To the editor:

On Sunday, June 23, the 29th annual North Shore Cancer Walk was held at Salem Willows Park. Thousands of walkers came out on a beautiful summer day for this annual celebration of life, hope and courage in honor of all those who have been touched by this disease.

Thank you to the walk co-chairs Steve Austin and Kelly Donahue for sharing their stories with the walk community and for their dedication to North Shore Medical Center and the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center.

While we are still tallying the fundraising numbers and collecting donations, we would like to thank everyone in the community who raised funds or donated to the WALK this year. Since its inception, the walk has raised more than $23 million. 2019 walk funds will be used to provide support to oncology services at the North Shore Medical Center’s Salem campus as well as for clinical trials, wellness care and other oncology services at the Mass General/North Shore Medical Center in Danvers. Funds have also been used to help build a new oncology pod in the new inpatient floor at North Shore Medical Center which will open in October, 2019.

North Shore Medical Center and the Mass General/North Shore Cancer Center are very appreciative of the support from our presenting sponsors: Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation and Commonwealth Radiology Associates. The walk wouldn’t be nearly as successful without them and our other sponsors.

We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the city of Salem fire, parks, parking and police departments and the hundreds of volunteers who assisted in coordinating a safe and entertaining day. Additionally, we are very grateful to Sue Tabb of Magic 106.7 FM for once again serving as emcee of our program. A big thank you also to cancer survivor, Darlene Louf for singing the national anthem, Los Sugar Kings for performing at the walk, and to the Debbie’s Snack Cakes team under the leadership of Chris Cole, who served as grand marshals of the 2019 walk.

For nearly three decades, the North Shore Cancer walk has brought together a community committed to raising money for those battling cancer and to honor those who have lost their lives to cancer. We are grateful to the thousands of participants and supporters who come out for this event. The many stories of courage and resolve are truly an inspiration. It reminds us as to why the walk is so important to so many people on the North Shore. We are looking forward to the 30th anniversary next year!

David J. Roberts, MD


North Shore Medical Center