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Steps taken with purpose

Delmar woman training for marathon walk benefiting Boston cancer institute

Terry Moskowitz walks 10 miles every other day training for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk.

Terry Moskowitz walks 10 miles every other day training for the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk. Photo by John Purcell.

— The walk has new meaning this year after the Boston Marathon bombing. Organizers are letting anyone who did not finish the race in April to enter the Jimmy Fund Walk for free.

“Usually there are around 10,000 people … but two weeks into the open admissions they have allowed around 5,000 (of Boston Marathon participations) to be admitted,” Moskowitz said.

Moskowitz gets to walk with different people each year. One year, she walked with a woman who had survived three bouts of cancer whose husband had left her because he couldn’t take it anymore, Moskowitz said.

“The last two or three miles her son walked with us,” she said. “She was just so excited about doing it and I was so excited for her.”

There was another year when she walked with a woman whose husband survived cancer, but he wasn’t able to attend the marathon due to his health.

“She was there with her friends and I walked with her. She just cried almost the entire time,” Moskowitz said.

Training for the marathon and other like it does help her feel “alive,” but is also happy to give a part of herself to help someone else.

“Maybe they will be able to eradicate cancer someday,” she said. “I am one of the lucky ones.”

To contribute towards Moskowitz’s Jimmy Fund Walk effort you can go to www.jimmyfundwalk.org and search for her name.

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