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Liam Fitzgerald to kick off UMass Medicine Cancer Walk & Run Sunday

Runners participating in the 18th Annual UMass Medicine Cancer Walk & Run on Sunday, Sept. 25, will have a special guest to cheer them on at the start and give them a fist-bump at the finish.

Liam Fitzgerald, a boy best known for his support of the Boston Bruins in 2014 and who, with his family, has become an advocate for pediatric cancer research, will be at the start to kick off the 3.5-mile run and at the finish to encourage runners across the line.

Liam, who has Down syndrome, was diagnosed at age 3 with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia. Christine Fitzgerald, Liam’s mother, credited UMass Memorial Medical Center, where Liam was treated, for its great doctors and cutting-edge research.

This is the first time Liam, now 10, and Christine have participated in the UMass Medicine Cancer Walk & Run to raise money for cancer research. One hundred percent of the funds go toward supporting clinical trials, research, and patient care at UMass Medicine Cancer Center. More than $8 million has been raised since the walk began in 1999.

For more info about the walk, which takes place at the UMass Memorial Medical Center campus at 55 Lake Ave. North in Worcester, visit

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