2008-09-11 / News

Islanders to participate in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk for cancer

By Stephanie Heelan Cotsonas

The "Just Wings" team was tired at the end of last year's Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, but the raised more the $25,000 in pledges over two years to help the charity. The "Just Wings" team was tired at the end of last year's Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, but the raised more the $25,000 in pledges over two years to help the charity. On Sunday, Sept. 21, a team of islanders and others who call themselves "Just Wings," will be participating in the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk which is the largest event benefiting the Jimmy Fund and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

Team Captain Vicki Schmidt of Jamestown formed the team three years ago in memory of her niece, Anabelle Blakeley Peterson, who died of recurrent medulloblastoma in 2005 at the age of 7. She was diagnosed in 2002 with this most common type of pediatric brain tumor. That Christmas, while undergoing treatment, her answer to Santa, when asked what she would like, was "just wings."

Islander Joyce Hooley-Bartlett will be participating for the second time. "Last year I felt physically prepared for the walk but was unprepared for the emotional side," she said when describing the mood and the energy of the walkers.

In 2007, nearly 8,000 walkers raised more that $51 million for the Jimmy Fund and more than 700 teams participate each year. The walk travels along the famed 26.2-mile route from Hopkinton to Boston and the money raised supports research and care for all forms of cancer.

"Just Wings" has raised over $25,000 in its first two years. This year's team has 24 members, 10 of which are from Jamestown. Schmidt said that all members of the team have been touched by cancer in some way. "It is a great way to stay fit while raising funds for a great cause," Schmidt added.

For more information on becoming a member of Just Wings or to support the team with a donation, visit www.jimmyfundwalk. org.

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