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There's still time to donate to 'Zach's Pack'

 Chris Mulroney and Zach Galvin

It’s not too late to donate to “Zach’s Pack” and the 25th annual Jimmy Fund Boston Marathon Walk, which was held Sunday, September 8, and attracted thousands of walkers.

As of Sunday, “Zach’s Pack” had posted donations for this year totaling $23,000. Zach Galvin, vice principal of Natick High School and MTA member, hopes this year to exceed $500,000 in total donations since he began participating in 1998. Donations sent by October 31, 2013, will count toward this year’s walk. Click here to donate.

Galvin, pictured above with Massachusetts Child President Christine Mulroney, decided to begin “Zach’s Pack” when his own cancer went into remission in 1998. He lost his father to melanoma and acute leukemia this past summer, and his sister has also battled leukemia. 

After the event, Galvin said the walk “had many emotional moments as I remembered my dad numerous times along the way. I know he carried me up the hills of Newton. With me on the trek this year were 25 members of Zach's Pack, including several MTA educators. When our feet hit the pavement at 6 a.m. we were already above $22,000 raised for the research and treatments going on at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute and the Jimmy Fund. We’re happy to gather any financial support others may wish to send our way as we continue to work to raise $50,000 this year."

The Massachusetts Child, an MTA charity, donated T-shirts this year for the team’s participants. Mulroney said she initially became interested in the event when both of her daughters participated. “They got me hooked," said Mulroney. “My father died of cancer; I will give all I have to prevent another person's father from passing away from this disease. Zach's father's passing rekindled my passion. It's enough. Let's fight this.”

Money raised through the walk helps fund important clinical trials, develop new cancer-fighting drugs, develop community outreach programs and support patients by providing the little things that make the experience of fighting cancer a little easier.

Photos of Zach's Pack are posted on the MTA's Flickr site. View the entire collection of tweets, photos and Facebook posts at our Storify site.