This was submitted by the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk.
Nine Andover residents were recently honored as Pacesetters for the 2011 Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai. The Pacesetters collectively raised more than $33,000 of the nearly $7 million in the 2011 Jimmy Fund Walk, which benefits adult and pediatric cancer research and care at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Pacesetters are dedicated walkers who are committed to raising at least $1,250 for Dana-Farber. In 2011, nearly 1,300 of the 8,500 walkers achieved Pacesetter status. On March 25, the 2011 Pacesetters were recognized at the Jimmy Fund Walk’s Extra Mile Brunch at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.
Pacesetters are the fundraising “stars” of the event. To achieve Star Pacesetter recognition, walkers must raise $1,250; Two-Star Pacesetters raise $2,500; Three-Star Pacesetters raise $5,000 and walkers who raise $10,000 achieve Four-Star Pacesetter status. Young Pacesetters are children age 12 and younger who raise at least $500.
“The commitment of our walkers, especially at the Pacesetter level, is crucial to the Jimmy Fund Walk’s fundraising efforts,” said Ann Beach, director of the Jimmy Fund Walk.
The 24th annual Jimmy Fund Walk will take place on Sunday, Sept 9 and aims to raise more than $7.5 million. Nearly 9,000 people are expected to participate. Since 1989, the Jimmy Fund Walk has raised nearly $80 million for Dana-Farber.
The Jimmy Fund Walk, a one-day charity walk that supports all cancers at Dana-Farber, gives participants a unique opportunity to walk the historic Boston Athletic Association’s (BAA) Boston Marathon route and to raise money for Dana-Farber. The BAA has supported the Jimmy Fund Walk for 24 years.
To register for the Jimmy Fund Walk, or to support a walker or virtual walker, visit www.JimmyFundWalk.org or call (866) 531-9255.
Here are the nine Andover residents honored below:Stephen Alepa Andover MA Darian Bhathena Andover MA Myra Bhathena Andover MA Mark Burkhard Andover MA Sadie Cheever Andover MA Wayne Davis Andover MA Shalia Gwiazda Andover MA Elliott Jacobowitz Andover MA Maureen Young Andover MA