Fighting Cancer with a Walk

The neighborhoods in and around downtown Boston, including our own, were crowded Sunday with walkers and many, many observers and silent participants doing their thing to raise money for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk.

According to the Jimmy Fund, approximately $7.5 million was raised for the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and 8500 men and women participated directly in a walk anywhere from 3 miles to 26 miles along the Boston Marathon route.

Over the years, the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk has raised nearly $80 million since it first began in 1989, according to officials of the Jimmy Fund.

The fight against cancer touches all our lives in one form or another as cancer, like heart disease, is one of the leading causes of death in the United States.

Eradicating cancer is the goal. Finding cures for what ails us when cancer strikes is the goal.

Rallying around those who have suffered with cancer and giving rise to their call for the fight is what the walk is all about.

Our thanks to all those who participated.

It is a wonderful gesture.

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