Seven Derry residents will choose their own routes on Oct. 3 to walk for the annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk: Your Way.

Participants are encouraged to walk from wherever they are comfortable, whether it's on a local trail, neighborhood, park, or on a treadmill at their home.

Derry residents participating are Gina Affonso, Debbie Anshewitz, Ronald Hanscom, Brenda Lannon-Fritchy, Jean Manning, Erin Murphy and Jennifer Theroux.

The seven locals will be joined by thousands of others to participate in the virtual event that aims to recreate the most inspiring elements of the official walk day, uniting walkers to raise money to support all forms of adult and pediatric cancer care and cancer research at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

The event has raised more than $150 million for Dana-Farber in its 30-plus-year history.

Walk Heroes are matched with Jimmy Fund walk teams to also give participants a chance to connect with patients.

Derry resident Gracie Theroux, 3, is a Walk Hero, and is one that will inspire this year's walkers.

Gracie was diagnosed with B-cell acute Lymphoblastic leukemia and is matched with walk team Nuek the Leuk.

In a statement, Gracie said she likes to ride her tricycle, go to the beach and play with her big sister Lily and little brother Benjamin.

"Thank you to the doctors and nurses at the Jimmy Fund Clinic," Gracie added.

Zack Blackburn, director of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk said although this year's event is virtual, the meaning and mission remains the same.

"While we can't see everyone in person this year, we are excited for the virtual program to give participants the opportunity to support breakthroughs in cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in their own way," Blackburn said. "Together, from a safe distance, we will take critical strides in the journey to defy cancer."

Anyone interested in more information about the Jimmy Fund Walk can visit or call 866-531-9255.

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