, Newburyport, MA


August 23, 2013

Health Beat: Locals gear up for Jimmy Fund Walk

A number of local residents will be among the expected 8,500 people trekking up to 26.2 miles in the 25th annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. The one-day fundraising event, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 8, aims to raise more than $7.5 million for adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston.

Participants may choose to walk one of four routes, all culminating at Copley Square in Boston: the entire 26.2-mile Hopkinton-to-Boston route, the 13.1-mile Babson-to-Boston route, the 5-mile Boston College route or the 3-mile route starting at Dana-Farber’s campus.

The local participants include:

Amesbury: Heather Blackmun, Lauren Dufner, Frederick Grogan, Patty Mellon, Damon Pender, Barbara Smolinsky, Cheryl Woodsom

Georgetown: Brian Cray, Daniel Fitton, Courtney Lamagna, Stacie Melchin

Newbury: Doreen Crotty

Newburyport: Megan Ashe, Tracey Glynn, Susan Lane, Deborah Scanlon, Candi Skiba, Alex Smith

Salisbury: Thomas Barry, Courtney Marshall, Kerry Marshall, Louis Masiello, Gary Mowles

West Newbury: Arna Beaudoin, Mary Gorman, Ginny Neff

All adult walkers must raise at least $300, with participants 12 and under contributing at least $100.

Since its inception in 1989, the event has raised nearly $87 million to conquer all forms of cancer.

To register for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, support a walker or volunteer, visit or call 866-531-9255.

After-breast-cancer help offered at Y

Applications are being accepted for Session 10 of the YWCA’s free Encore Program.

Designed for those who have experienced breast cancer at any time in their lives, the session will meet on Wednesdays from Sept. 11 through Nov. 27.

Participants will do land exercises at 5:15 p.m., followed by warm-water pool exercises at 5:50 p.m. The program also includes peer group support and guest speakers.

To apply, visit the YWCA membership desk at 13 Market St., Newburyport, or download an application online at

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