On Sunday, May 6th, thousands of walkers participated in the 50thWalk for Hunger, sponsored by the organization Project Bread. This annual fundraiser feeding hungry people is the oldest continuous fundraising walk of any type in the country. The twenty-mile course starts on the Boston Common, proceeds to Newton Center, then to Watertown Square before heading back along the river to the Boston Common. Among the thousands of walkers was Waverley Oaks member Gerry Missal.
Gerry has participated in “The Walk” for over twenty-five years, more than half the number of the walks existence. While previously walking the entire twenty miles, these past few years, after a hip replacement, Gerry has had to stop at Watertown Square, a total of eleven miles. This year, Gerry met his fundraising goal of $5,000. According to Project Bread records, he has now a cumulative total of over $62,000 for the years of his participation. Still hunger exists despite the efforts of thousands of walkers over the past five decades.
Gerry says “At 72 years of age, I have been a member of Waverley Oaks since 2000. I try my best to stay in shape for The Walk, and for life in general, with the help of my exceptional trainer, Jon Mack.”
Congratulations Gerry for your incredible determination, we are very proud of you and can’t want to see you keep walking and raising money for a great charity!