Tri-Towners to Participate in Jimmy Fund Walk

On Sunday, September 21, Debbie Cohen, Hailey Cohen, and Lauren Cohen of Marion, and Michelle Drew, Loretta Sherman, and Maryann Sullivan of Rochester will walk up to 26.2 miles along the historic Boston Marathon® route in the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai.

They will join an expected 8,500 walkers with the goal of raising more than $7.5 million for the Jimmy Fund for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, bringing the event’s 26-year fundraising total to more than $100 million. It raises the most money of any single-day walk in the nation. Since 1989, The Boston Athletic Association has proudly supported the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk, and since 2002 Hyundai has been the proud presenting sponsor.

“The Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk unites thousands of people young and old – from adults, children, parents, neighbors, colleagues, cancer patients, to cancer survivors – who share a unified goal to cure cancer,” says Zack Blackburn, director of the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk. “Their dedication and commitment to fundraising enables Dana-Farber to focus on cancer care and research.”

Walkers can choose from four routes along the historic course:

- Hopkinton 26.2-mile, rolling start: 5:30 to 7:30 am

- Wellesley 13.1-mile, rolling start: 8:30 to 10:30 am

- Boston College 5-mile, rolling start: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 3-mile: 1:30 pm, which will include many patients and their families.

Those unable to participate on event day can become “Virtual Walkers” and fundraise for the event online. The Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk finishes at Copley Square in Boston, where walkers can celebrate and enjoy complimentary food, beverages, a speaking program, and entertainment.

All walkers must raise a minimum of $300, and walkers 12-years old and younger have a fundraising minimum of $100. Pacesetters are extraordinary fundraisers who raise $1,500 or more.

On the evening of September 21, the Prudential Center and The Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge will glow in red and yellow to mark the 26th annual Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk.

To register for the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai on September 21, to support a walker, or to volunteer, visit www.JimmyFundWalk.org or call 866-531-9255. Registrants can enter the discount code NEWS for $5 off the registration fee.

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