5 years in a row since 2014, my dad and I have begun the last Sunday of September groggily at the Jimmy Fund start line in Hopkinton, MA at 5 AM. The walk brought us, along with 8000 other walkers, through eastern Massachusetts all the way to Boylston Street at mile 26.2. The Jimmy Fund Walk has become a family tradition after 5 years of participating, and we've raised $50,000+ together (thanks to YOUR help). By now, we thought we had the routine down! This year, however, the walk looks a little different- but my motivations are the same.
For 2020, I'll be walking the marathon virtually on my own through NYC, beginning in Brooklyn's Prospect Park, across the Brooklyn Bridge, all the way through Manhattan to the top Central Park. I was committed to keeping this tradition alive because, despite everything happening this year, cancer hasn't paused. And while I recognize that in this strange year there are many people and places in need of donations, I chose to fundraise with the Jimmy Fund knowing that the financial needs of cancer patients remains a burden on families around the country, and that the needs of scientific research haven't gone away.
Funds raised from the walk go directly to supporting both cutting-edge science and cancer care at Dana-Farber. The Jimmy Fund Walk supports programs and initiatives that serve pediatric and adult patients and their families, allowing more equitable access to care and enabling ongoing scientific research to continue unhindered by financial restraints.
A massive thank you to all of this year's donors and supporters, I can't wait to make walk no. 6 a success!