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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Charlestown residents walk to fight cancer

Participating in September 27 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk
Zach Coville-Carney

CHARLESTOWN, RI — On Sunday, Sept. 27, four Charlestown residents will walk up to 26.2 miles along the historic Boston Marathon® route in the Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk.

Those residents include:

  • CHARLOTTE MATTESON
  • JENNIFER ROSS
  • ANDREW ROSS
  • HANNAH ROSS
They will join 8,500 expected participants in the Walk which raises the most money of any single day walk in the country. This year’s fundraising goal is to raise more than $8.2 million for the Jimmy Fund for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event has raised more than $100 million in its 27-year history. Since 1989, the Boston Athletic Association has supported the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk and since 2002 Hyundai has been the presenting sponsor.


“The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai 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, Assistant Vice President of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. “Their dedication and commitment enables Dana-Farber to make progress 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 a.m.
  • Wellesley 13.1-mile, rolling start: 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Boston College 5-mile, rolling start: 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 3-mile, official start: 1:45 p.m., which will include 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 live 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.

To register for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai on Sept. 27, 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.

About The Jimmy Fund

The Jimmy Fund (www.JimmyFund.org) solely supports Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to 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-Mass 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 patients and families worldwide. Follow the Jimmy Fund on Facebook:

About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, a principal teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is world-renowned for its leadership in adult and pediatric cancer treatment and research. Designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), it is one of the largest recipients among independent hospitals of NCI and National Institutes of Health grant funding. For more information, go to www.dana-farber.org