The Fridgen family well knows the ordeal cancer causes for families. Donna Fridgen of Weymouth, watched the battles with the disease her father and mother, Richard and Anne Fridgen of Norwell both endured, both of them surviving, with Richard losing his mother, Emma Doll, to pancreatic cancer many years earlier. Donna Fridgen also lost a friend to the disease, and her boyfriend’s mother is in her own fight with it.
The father-and-daughter Fridgens are helping others by again planning to join the Boston Marathon Jimmy Fund Walk Sept. 8, which raises money for cancer care and research at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Donna Fridgen has walked the walk since it began in 1989. Her father, 80, has joined her for the last 23 of them. Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers.
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