Updated 10:10 am, July 28
Robyn Nash of Vineyard Haven has been named a Walk Hero for the 2016 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, presented by Hyundai. According to a press release, as a Jimmy Fund Walk Hero, Robyn will help inspire the 9,000 participants expected to take part in the annual event scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 25. Participants will walk up to 26.2 miles along the historic Boston Marathon course to raise money for the Jimmy Fund for lifesaving adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at the nation’s premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk raises the most money of any single-day walk in the nation, and organizers aim to raise more than $8.3 million in 2016.
Robyn was diagnosed with breast cancer and lymphoma, and treated at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. “After 10 years of chemo, I’ve embraced a new mantra,” she says. “Love what you have; accept what you receive; give what you can; forgive what you can’t, and bless what you see. Be the source of light!”
Walk Heroes are matched with Jimmy Fund Walk teams to provide an inspiring opportunity for participants to connect with patients. Often, participants and Hero families form long-lasting friendships that extend beyond the Jimmy Fund Walk. This year, Robyn is matched with the Pink Angels.
“We all know why we’re participating, since so many of us have had personal cancer experiences, but our Heroes really make the connection even deeper,” says Zack Blackburn, assistant vice president of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. “In turn, the walkers provide extra motivation to the Walk Heroes during and after their treatment.”
To register for the 2016 Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, to support a participant, or to volunteer, visit JimmyFundWalk.org or call 866-531-9255. Registrants can enter the promo code NEWS for $5 off the registration fee.