On Sept. 18, 16 residents from Dedham will walk up to 26.2 miles along the historic route of the Boston Marathon® in the 23rd annual Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai. They will be among the nearly 9,000 walkers expected to participate with the collective goal of raising more than $7.5 million for lifesaving adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute through its Jimmy Fund.
The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai is the only event, other than the Boston Marathon itself that is sanctioned by the Boston Athletic Association to use the official course from Hopkinton to Boston. The Walk is the largest single-day participatory event benefiting the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Since its 1989 inception, the Walk has raised more than $73 million.
“We are thankful to everyone involved in the Walk who is committed to raising funds for cancer care and research at Dana-Farber,” says Ann Beach, director of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. “Through the event, walkers are united by the common goal of funding cures for all cancers.”
Participants may choose to walk one of four routes: the entire 26.2-mile Hopkinton to Boston route, the 13.1-mile Babson to Boston route, the 5-mile Boston College route, or the 3-mile route starting at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Those unable to participate on Walk Day can become “virtual walkers” and still fundraise for the Jimmy Fund.
Walkers begin in Hopkinton between 5:30-7:30 a.m.; at Babson College between 8:30-10:30 a.m.; at Boston College between 10 a.m. and noon; and in Boston between noon and 1:15 p.m. At the Copley Square finish area, walkers are treated to complimentary food, beverages, a speaking program, and entertainment.
All walkers must raise a minimum of $250, except for walkers 12 years old and younger who have a fundraising minimum of $100. Pacesetters are extraordinary fundraisers who raise $1,250 or more. Young Pacesetters are children 12 years old and younger who raise at least $500.
Walkers from Dedham:
To register for the 23rd annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, to support a walker, or to volunteer, visit www.JimmyFundWalk.org or call (866) 531-9255.
About the Jimmy Fund
The Jimmy Fund supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, helping to raise funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research and improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world. It is an official charity of the Boston Red Sox, as well as the official charity of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, the Pan-Massachusetts Challenge, and the Variety Children's Charity of New England. Since 1948, the generosity of millions of people has helped the Jimmy Fund save countless lives and reduce the burden of cancer. For more information, visit www.jimmyfund.org.