UMass Cancer Walk & Run

Survivor Lap Terri Danielle Patti

About the Event

Each September, the UMass Cancer Walk & Run brings thousands of individuals together to celebrate their fundraising success at the UMass Medical School campus in Worcester, MA. In an effort to combat cancer and improve treatments; passionate individuals, business leaders, employees and community organizations form teams to raise funds supporting cancer research and care at the UMass Cancer Center.


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 Central Massachusetts. The Manning family witnessed firsthand the damaging effects of cancer faced by their son Danny, Jr. only to lose him to cancer in 1994. Two years later, cancer also cut short the life of Dan Manning, Sr. Dottie Manning and Bob Haynes decided it was time to initiate a large-scale fundraising vehicle to fight cancer. In 1999 the walk was born. Over the years there have been many stories like that of the Manning family.

Read through all of our survivor stories and learn how hopeful and passionate our survivors are.

Why Give?

We realize the impact of the funds raised. Because of you, we are making breakthrough discoveries every day, saving lives and helping our patients manage their illness.

Your generosity allows us to provide highly specialized care, develop individual patient care programs and focus on groundbreaking research that changes the lives of our cancer patients. You will be rewarded with the satisfaction of knowing you’re helping families facing the most difficult times, while at the same time joining a spirited community devoted to improving the health and well-being of the Commonwealth and beyond.