In 2008, after a long bout with cancer, James, “Jimbo,” McDonald passed away at the age of 59. Jimbo was known to his family and friends as the guy with the kid-like spirit and a passion for living life to the fullest. He used this passion when he ran the Philadelphia Broad Street Run in 1984 and it was one of his proudest moments. With this in mind, family and friends joined together to do the Broad Street Run each year in his memory, calling themselves “Jimbo’s Squad.”
Today, Jimbo’s Squad’s goal is to aid the Fox Chase Cancer Center’s mission to prevail over cancer by providing education to the community and facilitating patient care and comfort at the Center. Jimbo’s Squad raises money to help comfort and aid cancer patients as they take on the fight of their life. Money raised by Jimbo’s Squad provides fleece blankets and comfortable pillows to hospitalized patients, puppets to help share bad news with children and CDs and DVDs for patients to pass the time during hospitalizations and treatments.
The Squad’s efforts extend beyond daily patient needs, providing cancer stricken families with all expenses paid vacations to the Jersey Shore as well as gifting holiday presents and additional aid during the winter season through their “Jimbo Claus” drive.
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