Residents walking to “Defy Cancer”

Southborough residents are raising funds through the Jimmy Fund Walk

Above: You can donate to show support for Southborough walkers, or sign up to do some walking yourself. (image from fundraising website)

In a few weeks, four residents will be among those using The Jimmy Fund Walk to raise funds for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

This year, the thousands of walkers will include Southborough’s Matthew Dowling, Robert Silver, Dianne Simmons, and Traci Wright.

Here’s more information on how you can support them or join them.

A press release for the October 2nd event touts:

The Jimmy Fund Walk has raised more than $155 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in its 33-year history. 

The release and fundraising website make clear that it’s not too late to join the fundraiser, which offers choices including walking your way (wherever you’d like to remotely participate) or signing up take part in one of in-person walks. Those range in length from 5K to full Marathon – with 12 “refueling stations” along the way:

All four routes of the Jimmy Fund Walk end at the Copley Square Finish Line Powered by Schneider Electric with a celebration complete with food, music, and a speaking program. 

To sign up or support a walker, the public is encouraged to visit or call (866) 531-9255. (Enter the promo code NEWS for $5 off the registration fee.) All registered walkers will receive a bib, medal, and a Jimmy Fund Walk T-shirt.

If you’re looking to support the Southborough walkers, below is more info on them.

One walker’s fundraising page explained his personal motivation:

When my son Jake was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma in 2016, Team SilverStrong was formed with Jake and sister Halle as captains and we joined the Jimmyfund Walk. It’s a magnificent event that he loved being a part of. This will mark the 4th year we walk in Jake’s memory and in doing so, we help fulfill one of his final wishes, to continue as a team to raise funds and help fund a cure for cancer.

In 1978, Jake’s uncle, my brother, Barry, passed away from Osteosarcoma. While there has been progress in the treatment of the deadly disease, it’s clearly not enough. With your help and the rapid advancements in science, we can make a difference so we continue to raise funds for Osteosarcoma research in hopes of a future cure..

Thank you for supporting my Jimmy Fund Walk fundraising efforts. Together, we can defy cancer!

The other fundraising pages simply shared the general goal of defying cancer and “supporting Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s unique 50-50 balance between cutting-edge research and compassionate patient care.” 

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