Since 1999, thousands of people come together in September on the campus shared by UMass Medical School and UMass Memorial to show their commitment to the fight against cancer. The money you and they raise together support adult and pediatric cancer research and care, and clinical trials of new potentially lifesaving therapies taking place right here in Central Massachusetts.
What began as a vision of the Manning family and close friend Bob Haynes has evolved into the largest, one-day, single-location fundraising event in our area.
Dan Manning Sr. and his wife Dottie witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of cancer: first on their son Danny Jr., who died in 1994, and then by Dan Sr., who lost his battle with cancer just two years later.
Dottie Manning and Bob Haynes then decided it was time to initiate a large-scale fundraising vehicle to fight cancer, and in 1999 the walk was born.