BOSTON, March 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Registration has officially opened for the 28th annual Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai, the nation's most successful single-day fund-raising walk. Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, the event supports adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at the nation's premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
9,000 participants are expected to register for this year's Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai. In 2015, the event raised more than $8.2 million for the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber. Since 1989, the event has raised over $100 million.
"I've circled my calendar for the fourth Sunday in September, one of my favorite days of the year," said Tara Shuman, cancer survivor, author and a top 2015 fundraising team captain. "Walk Day creates a feeling of togetherness in knowing we're all committed to taking meaningful steps to advance cancer care and research right here in Boston at Dana-Farber."
"Our collective goal is to change lives," said Zack Blackburn, assistant vice president, Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai. "Every step brings us closer to the next breakthrough in cancer research, care and cures for both children and adults. We hope everyone considers joining us on September 25. Once you participate, you'll see why so many walkers make it a priority to come back."
The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk is the only event other than the Boston Marathon® sanctioned by the Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) to use the official marathon name and historic 26.2-mile course. Participants can choose among four route options:
- Marathon Walk (26.2 miles from Hopkinton)
- Half Marathon Walk (13.1 miles from Wellesley)
- 10K Walk (6.2 miles from Newton)
- 5K Walk (3.1 miles from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston's Longwood Medical Area).
All routes finish at the Copley Square Finish Line.
Walkers are treated to 12 refueling stations along the course as well as poster-sized photographs of inspiring Walk Heroes at each mile marker. The event concludes with a celebration at the Copley Square Finish Line, complete with food, music, and speaking program.
All walkers commit to raise a minimum of $300, except for walkers 12-years-old and younger whose fundraising commitment is $100. Pacesetters are extraordinary fundraisers who raise $1,500 or more. There is also a Virtual Walker option for those unable to attend the event on September 25 but who still want to support the cause.
To register for the 2016 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai on Sept. 25, or to support a walker, visit www.JimmyFundWalk.org or call (866) 531-9255. Registration is easy and walkers can enter the promo code NEWS for $5 off.
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: www.facebook.com/thejimmyfund and on Twitter: @TheJimmyFund.
About Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
From achieving the first remissions in cancer with chemotherapy in 1948, to developing the very latest new therapies, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is one of the world's leading centers of cancer research and treatment. It is the only center ranked in the top 4 of U.S. News and World Report's Best Hospitals for both adult and pediatric cancer care.
Dana-Farber sits at the center of a wide range of collaborative efforts to reduce the burden of cancer through scientific inquiry, clinical care, education, community engagement, and advocacy. Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center provides the latest in cancer care for adults; Dana-Farber/Boston Children's Cancer and Blood Disorders Center for children. The Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center unites the cancer research efforts of five Harvard academic medical centers and two graduate schools, while Dana-Farber Community Cancer Care provides high quality cancer treatment in communities outside Boston's Longwood Medical Area.
Dana-Farber is dedicated to a unique 50/50 balance between cancer research and care, and much of the Institute's work is dedicated to translating the results of its discovery into new treatments for patients locally, and around the world.
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