Islanders walk to fund cancer research
On Sunday, Sept. 17, more than 6,000 people will walk the 18th Annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, and among them will be Jamestowners Vicki, Deken, Blakeley, and Benjamin Schmidt, Joanne Phillips, Mary Lovegreen, Eileen Tiexiera, and Maryanne England.
All the walkers are committed to improving the lives of those with cancer. They are part of team Just Wings, formed in memory of Anabelle Blakeley Peterson, the Schmidt's 7-year-old niece, who died on Aug. 26, 2005 after a three-year battle with brain cancer.
Anabelle loved visiting Jamestown. Collecting shells and sea glass was her favorite activity. The Jimmy Fund Walk follows the historic course of the 26.2mile Boston Marathon route. The Jimmy Fund supports the fight against cancer at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, whose research raises the chances of survival for both children and adults. DanaFarber is consistently ranked the number one cancer hospital in New England. Those interested in learning more, providing support, or joining the team Just Wings should visit www.jimmyfundwalk. org.