Bristol man runs to fight cancer

A Bristol man is joining 60 others to pound the pavement in memory of their fallen friend and to raise money for cancer research.

Bristol resident Christopher Fortune is scheduled run the 42nd annual New Balance Falmouth Road Race in Falmouth, Mass., as a member of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute’s team. Fortune, along with more than 225 Dana-Farber teammates from New England and beyond, will cover the seven-mile course with a goal to raise $700,000 for cancer research at Dana-Farber. In 2014, the Dana-Farber team celebrates its 12th year of participation in the race’s Numbers for Nonprofits program.

Fortune, is a member of “Team Lanzoni,” a group of more than 60 people from the 99 Restaurants who have run the Falmouth Road Race to support Dana-Farber for the past seven years. Team Lanzoni runs in memory of their friend and colleague, David Lanzoni, who lost his battle with cancer in 2006. Since its inception in 2006, Team Lanzoni has raised more than $1 million for Dana-Farber through its Falmouth Road Race participation.

Each Dana-Farber Falmouth team member commits to raise or contribute at least $1,250. The team this year is striving to raise an average of $3,100 per runner. All money raised will benefit the Jimmy Fund, which solely supports Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, raising funds for adult and pediatric cancer care and research to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world.

To learn more about running for Dana-Farber or to support a runner, visit www.rundanafarber.org.

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