34th Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk Raises Millions for Cancer Care and Research

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Thanks to the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk for contributing this news to Westwood Minute.

On October 2, 2022, more than 7,500 walkers from all over the country came together to defy cancer, collectively raising over $8 million for cancer care and research at the iconic Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. The walk is an annual fundraiser for the Dana-Farber Cancer Insititute (Dana-Farber) and fundraising continues through the end of October.

The Jimmy Fund Walk has raised more than $160 million over its 34-year history. Funds raised from the Jimmy Fund Walk support all forms of adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber.

Patients, families, friends, and more than 750 volunteers were joined by doctors, nurses, and clinicians from Dana-Farber at the event. Thirty-five residents from Westwood were registered to participate.

“Throughout the Jimmy Fund Walk’s 34-year history, we have raised money to support our lifesaving mission, and the pandemic didn’t stop us,” said Zack Blackburn, director of the Jimmy Fund Walk. "The past two years, we saw our teams walk virtually and celebrate in their own unique way. This year, we welcomed them to walk the Boston Marathon course in person. We are back, and we are stronger than ever.”

Walk participants could choose from four distance options: a 5K Walk, 10K Walk, Half Marathon Walk, or Marathon Walk. All routes finished at the Copley Square Finish Line. Virtual participants could also select their own route—whether in their neighborhood, on a favorite hiking trail, or on a treadmill at home. 

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