Residents supporting Dana Farber through Jimmy Fund’s “Walk Your Way”

On October 3rd, the Jimmy Fund is holding a special fundraiser. Four Southborough residents are using the event to support cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The Jimmy Fund is inviting walkers to choose their own route for this year’s virtual walk:

Participants are encouraged to “Walk Your Way” from wherever they are most comfortable—whether that be from their neighborhood, favorite trail, or from a treadmill in their own home.

Promoters shared news on Southborough’s support:

Sherri Klein, Kristen Mansour, Robert Silver, and Dianne Simmons, along with thousands of other walkers, will participate in virtual programming during the Walk that aims to recreate the most inspiring elements of Walk day. While the event will not physically bring walkers together along the famed Boston Marathon® course, it will unite the community to raise funds to support all forms of adult and pediatric care and cancer research at the nation’s premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The event has raised more than $150 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in its 30+ year history.

The community is invited to join them:

Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way logoThis year’s event will have a lower fundraising requirement, $100 for adults and $25 for those under 18, with a $5 registration fee. All registered walkers will receive a bib and medal and the first 5,000 to register will receive a Jimmy Fund Walk T-shirt.

Anyone interested in additional information can reference the Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way frequently asked questions or can send an email to JimmyFundWalk@DFCI.Harvard.edu. Funds raised from the Jimmy Fund Walk support all forms of adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at the nation’s premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Boston Athletic Association has supported the Jimmy Fund Walk since 1989, and Hyundai has been the presenting sponsor since 2002.

To register to walk (#JimmyFundWalk) or to support a walker visit www.JimmyFundWalk.org or call (866) 531-9255. All Jimmy Fund Walk participants are encouraged to utilize the Charity Miles App to help with training and fundraising, engage with Dana-Farber patient stories and podcasts, and much more! Download the app here.

Of course, you don’t have to walk to support the cause. You can also donate. Each of the residents has a fundraising page, some with their personal reasons for supporting the cause. I’m including their information and links below.

Sherri Klein’s fundraising page promotes:

WHY I’M FUNDRAISING WITH THE JIMMY FUND WALK TO FIGHT CANCER

I love you kid.”

Those were the last words my father said to me on September 29, 2018. My father was diagnosed with an aggressive form of lymphoma and died days later at age 77.

Ron Woolhouse was a kind, gentle and compassionate soul. His strong values and principles guided him daily, and you could always count on him to find the silver lining. He taught me how to pour a beer and start a campfire. He taught me to love deeply and to appreciate every moment. He taught me that life is short, often brutal, and the best way to combat that was with a good laugh with family and friends. I looked up to him and I can only hope that his patience, loyalty, humor, an amazing presence live on in myself and my boys. He was most definitely one of a kind and my life has not been the same since he left. I miss his voice, advice and energy.

This year I am participating in the 2021 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way presented by Hyundai, taking steps toward the ultimate finish line: a world without cancer! I am walking for my dad and all those lost to cancer, and fighting cancer.

Dianne Simmons is part of team Collier Strong. Her team wrote:

We’re back for Year 9 of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk! We on Team Collier walk in Officer Sean Collier’s memory, in order to carry on his generosity towards the Jimmy Fund after his passing. Sean would think we’re crazy for embarking on this endeavor year after year, but we wouldn’t miss it for anything.

You can also support the efforts of Robert Silver (of team Silver Strong) and Kristen Mansour.

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