Robyn Nash of Vineyard Haven has been named a Walk Hero for the 2014 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk.
Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21, the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk is a one-day fundraising event that raises the most money of any single-day walk in the U.S. This year’s event will bring the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk’s 26-year fundraising total to more than $100 million.
As a Walk Hero, Ms. Nash will help inspire an expected 8,500 participants, who will walk up to 26.2 miles along the historic Boston Marathon route to raise money for the Jimmy Fund for lifesaving adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Ms. Nash was diagnosed with cancer in 2006 and is being treated at Dana-Farber.
On event day, heroes and their families decorate posters and gather on the bridge that overlooks the start of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 3-mile start to cheer on walkers. Along the route, walkers are greeted by poster-sized photographs of all the heroes, which are displayed to inspire participants to keep walking.
The Jimmy Fund Walk offers four routes: 26.2 miles starting from Hopkinton; 13.1 miles starting in Wellesley; 5 miles from Boston College; and 3 miles from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s campus, which includes many patients and their families. All routes end at the Copley Square finish line in Boston. Walkers begin in Hopkinton between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m. (rolling start); at Wellesley High School between 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. (rolling start); at Boston College between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. (rolling start); and at Dana-Farber at 1:30 p.m.
To register for the 2014 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk on Sept. 21 or to support a participant, visit JimmyFundWalk.org or call (866) 531-9255. Registration is easy and walkers can enter the discount code NEWS for $5 off.