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UMass Cancer Walk participants.

Each year, you and thousands of people like you, make the UMass Cancer Walk a success. The money you raise supports adult and pediatric cancer research and care, and clinical trials of new potentially lifesaving therapies taking place right here in Central Massachusetts at UMass Chan Medical School.

Show your support today

2024 UMass Cancer Walk


Sunday, Sept. 29, 2024 

The event will be held rain or shine.

Can’t make it on Walk day? You can still register and fundraise and walk on a day that works best for you.

Whether you walk as an individual, join a team, or support a participant, you are contributing to the fight against cancer.


Polar Park, 100 Madison St, Worcester, MA 01608

Schedule of events

Times are approximate.

  • 8 a.m. - Gates open and walkers are welcome 
  • 9 a.m. - Survivor Lap
  • 9:20 a.m. - Opening Ceremonies 
  • 10 a.m. - Walk begins 

Route length 

The 3-mile walk starts and ends at Polar Park. 

Walkers also have the option to walk the inside of the warning track (strip around the outside edge of the baseball field) at their leisure. 

Fundraising goal



The registration fee is $15 for individual walkers over 12 years of age. Children 12 and younger can register for free using the promotion code CHILD. 

Registration deadline

Registration closes at noon on Friday, Sept. 27. Day-of registration is $20 for everyone over the age of 12. 


Thanks to generous sponsors, snacks and fruit will be available at Polar Park.

Celebrating superheroes

Once again this year, we will be honoring patients, family members, healthcare providers, researchers, sponsors and volunteers—and you—with our superhero theme. By raising money and taking part in the walk, you have the “power” to save the lives of cancer patients. Superheroes may make appearances and participants are encouraged to dress up as superheroes!  

Fun for the whole family

Walkers of all ages are welcome to take part in the walk. A "Kid's Zone" area of the park will feature coloring and sidewalk chalk.

More information

More information, including the route and parking, is being finalized. Check back as updates will be posted on this page.

Why take part?

Your commitment to raise funds to support the UMass Cancer Walk is vital to the researchers and physician-scientists at our UMass Cancer Center.

Your efforts enable them to focus on critical research, including clinical trials, that have the potential to change the lives of those with cancer. The funds you raise will help us develop groundbreaking cancer therapies and treatments. Your participation provides hope to those who need it most.


Dottie Manning witnessed firsthand the devastating effects of cancer. First, she and her husband Dan Manning Sr. lost their son Danny to the disease in 1994. More devastating loss followed just two years later, when Dan Sr. lost his battle.

It was then that Dottie and family friend Bob Haynes decided it was time to take a stand. Together, they started a large-scale fundraising event to fight cancer, and in 1999 the walk was born. Since then, the UMass Cancer Walk has become the largest, one-day, single-location fundraising event in our area. The effect has been tremendous. Supporters like you have raised more than $16 million.