For my fifth year in a row, this fall I will walk the Jimmy Fund half marathon to raise funds for cancer research and therapies. The photo above is from 2019, when my team walked together and then crowded onto some risers at the finish line for a group photo. In 2020, things will look different: the walk is now called "Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way," and we'll be walking in our own neighborhoods instead of on the Boston Marathon route. But the distances are the same, the team is the same, and the goal is the same: to raise funds to fight cancer!
My husband and I are proud to be part of Team Tara, the largest of all the noncommercial teams, and the most prolific. Over six years we have raised over a million dollars -- !! -- and have been able to provide critical support to cancers that traditionally don't get enough financial help, including lung, pancreatic, and metastatic colon cancer.
When the pandemic hit in March, our co-captains decided to cancel our spring fundraising events, and to mobilize the team to help people on the healthcare front lines. We called it "Spring of Hope," and over ten weeks we met on Zoom, exchanged patterns, secured fabric and elastic, enlisted people with 3D printers, and made face masks, scrub caps, ear savers, and face shields. They have been distributed throughout the region and across the country. It's been very inspiring and satisfying: I personally made over 250 masks and 30 scrub caps, and am still sewing!
But now I need to prepare for the Jimmy Fund Walk, which includes fundraising. My stated goal this year is to raise $1,000, but I'm really aiming for double that. I have way too many people in my life who I love, and who either have cancer now, had it, or have lost their battle with it. It's a brutal disease, and I believe that the funds we all raise help make it less lethal.
If you're willing to support my walk this year, please just hit the red GIVE button below, and give whatever you can.
Thank you very much. I appreciate it.