Lyndeborough residents taking part in Jimmy Fund Walk

  • Jimmy Fund Walk Hero Emily Hanks. COURTESY PHOTO

Published: 9/8/2023 3:15:20 PM
LYNDEBOROUGHResidents taking part in Jimmy Fund Walk

Lyndeborough residents Jennifer Hanks and Carmen Hazelton will participate in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk Sunday, Oct. 1.

The event raises funds to support all forms of adult and pediatric care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The Jimmy Fund Walk has raised more than $167 million for Dana-Farber Cancer in its 34-year history, raising a record-breaking more than $8.8 million in 2022.

Emily Hanks, 14, will participate as a Walk Hero. Heroes are matched with Jimmy Fund Walk teams to give participants an opportunity to connect with patients. Emily was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic lymphoma, and her mother is walking with her match team, For the Love of Em.

“I enjoy crafts, building Star Wars Legos, and learning about history,” Emily wrote. “I always look forward to visiting with Kate in the Teen Room and picking snacks and toys from the Evan's Cart at the Jimmy Fund Clinic.” 

The Jimmy Fund Walk is on the Boston Marathon course, and participants have the flexibility to choose from four distance options: a 5K walk from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Longwood Medical Campus, a 10K walk (rom Newton, a half-marathon walk from Wellesley and a marathon walk from Hopkinton. 

Whatever route walkers choose, participants will be treated to 10 refueling stations as well as poster-sized photographs of patients – Jimmy Fund Walk Heroes – displayed at each mile and half-mile marker as inspiration. All four routes of the Jimmy Fund Walk will culminate at the Jimmy Fund Walk finish line, which due to construction in Copley Square has been moved to the Fenway neighborhood for 2023.

Walkers should know that distances may be slightly shorter as they finish the walk in front of Fenway Park. The finish line will include a celebration complete with food, music and a speaking program.

Participants can also join the event virtually by “walking their way” from wherever they are most comfortable – in their neighborhood, on a favorite hiking trail or on a treadmill at home. Materials to support virtual walkers are available.

To register to walk or volunteer at the Jimmy Fund Walk, or to support a walker, visit or call 866-531-9255. Registrants can 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.

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