In 2008, after a long bout with cancer, James McDonald or “Jimbo” passed away at the age of 59. Jimbo left behind some great friends and family, who were not ready to see him go. For most, the hardest part of Jimbo’s passing was the fact that Jimbo lived and loved life to the fullest. His laughter and mere enjoyment of the littlest things in life were infectious. He had an inspirational way of bringing out the kid in everyone he met and he truly believed that no matter how old he got, he still was a kid inside. Jimbo believed that if he could remain a kid in his own eyes that he truly would live forever. Unfortunately for all of us who remain, Jimbo didn’t make it to forever—however his legacy as the “kid” definitely will.
In the wake of his passing, family and friends decided to prove that the kid really can’t be beaten. You see, Jimbo ran the Philadelphia Broad Street Run in 1984 and it was one of his proudest moments. With this in mind, his family and friends decided to follow in his footsteps and run the 2008 Philadelphia Broad Street Run in his memory. They called themselves Jimbo’s Squad. In its inaugural year, the Squad raised over $7,600, had 33 Broad Street runners, 135 donors, and over 40 supporters on the course cheering the team on.
It was truly was a spectacular first year and a true testament to the impact Jimbo had on all who knew him. The support and enthusiasm was so great that Jimbo’s Squad decided to continue the tradition for future Board Street Runs, in addition to hosting special events throughout the year to support those battling Cancer.And so…Jimbo’s Squad will carry on the fight.
Due to the exceptional care and treatment that Jim received while he was under the care of the staff at Fox Chase Cancer Center, his friends and family decided to make a dedicated effort to support Fox Chase Cancer Center. Jimbo’s Squad has since become an affiliate fundraising group of the Fox Chase Cancer Center’s Board of Associates and is committed to raising money to benefit and assist the great care and treatment provided to patients at the Fox Chase Cancer Center.
For more information about Fox Chase Cancer Center and all of the good that they provide our society and their patients, please visit http://www.fccc.edu
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