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Your Impact

2020 marks the 15th anniversary of the Lahey Cancer Institute 5K Walk & Run. In the past fourteen years, this event has raised an impressive total of $3.25 million to enhance and support cancer services available at Lahey locations in Burlington, Peabody, Winchester, Beverly and Gloucester.

Proceeds from the Lahey Cancer Institute 5K Walk & Run have a tremendous impact in supporting cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery in the area. Funds have been used for:

  • Updating stem cell transplant rooms for patients and family.
  • Continuing system-wide cancer survivorship program.
  • Continuing to fund resources for the genetic counseling program, including a new Hereditary Risk Clinic in Winchester.
  • Expanding the Breast Cancer Risk Assessment programs in all Lahey Health breast imaging centers, impacting more than 84,000 women annually.
  • Purchasing new infusion chairs for Beverly Hospital.
  • Expanding the massage therapy program at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center (Burlington and Peabody). Providing high quality and safe integrative therapies including massage therapy, art therapy, pet therapy, reiki, yoga and music therapy for all sites.Integrative Health Coordinator and Oncology Massage therapist promotes the best possible outcome for every patient.
  • Continuing to support the legacy of the patient comfort fund at Winchester Hospital.
  • Creating new healing garden outside oncology clinic entrance at Beverly Hospital.

Your Stories

The Lahey Cancer Institute 5K Walk & Run provides an opportunity to come together for fun while honoring survivors, remembering loved ones lost, and illustrating we still have further to go in the fight against cancer.


Margaret Walsh

A series of coincidences saved Margaret Walsh’s life — from changing jobs and caring for her husband, to the release of the drug that sent her cancer into remission. She learned timing is everything. Read more...

Ariana Romano

For Ariana Scandone Romano, hitting a punching bag while boxing is a way to relieve stress and muscle tension – like a weight is lifted off her shoulders. For a while, that weight was a heavy one. Ariana is 33 and a breast cancer survivor. Read more...

Frank Flahive

Frank Flahive was a longtime smoker. When signing up for golf, he saw a poster for Lahey Health’s lung cancer screening program. He signed up for that too – and it may have saved his life. Early-stage cancer was found and treated, and now Frank is looking forward to a healthy retirement. Read more...

Betsy Soule

It was November 2011, and Betsy Soule thought she had a case of food poisoning. “Fast forward two months,” Betsy recounts, “and my primary care provider called me into her office to tell me I had colangiocarcinoma – liver cancer of the bile duct.” Her provider made an appointment for her the very next week with Lahey general surgeon Roger Jenkins, MD, and Betsy’s journey began. Read more...


Bruce Drewniany

Bruce Drewniany’s cancer journey has taken him from the depths of despair to the joy of survival. It started in April 2015 when he passed out cold on the living room floor. At his local hospital, tests were performed to identify the cause. Read more...