Conquer Cancer with the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk


Welcome back to Wild Workout Wednesday! Today I’m shifting gears a little bit to talk about something a little less wild and a bit more serious but a meaningful cause to me and I’m sure, to many of you! 

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Photo credit to John Deputy

I participated in an Ambassador Activation on behalf of Influence Central for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

 

This year I have decided to participate as a virtual walker in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai to benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s mission to conquer cancer.  

My decision to participate stems from both a strong history of cancer in my immediate family and also an experience I had about 6 years ago as a visitor of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. 

Jimmy Fund Walk

Photo credit to John Deputy

Without going into crazy details, several years ago my mother was diagnosed with a hormone secreting pituitary tumor (acromegaly was the actual condition).  After many consultations and much research, it was decided that she would travel Boston to have her surgery performed by one of the top Neurosurgeons in the country. 

Now, thankfully my mother’s tumor wasn’t cancerous but while staying there and accompanying her to her pre-surgery appointment, waiting for what seemed like days (it was actually several painstaking hours) and watching her recover post-surgery, I witnessed a lot.

I witnessed dedicated nurses and doctors caring for those who were cancer stricken, less fortunate than my mother.  Every day I walked from my on site hotel through the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute over a connected foot bridge and to the Brigham Women’s Hospital where I encountered patients and families who had probably been staying there much longer than I.  

It was heartbreaking to see those families but it was also encouraging to see the doctors who cared, who dedicated their days to finding a cure and making each of those lives better.  

For that reason, I have decided to fundraise and participate this year in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk.  Unfortunately, I live about 6 hours away from Boston so making the trip there won’t happen this year.  

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Photo credit to John Deputy

 

For those of you who do live near, the actual walk itself takes place on September 27, 2015 and includes 4 different routes of varying distances which all end in Copley Square.  

  • Hopkinton 26.2 miles
  • Wellesley 13.1 miles
  • Boston College 5 miles 
  • Dana-Farber 3 miles 

 

Those who participate in the walk are required to fundraise $300, which sounds like it might be difficult but it’s actually much easier than you think.

The Walk website offers various tools to help get you started.  You can personalize your fundraising page plus there is even a Walk FB App you can download with prewritten Facebook posts and more. 

If you don’t live close by (like myself), you can still register as a virtual walker to help raise money to support the cause, fight cancer and raise money for research, patient care and treatments at Dana-Farber. Every little bit counts! 

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Photo credit to Aaron Washington

For more information and to register, visit the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk page.  You can also save $5.00 off the cost of registration using code BLOG


 

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!

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