A couple of weeks ago, two representatives from Team Collier were invited to the Jimmy Fund’s Hero Match Party at Dave & Buster’s in Woburn, as we’re participating in the Hero Match Program this year. The purpose of the match party is for Walk Teams to meet the Walk Hero that they’re paired up with so they can talk, get to know each other, and hang out and have some fun. Jen, the Team Captain, couldn’t make it, so I went with my teammate Chris. Unfortunately, our Hero couldn’t make it, but Chris and I decided to go anyway to learn a little more about the program and to meet some of those people that we walk in support of.
So, you’re probably wondering what a Hero is. Heroes are actual Dana-Farber patients who benefit directly from the funds that we raise year after year. Their photos are also used as Mile Markers (and half-mile markers) throughout the walk to remind us why we’re trekking along for hours and hours and raising all of this money. Most of the Heroes are children, but there are also about a dozen adults who are Heroes this year.
While we were at the party, we met a pretty inspirational young lady who, despite a year and a half of chemo, is entering her sophomore year of high school being only one class’s worth of credits behind. This year she’s planning to participate in the walk herself so she can raise money to give back. This is honestly one of those most amazing things I’ve discovered by attending all of these Pacesetter events…that DFCI patients and their families LOVE to give back. They want other people to become survivors, too, and they know that the money we raise is instrumental in research, development, and overall patient care.
We also met up and chatted with some of the Walk Staff, who are pretty amazing people as well. (Hi guys!) Everything that they do to put together these events and to make things run smoothly on Walk Day is truly admirable. None of this would be possible without them.
(Check out the Jimmy Fund Walk’s Facebook page to see pictures from the event.)
We’re about 2 months away from Walk Day, and I’m getting pretty excited about it. I’m excited to look for our Hero’s mile marker. I’m excited to walk the entire marathon route again. I’m excited that the donations keep rolling in and that I’m more than halfway to my fundraising goal. The only thing I’m not excited about is the kazoo that Chris won with all of his points…he intends on bringing it on the walk. I can’t imagine 26.2 miles of this! (ha!)
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To donate to the team, visit this page and click “Give to Team” on the upper right hand side.
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As always, feel free to share this post with your friends and family, and thank you so much to everyone who has donated to my walk this year and in years’ past.