Friends raise thousands with marathon walk

Friends raise thousands with marathon walk

walkers who raised money for THE Cystic Fibrosis FOUNDATION stand together on White Pine Drive in Cumberland before their 26.2-mile walk last Friday morning, May 22. From left, are Cameron Cronin, Amber Wood, Maggie Healy, Casey Farrell, Elizabeth Losiewicz, Alexa Thibodeau and Racheal Khimatian. (Breeze photos by Robert Emerson)

CUMBERLAND – Casey Farrell, a 2019 graduate of Cumberland High School, said her original goal with a planned 26.2-mile fundraising walk around town was to raise $500 for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

As of early this week, Farrell and her friends were approaching $6,000 raised through their “Marathon for Mags” last Friday, May 22, in honor of Farrell’s cousin, Maggie Healy, who has cystic fibrosis.

Overall, said Farrell, it was a great success, and she was so happy to be able to help the cousin she is so close with.

“It ended up going very well,” she said.

She and four other friends did about 14-minute miles, slowing considerably after mile 20 when they stopped at Maggie’s house off Diamond Hill Road to eat a cake.

Farrell said she was inspired by a similar fundraiser she saw on TikTok. She and fellow 2019 CHS graduate Cameron Cronin both finished the 26.2 miles, while high school classmates Amber Wood, Alexa Thibodeau and Elizabeth Losiewicz all participated in much of the walk.

Farrell said friends and family helped generate buzz for the fundraiser online, and people along the walk route contributed nearly $100 as well. The original goal of the online fundraiser was $1,000, and that amount was raised to $2,000 within a day of its start.

The route included visits to Del’s, Cumberland House of Pizza, Slow Molasses for fundraiser bracelets, North Cumberland Middle School, Cumberland Farms, the Monastery, bike path and Reservoir Road, she said. She made a map in advance and had people waiting for the participants at various points along the way.

Farrell plays tennis at Salve Regina, and because of a time conflict with her matches this year, was unable to participate in the 25-mile bike ride fundraiser she normally participates in. She said the walk replaced that race.
“It definitely was not as easy as the bike race, but the end result and feeling of accomplishment was totally worth it,” she said.

Maggie Healy, left, and her cousin Casey Farrell before the beginning of last Friday’s walk. Maggie, who has Cystic Fibrosis, was the inspiration for the fundraiser, “A Marathon for Mags.” Five 2019 Cumberland High School graduates are raising money and walked 26.2 miles through Cumberland for Cystic Fibrosis research.