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Jimmy Fund walkers determined to raise money, fight cancer

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Kimmy Salley of Reading is lacing up and preparing for her 4 laps around Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield this fall. The 13-mile trek is part of the Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way, which is planned for Oct. 3.It’s an event, and a cause, that Salley is too familiar with.”I started walking in 2006 for my grandfather Harold Bucky Rogers lost his battle to acute leukemia,” he said. In addition, her best friend Carlos lost his fight to prostate cancer three years ago and her aunt is battling a rare stage 4 intestinal tract cancer.Despite all of that, you may be surprised by what Salley thinks when she hears the word, “cancer.””In a way, there is hope when I hear ‘cancer,'” she said. That hope is inspired by the funds her Team Bucky Rogers and others have raised for the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber. Over the course of 30 years, these walks have raised over $150 million for cancer research. “Last year, we did over $6 million in the ‘You’re Way’ format. So, these walkers are raising tremendous amounts of money that is really fueling the mission of Dana Farber,” Shea Newton said.What fuels Salley and Team Bucky Rogers to continue their walks and raise money is that, someday, her own children will know that a cure for cancer has finally been discovered. “This is why I walk. So they can see a world and experience a world without cancer and they don’t have to worry that their parents, or friends, or cousins will get it,” she said. “So, I’m really hopeful that we’ll get there someday.”Over the course of the last 16 years, the team has raised nearly $75,000. Their hope is to increase that to $90,000 by the end of this walk. Donate here.

Kimmy Salley of Reading is lacing up and preparing for her 4 laps around Lake Quannapowitt in Wakefield this fall.

The 13-mile trek is part of the Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way, which is planned for Oct. 3.

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It’s an event, and a cause, that Salley is too familiar with.

“I started walking in 2006 for my grandfather Harold Bucky Rogers lost his battle to acute leukemia,” he said.

In addition, her best friend Carlos lost his fight to prostate cancer three years ago and her aunt is battling a rare stage 4 intestinal tract cancer.

Despite all of that, you may be surprised by what Salley thinks when she hears the word, “cancer.”

“In a way, there is hope when I hear ‘cancer,'” she said.

That hope is inspired by the funds her Team Bucky Rogers and others have raised for the Jimmy Fund and Dana Farber. Over the course of 30 years, these walks have raised over $150 million for cancer research.

“Last year, we did over $6 million in the ‘You’re Way’ format. So, these walkers are raising tremendous amounts of money that is really fueling the mission of Dana Farber,” Shea Newton said.

What fuels Salley and Team Bucky Rogers to continue their walks and raise money is that, someday, her own children will know that a cure for cancer has finally been discovered.

“This is why I walk. So they can see a world and experience a world without cancer and they don’t have to worry that their parents, or friends, or cousins will get it,” she said. “So, I’m really hopeful that we’ll get there someday.”

Over the course of the last 16 years, the team has raised nearly $75,000. Their hope is to increase that to $90,000 by the end of this walk. Donate here.

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