time I have lost many family members and friends to cancer and in 2017 I myself was treated for melanoma. Having been a police officer for almost 40 years there hasn't been much I haven't seen. I've had guns and knives pulled on me and been in some very scary situations. But, I can truthfully say, nothing put the fear of God into me more than when I got the call from my Dermatologist telling me the biopsy she took was, in fact, melanoma cancer. I was fortunate that it was diagnosed early and hopefully it has all been removed. However, I still need to go every 6 months for a check up. I was the lucky one. Every year I walk for people I know and their family members who are battling cancer. Some have been successful and beat cancer. Others have not been so fortunate and lost their battle. I walk again this year for my close friend, Ken Goldner, who has been battling Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia (WM) for the past 2 years. Since my walk last year my friend, Dolly Woods, succumbed in her battle with cancer and I have been made aware of 3 other friends or family members who have been diagnosed. This year I walk for them and all those I know who are fighting for their lives. My wife, Penny, and daughter Kimberly, were each diagnosed about 4 years ago as having BHD (Birt-Hogg-Dube'), an extremely rare cancer gene. So there are many selfish reasons for my participation each year in support of the Jimmy Fund. I walk with Team Police Chiefs, which represents police chiefs across the Commonwealth. Since 1947 the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association have had the Jimmy Fund as their only charity.
This year with the walk no longer virtual and returning to the Boston Marathon route I'm hoping the number of participants and money raised increases.. We have witnessed that cancer does not take a break because of the Corona-virus. More than ever the Jimmy Fund needs our support as do those fighting cancer. Each of us can relate to cancer and know someone either with cancer or who has lost their battle. When you make a gift to my walk, you’re directly supporting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s unique 50-50 balance between cutting-edge science and highly compassionate cancer care. Your support allows Dana-Farber leaders to enhance programs and initiatives that serve pediatric and adult patients and their families.
If you would be kind enough to donate to my walk you can log into “Jimmy Fund” and go to “Team Police Chiefs” and click on Michael Healy or if you would rather you can go directly to my personal web page and see exactly all those I walk for which is located at:
If you feel more comfortable contributing by check please make it payable to Jimmy Fund and send it to me at PO Box 51, West Dennis, MA 02670. Thank you in advance for your support of the Jimmy Fund and remember this year more than ever they need your support.
Thank you for supporting my participation in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Together, we can conquer cancer!