BOSTON (WBZ-AM) -- Each month, “WBZ Cares” highlights a worthy non-profit organization and tells the story of what that organization does for the community. This month WBZ is profiling St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital which advances cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment.
The St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer takes place Saturday on Boston Common. New Hampshire restaurant owner Bobby Marcotte fields a team every year.
“Majority of that credit’s my mom, who’s kinda taking the role of team captain and really pushed to get people involved and our team’s grown from, I think first year we might have had six of us and think this year we’ll be up to 30 something of us, all walking and getting involved,” says Marcotte.
Bobby's daughter, Alanna, passed away four-years ago, battling cancer her entire life. He says the walk/run helps keep his daughter's spirit alive.
“We’re just constantly on social media blasting, pushing people to join the team, pushing people to donate, and really getting’ early starts to keep ourselves in the top tier. My daughter was quite a competitive individual so we know we gotta be at the top tier if we are going to be involved with this, so, we kinda keep her spirit alive in that essence,” Marcotte said.
He says the walk/run, and the work St. Jude does, helps spread awareness about the battle against childhood cancer.
“My daughter fought cancer from the time she was born until the time she was 13, so, just to see the growth from when she was born in 2000 of awareness it’s really quite remarkable, I mean, you never heard anything about September being childhood cancer month, you never heard anything about going gold for cancer, and I just feel like word has really spread in just in the short time that I’ve gotten myself involved with the fight,” Marcotte concluded.
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