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Medfield resident takes the Jimmy Fund Walk personally

Posted on: 09/17/2003

Medfield resident takes the Jimmy Fund Walk personally

By Christopher Carlin / CORRESPONDENT
Wednesday, September 17, 2003

Medfield resident Christopher Carlin is a man with a mission. Not only will he walk the 26.2-mile Boston Marathon course on Sept. 21 for the 10th time, he plans to raise $15,000 doing it. Carlin will once again be participating in the 15th annual Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk, benefiting the Dana Farber Cancer Institute.

And he's doing it for his sister.

Carlin, a 38-year-old father of three, started walking the Jimmy Fund walk in 1993. He usually walked it alone, until 2001, when the walk took on a new meaning. Carlin's younger sister, Pam, had been diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. He formed a team to walk in her honor, in hopes of giving her moral support and paying tribute to her courage and strength. Last year, he again brought together "Powered by Pam," and was joined by his two brothers, another sister, his father, and several friends and coworkers.

"Cancer is a terrible disease," says Carlin. "I've seen first hand the devastating effects it has on a person and the family. It just makes you realize what an important cause this is to support."

Over the last two years, Carlin and his walkers have raised nearly $60,000 for Dana Farber, earning recognition from the Institute as one of the strongest in the walk. In 2001, Carlin expanded his involvement in the organization by joining the Dana Farber Leadership Council, a group formed to increase awareness for the walk and raise funds for the Jimmy Fund. In 2002, the teams walking under the Leadership Council umbrella raised over $150,000 and through Carlin's involvement, $75,000 went towards brain tumor research.

This year he became co-chair of the walk committee, and also serves as a Captain's circle member. This group supports captains of other teams and guides them along in team building and fundraising for the walk.

Sadly, Pamela Carlin Reddan died in April of brain cancer at age 36. This year a team of 25 will be walking in her memory, with a fundraising goal of $25,000. Carlin hopes to bring in $15,000 of that himself. And he plans to continue the legacy for years to come.

"Each year we will now walk with a strong team in memory of my sister Pam, which is a testament to the spirit she displayed in her life," said Carlin.

If you would like to contribute to the walk, please go to, and click on "support a walker" and enter the name of the individual you would like to support.

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