The latest Natick, Mass., charity news:
Zach’s Pack aims to raise $1M
One of the many inspirational stories at this Sunday’s Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk along the race course involves Zach’s Pack, a team led by Natick High Vice Principal Zach Galvin, a 27-year survivor of Stage IV Hodgkins Disease.
This will mark Galvin’s 27th year participating in the event, and coming into the Oct. 1 walk, his team has raised more than $890K. More than $64K has been added to that during fundraising for this year’s walk, so $1M is within reach.
“I participate in the Jimmy Fund Walk because even in 1996, it was clear to me that my success was because people I will never know donated funds to help create the treatments that could battle my cancer,” according to a statement from Galvin shared by the Jimmy Fund Walk. “Over the years… this ‘paying it forward’ turned into a real mission to raise a million dollars, and we have worked at it for many years….26 to be specific… and not even a heart attack (2010) or continued heart issues during the walk (2016, when I had to stop walking at 13.1 miles, ) or dealing with triple bypass and aortic valve replacement in 2017 (caused by the radiation damage to my heart that was necessary to during the battle back in ’96) …none of those things have ever made me miss getting to the marathon route and moving my feet.”
Community Foundation for MetroWest gets $25K grant
The Sudbury Foundation has awarded a total of $459,254 in grants to 11 organizations, including an emergency grant of $25K to Natick-based Community Foundation for MetroWest to support its work with migrants.
The Sudbury Foundation is a private foundation working to transform lives and strengthen communities through grants and scholarship programs in Sudbury and surrounding communities.
Natick Service Council collecting food in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month
In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated from Sept. 15-Oct. 15, Natick Service Council will be collecting Hispanic/Latin food items to stock in the food pantry.
The Council seeks volunteers on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 9am-3pm to collect pantry items at Roche Bros. in Natick.
Please contact Kelsey Hampton if you’re available to work a shift.
Preschoolers donate diapers
Preschoolers and their families at Primrose School of Natick recently donated 2,600 diapers to A Place to Turn’s Diaper Project to help families in need. The diapers were collected at the school’s end-of-summer family barbecue.