Walker sets the pace in the fight against cancer
Steve Hollingsworth, of Wellesley, Mass., was only 18 years old when he lost his father to cancer. Over the years, he has also watched his mother, sister, and father-in-law battle the disease, as well as several friends and their family members. Determined to help in the fight against cancer, he registered for the 2007 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk.
"To me, it seems easy to spend one day walking the 26.2 miles, even if it results in blisters or fatigue," said Hollingsworth. "All that is nothing compared to what patients who are battling this disease endure every day."
A financial advisor to the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, Hollingsworth has been a member of that group's Walk team, the Police Chiefs, since he began walking in 2004. The team is also the top fundraising team in the history of the Walk, walking every year since 1998, and Hollingsworth has been a large contributor to the team's fundraising success.
Going the distance
A Pacesetter — or walker who raises $1,000 or more — Hollingsworth has raised $11,200 in just three years. Despite the physical challenge of walking the miles, he looks forward to the Walk every year, and this year Steve has set a goal to walk the entire marathon course — all 26.2 miles of the route. To support his effort, he has pledged to raise $5,000.
For Hollingsworth, the secret to his fundraising success has been his ability to communicate his passion for the cause.
"I don't think about fundraising as asking people to give me money for a charity; I'm just talking passionately about something I believe in; people will want to become part of that," said Hollingsworth. "Talk to everyone whenever the opportunity presents itself — about the event, about your fundraising goals, about the cause. When you yourself are passionate, others will get caught up in that passion."
— Brian Geer