Area police chiefs lacing up for Jimmy Fund Walk

📸 Shaun Moriarty file photo

BOSTON — A group of current and former police chiefs from southern Worcester County will be hitting the streets, not in the fight against crime but rather the fight against pediatric cancer.

Dudley Police Chief Steve Wojnar, Oxford Police Chief Anthony Saad, Spencer Police Chief David Darrin, Webster Police Chief Michael Shaw, interim Leicester Police Chief Kenneth Antanavica, retired Southbridge Police Chief Dan Charette, and retired Charlton Police Chief James Pervier are among the thousands of individuals who will be taking part in the 31st annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk on Sunday, September 22.

These law enforcement leaders are walking as part of Team Police Chiefs, which includes a roster of nearly 100 individuals, according to their Jimmy Fund Walk fundraising page. The event benefits the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s Jimmy Fund program, raising $8.5 million last year to help in the fight against cancer. More than 8,200 walkers took part last year, choosing between multiple routes that range this year from the equivalents of a 5K (3.1 miles), 10K (6.2 miles), half-marathon (13.1 miles), and marathon (26.2 miles). The full marathon route mirrors the path runners take each spring in the Boston Marathon, while the half-marathon route runs along the second half of that same route, including a trip up Heartbreak Hill.

According to a press release issued by the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association, police chiefs from across Massachusetts are banding together for the fundraising event with a goal to collectively raise $125,000 “towards cutting-edge research and compassionate patient care happening at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.” As of publication, the group has collected more than $50,000 toward that goal.

The Jimmy Fund has been the primary charity of the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police Association since 1953, the press release noted.

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