Beacon Hill resident, Alexandra Torres, joined the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai as a way to raise money and awareness for ovarian cancer, a cause that has affected her and her family very personally.
In December 2015, Alexandra’s mother, Michele Torres, was diagnosed with Stage Four Ovarian Cancer. “None of us saw the diagnosis coming,” Alexandra wrote. “During her diagnosis, she underwent extensive surgery and fought through chemotherapy treatments. She has recently decided to share her story so that we might be able to find effective screening measures and better treatment options for this awful disease.”
Alexandra’s mother has now been cancer-free for over two years.
Alexandra hopes to honor her mother by walking in this year’s Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk with her parents, siblings, and friends. Her mother’s team, “Michele’s Ovary Achievers” hopes to raise $10,000 this year. “I really enjoy walking together with patients, families, and coworkers,” Alexandra writes. “It is wonderful to see so many people with different stories come together for such an awesome cause.” The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk is the nation’s highest fundraising single-day walk. Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 22, funds raised from the Walk will support all forms of adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research.To register for the Walk, to support a walker, or to volunteer, visit www.JimmyFundWalk.org or call (866) 531-9255. Registrants can enter the promo code NEWS for $5 off the registration fee.