December 8, 2019
 
Walk/Run Events Raise $9.7M for Cancer Research, Treatment

September 23, 2019 — Two events held yesterday, one in Worcester and the other in Boston, attracted thousands of people who walked up to 26 miles to raise more than $9.7 million for cancer research and related care giving, registering increases over last year, both in terms of funds raised and participants.

The 21st annual UMass Cancer Walk & Run, organized and hosted by UMass Medical School in Worcester, which is now one of the largest one-day fundraising events in the Worcester area, drew 9,500 participants to raise an estimated $750,000.

The funds will support adult and pediatric cancer research and care, as well as fellowship positions at UMass Medical School.

Last year's event raised $650,000.

This year's event featured two walks, a one-mile and a five-mile version, in which 9,000 people participated, up from last year's 8,000. Another 500 people joined in a separate five-mile run, up from last year's 300.

Walkers and runners started and ended their jaunts at the school's Lake Avenue campus on routes that took them to Lake Quinsigamond and parts of Shrewsbury.

A total of 350 volunteers assisted with yesterday's UMass Cancer Walk & Run.

A spokesperson attributed the increase in participation and amount raised, in part, to the addition of an after party this year, which featured food trucks, games, and live music.

Sponsors included Carr Financial, Revelation Productions, Panera Bread, Bayer, Genentech, and Agios Pharmaceuticals.

Funds were raised by individual efforts of participants. Runners paid a $35 registration fee, while walkers paid a $10 registration fee.

The event has raised more than $14 million since it started 20 years ago.

Jimmy Fund Marathon on Target to Raise $9M

The 31st annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, which featured four routes, including one that traces the 26.1 miles of the Boston Marathon from Hopkinton to Copley Square in Boston, anticipated meeting its goal to raise $9 million. A final tally won't be known until Oct. 31.

Eight thousand walkers and 1000 runners, supported by 1,000 volunteers, participated in yesterday's Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk.

Last year, the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk drew 8,200 participants and raised $8.5 million.

Funds raised by yesterday's event will support the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, including more than 800 active clinical trials, as well as support and resources for patients and their loved ones.

A spokesperson for the event said the organization seeks to raise participation and fundraising numbers each year, noting that yesterday's summerlike weather likely helped spur this year's totals.

Walkers paid a $40 registration fee to participate. Adults committed to raising a minimum of $340, and youth participants committed to raising a minimum of $140.

Participants then raised funds via a variety of approaches, including hosting their own events, running yard sales, and engaging in other outreach approaches.

Major sponsors of the event included Hyundai, 47, Arbella Insurance Group, Body Armor, Boston 25 News, Cape Cod Potato Chips, Crystal Rock, Genentech, General Mills, Kind, Kings Dining & Entertainment, Lilly Oncology, Magic 106.7, Moo.com, Needham Bank, RCN, Savings Bank Life Insurance, Schneider Electric, Vita Coco, and The Vitamin Shoppe.

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