September 23, 2008
8,000 walk to raise funds for cancer research and care
Walkers get ready to start the 3-mile route from Harvard Medical School.
On Sunday, Sept. 21, the streets from Hopkinton to Boston were filled with approximately 8,000 people taking part in the 20th annual Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk, presented by Hyundai Motor America. This included 11 people who have participated in the Walk every year since it began in 1989.
This year's goal is to raise $7.2 million to fund innovative adult and pediatric cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. During the past 19 years, walkers and their financial supporters have contributed more than $51 million to help reach the goal of a world without cancer. Walkers can still receive pledges to support their efforts, and have until November to collect and send in all of their pledges.
All the participants — whether it was their 20th Walk or their first, whether they took on the entire marathon or one of four other routes, whether they walked in honor or in memory of loved ones affected by cancer — walked to help change the odds for those with cancer.
The day began in Hopkinton with those walking the full Boston Marathon, as well as those who took advantage of a new option to walk a half-marathon from Hopkinton to Wellesley. Most participants opted for the half-marathon which started in Wellesley, and others left from Boston College on the 5-mile route. Many patients and their families walked the final three miles from the Boston start, escorted by more than 100 chiefs of police from across Massachusetts.
The Walk is presented by Hyundai Motor America and is known as Boston's "Hometown Walk" because the event supports the Jimmy Fund, a local charity with international consequence. It is the only event other than the Boston Marathon itself that is sanctioned by the Boston Athletic Association to use the renowned Boston Marathon course.