‘Zach’s Pack’ is back for Jimmy Fund Walk

‘Zach’s Pack’ is back for Jimmy Fund Walk

Since his cancer went into remission 16 years ago, MTA member and Natick High School Vice Principal Zach Galvin has had many chances to give back. His leadership in the annual Jimmy Fund Boston Marathon Walk is only one example. Now, a death in the family presents another reason for Galvin to stay joined in the fight.

Galvin’s father, Edward F. Galvin Jr., died in July, a victim of melanoma and acute leukemia. The loss has been difficult, said Galvin, but it “revives the importance of doing this walk.” Galvin’s sister has also battled leukemia.

The vice principal, a resident of Wellesley, has led the “Zach’s Pack” team since 1998, and this year the team hopes to raise $50,000, for a total to date exceeding $500,000.

On September 8, Galvin will lace up his running shoes with, he hopes, plenty of supporters. MTA co-walkers and supporters will be highly visible in T-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “TEAM MTA” on the front, and some, including Galvin and his family members, will be wearing “Zach’s Pack” shirts. The TEAM MTA T-shirt idea was the brainchild of Christine Mulroney, president of The Massachusetts Child, an MTA charity that is donating the shirts for participating MTA members. Requests for T-shirts can be sent to clmulroney@gmail.com.

Members can participate in the walk by registering and walking as members of Zach’s Pack or by sending in donations in the name of the team. Information on the walk and a link to Galvin’s team page are available at www.jimmyfundwalk.org. The Zach’s Pack Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/zachspack4jimmyfund.

Galvin, a recipient of the MTA Human and Civil Rights Award in June 2012, sees survivorship as “something of a responsibility. That’s where my drive comes from, and the energy from that has stirred students and teachers and friends and people from all over the world to donate to children fighting cancer through the Jimmy Fund.”

This year is the 25th anniversary of the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, so named because it follows the route of the nation’s most celebrated foot race.