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Bellingham Resident Walks to Fight Cancer for 32nd Year

Bellingham resident, Gary Bastarache, joined the  Boston Marathon® Jimmy Fund Walk presented by Hyundai to help put an end to all types of cancer. “Cancer is a horrible disease, and we need to find a cure now,” Gary writes. This will be Gary’s 32nd year walking. 
Gary is team captain for Team Defeet Cancer. They hope to raise $10,000 this year. This year, the team returns to the iconic Boston Marathon course for the first time in two years. “I am excited that the walk is back to the Boston Marathon route,” Gary writes. “I will be walking the 26.2 miles and get to see all the Hero banners along the root and see all the thousands of walkers and volunteers.”
Gary will be walking with his brother Carl and his sister Tanya, who is a breast Cancer survivor. To Gary, defy cancer means,” no matter what type of Cancer is discovered, there is the hope that doctors and research can find a cure for any type of cancer so no one has to die from this horrible disease.” 
The 2022 Jimmy Fund Walk will take place on Sunday, October 2nd, and raises funds to support all forms of adult and pediatric patient care and cancer research at the nation’s premier cancer center, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Whether participating for themselves, loved ones, neighbors, or co-workers, each walker shares a common purpose: to defy cancer and support breakthroughs that will benefit cancer patients around the world.
This year, participants will return to the Boston Marathon® course after two years of walking virtually. Participants choose from four distance options: 5K Walk (3.1 miles from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), 10K Walk (6.2 miles from Newton), Half Marathon Walk (13.1 miles from Wellesley), or Marathon Walk (26.2 miles from Hopkinton). All routes finish at the Copley Square Finish Line. Walkers can also participate virtually by “walking their way” from wherever they are most comfortable—whether that be in their neighborhood, on a favorite hiking trail, or on a treadmill at home.
The Jimmy Fund Walk has raised more than $155 million for Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in its 33-year history. To register for the Walk (#JimmyFundWalk) or to support a walker, visit or call (866) 531-9255. Registrants can enter the promo code NEWS for $5 off the registration fee. 
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